Saturday, 27 October 2012

Halloween Baking: Spooky Spider Cakes

Are you embracing all things Halloween? Looking forward to a spook-tacular weekend?

Not entirely sure? Take the What Kate Baked Halloween quiz to find out...

1.This Halloween, you'll be...

a) Spending the next 48 hours celebrating All Hallows' Eve!
b) Baking Halloween- themed treats
c) Refusing to acknowledge anything to do with such commercialized nonsense

2. You've been invited to a Halloween Fancy Dress Party. You'll be going as:

a) the pumpkin-zombie mash-up you've been hand-crafting for the last six months
b) Paul Hollywood from the Great British Bake Off
c) Nothing. The invitation is in the recycling bin

3. The doorbell goes. You:

a) Realise you've rung your own doorbell- you are the trick-and-treater!
b) Present the Trick -n- Treaters with a fine selection of home made creepy cakes and a glass of Wicked Witch Punch
c) Ignore it

4. Your idea of the perfect Halloween viewing is:

a) Alien III
b) Great British Bake Off Series 3
c) 3 Men and a Baby

5. When you hear the word 'ghost', do you think:

a) Like soooo the easiest Halloween costume ever- a white bed sheet and you're done!
b) Ohhh, little meringues!
c) Academy Awards! Patrick Swaze! The romance! 

Your answers...

  • Mostly As: Have you spent the last 364 days preparing for this weekend?! Reward yourself with three of these Spooky Spider Cakes!
  • Mostly Bs: Halloween is a grand excuse to pop the oven on! A few more ghoulish treats can be found right here: Halloween Baking. Grab yourself two of the Spooky Spider Cakes!
  • Mostly Cs: Halloween, shamalloween: Pop on the Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Special and munch on a Spooky Spider Cake!

Halloween Spooky Spider Cakes

For the cakes:
150ml natural yoghurt (one of those mini pots)
3 beaten eggs
155g golden caster sugar
140g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds

50g cocoa powder
175g melted butter

For the decoration:
200g icing sugar
100g unsalted butter
Seeds from half a vanilla pod
A little splash of milk if needed

Approximately 30g of Strawberry laces
30g chocolate buttons
30g white chocolate buttons

1. Pop the yoghurt and eggs in a jug and mix together
2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder and almonds together with a pinch of salt into a large bowl and make a well in the middle
3. Add the butter and the yogurt mixture. Fold using a spatula, trying not to overwork and spoon into a 12 case muffin tin with paper cases
4. Pop in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden, risen and springy to touch
5. At this stage you can freeze 'em until you need 'em
6. Meanwhile to make the icing: beat together the icing sugar, butter and vanilla seeds until smooth, adding a splash or two of milk if needed. Meanwhile create a spider web on a serving plate using the sweet laces
7. Once the cakes are cooled, turn upside onto a serving plate and spread the icing over the cakes. Create the spider legs with the strawberry and use the chocolate buttons to create spider eyes

Baker's notes...

  • David Attenborough won't be impressed: my spiders aren't terribly anatomically correct
  • This month's Calender Cakes theme is Halloween and is hosted by Dolly Bakes- these Spooky Spider Cakes are heading straight over to Dolly and her co-host Laura
  • What are your horribly Halloweeny plans this weekend?
Calendar Cakes Blogger Challenge


  1. Tee hee - they are so cute! Great job. For the record I am not strictly a halloween fan ... but I am growing into it since being int he UK. I will be baking some spider 'treats' this afternoon to mark the occasion, I hope they turn out half as well as your little guys.

  2. Hahaha, cutest spiders ever! Also, strawberry laces are my favourite sweets so if I made these, they would all be legless!

  3. Hurrah - finally, spiders legs I can eat! Everyone always uses black liquorice which is obviously the tool of the devil. Red though - divine!
    Your spiders are beautiful

  4. Very cute! I'm sure it doesn't matter if they're missing a few legs - after all, why are they greedy enough to need eight in the first place?!

  5. These cakes are so cute and I love all the little sweet treats which you also get to eat along with the cupcake. Kids would absolutely love well as big kids! I took the quiz and was mosty B's...Halloween is definitely a great excuse to bake up some treats! Thanks for entering Calendar Cakes :-)

  6. Lol! Love the bug eyes on these cakes, such fun Kate! I always make spooky spider cakes every year, as well as hooting owls too! Have a howling Halloween! Karen

  7. What cute cakes! I love how you've made them, I'm definitely going to have to have a go at them with my niece and nephew tomorrow, fabulous!

  8. Haha I love them! They are rather adorable little spiders!

  9. we made very similar spider cakes for halloween. B


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