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Chocolate Spider Web Cake, American

Chocolate Spider Web Cake - 1998 Halloween
A Chocolate Spider Web Cake is an eye-catching dessert for Halloween with a web spun from white chocolate trailed across chocolate icing.

For Halloween, Spin A Spider Web Cake
Treat your holiday guests with this festive dessert.

Scare up some fun at your Halloween party with a Chocolate Spider Web Cake, a moist cake whose flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder. It can make a decorative centerpiece as well as an appropriate dessert for this night of fright.

After you spread the chocolate frosting onto the cake, use melted white chocolate chips to create a web. Microwave the chips and shortening in a small, heavy seal top plastic bag. Make a small diagonal cut in a bottom corner of the bag.

Starting at the outside rim, squeeze thin lines of white chocolate in a circular motion across the top of the cake. Repeat so that there are four or five circles inside one another. To complete the web, gently drag a knife or toothpick from the center of the cake to the edge, drawing eight to 10 lines evenly around the cake, to create the look of a spider web.

Garnish the cake with a "spider" use a peppermint patty for the body, a round caramel for the head and black liquorices for the legs. Or, decorate with a store-bought plastic spider.

Ingredients
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk (see NOTE)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows)
Preparation Instructions

Heat oven to 350° F. Thoroughly grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl, add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low speed of mixer 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting. Immediately pipe or drizzle Spider Web in 4 or 5 circles on top of cake. Using a knife or wooden pick, immediately draw 8 to 10 lines from center to edges of cake at regular intervals to form web Garnish with a "spider" made from candies. Makes 12 servings.

NOTE: To sour milk, use 4 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 1/2 cup.

Contributed by Intelligencer, 1998

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