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Black widow cake – dare you take a slice!

28 October 2015

black widow cake


The night is dark, the pumpkins are carved, cobwebs in place and frightful happenings are on the cards. It’s time for a Halloween party and all parties need a cake. This black widow cake is a sweet-but-spooky treat, is vegan and makes a perfect centrepiece to any Halloween party table.


Black Widow Cake

Serves 10 slices

Preparation 15 minutes

Cooking 45 minutes





For the cake:


100g soft eating liquorice pieces
175ml water
250ml vegetable oil
165g self-raising flour
100g sugar
25g cocoa powder
50g walnut pieces, ground
2 tbsp gram flour mixed with 4 tbsp water
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
Few drops vanilla extract


For the icing:

60g icing sugar
½ tsp food colouring (optional)

1 tbsp water

To decorate:


Black icing pen

1 piece of soft eating liquorice



  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C/ Gas Mark 4. Chop the liquorice into small pieces and put in a small pan with 175ml water. Boil for about 5 minutes until the liquorice is starting to go soft and mushy. Remove from the heat and pour in the vegetable oil, stirring well.
  2. Put the remaining cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir in the liquorice mixture.
  3. Put in a small (18cm) lined cake tin and bake in the oven for 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out of the middle of the cake clean.
  4. Leave in the cake tin to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Mix together the icing sugar, food colouring (if using) and water, then spread over the cooled cake with a palette knife, gently and evenly. Using the black icing pen draw a web pattern on top of the icing. Then make a spider out of the spare piece of liquorice!

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