Saturday, 27 October 2007

Halloween cakes

Halloween is fast approaching, and those of us with younger children may be looking for something easy and fun that they can do that doesn't involve a computer.

Halloween sponge cakes are probably the easiest cakes to make, and the children can help measuring out, mixing and icing once they've been cooked.


110g (4oz) Butter or margarine
110g (4oz) Caster sugar (you can use normal sugar at a pinch)
110g (4oz) Self-raising flour
2 eggs
Vanilla essence and / or lemon essence
Blue and yellow food colouring


Preheat oven to 190°C: 375°F: Gas 5.
Whisk together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
Add the beaten eggs gradually with a little of the flour.
Fold in the remaining sieved flour and add the flavouring (about half a teaspoon of each).
Also add half a teaspoon of each of the yellow and blue food colourings - the mix should go a very nice shade of green.
Divide the mix into twelve individual cake cases (make sure the cases have been greased first).
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
Turn out on to a wire rack to cool

Don't forget to ice the cakes in green or red once they've cooled.

Halloween cakes - as iced by three children,
aged 4, 7 and 33. . . .

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