... I adore Halloween... if there was one festival in the year when I wish I was American then this has to be it. Whilst for us in the UK and the rest of the western world it really is one of those daft, commercial festivals with no real roots, for them, other than Thanksgiving, it seems to be their own true holiday and boy do they lavish in it... it's serious business, steeped in folklore and tradition and I think is an incredible way to welcome the winter months in style... and there have been some incredible halloween recipes out there in blog-land but one that caught my eye and inspired me to get creative was this very simple bundt from the brilliant Lizzie over at me and my shadow... whilst Lizzie has gone less for horror and more for taste it totally sparked my wicked side...
I wanted to keep this really simple so that anyone could have a go at creating it... so the cake itself is really just a sponge with a heck of a lot of red food dye - although I think I could have gone further with it - and then it's all about some very simple decoration in the form of some melted chocolate which I brushed on to create a 'log' effect and some spiderwebbing with white icing... believe me, if I can do this then so can anyone...
for the sponge
3 large free-range eggs
240g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 teaspoons good quality red food colour
a little milk
for the icing
90g very dark chocolate
150g icing sugar
a little water
pre-heat the oven to 170C and grease your bundt tin - I recon this recipe will work for any size
cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy then add one egg and beat in followed by a third of the flour and baking powder and beat in, continue to add eggs and flour until they've all gone and then add a little milk to slacken along with the vanilla and food colouring till you beat it to a colour that looks suitably horrific
pour into your bundt tin and bake for 30 mins or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean - set aside for 5 mins then turn out and let it cool entirely
melt the dark chocolate and then brush it on to the cake using a pastry brush. Once it's cooled and hardened a little, mix the icing sugar with enough water to create a thickish paste and drizzle on in a spiderweb pattern
eat and of course, enjoy!