It’s time for another Halloween bake, this is very similar to the pumpkins in that it could get messy depending on how you decorate this. I know you must be thinking…slimy? But trust me, this cake tastes waayyy better than it sounds, it’s only a very simple Victoria sponge but to Halloween it up you get to be as creative as you want with the decorations on top!
200g Caster Sugar
200g Butter (softened)
200g Self-Raising Flour ( I used plain flour, add 2 tsp of baking powder in NOW with this mix if you’re using plain flour)
1 extra tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Milk
Yellow, Blue and Red Food Colouring
(For The Filling)
100g Butter (softened)
140g Icing Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
170g Jam Of Your Choice (I used strawberry)
Heat your oven to 170 fan/190C/ Gas Mark 5 and line/grease 2 20cm round baking tins. I used a pastry brush to just paint on some butter and it worked fine, I only do that because it’s way more eco-friendly than parchment/grease-proof paper.
In a large bowl, mix all your main ingredients (apart from the food colouring and sprinkles!) with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth and creamy with no lumps.
Once you have your smooth batter, divide the mixture evenly between your two greased tins and make sure to smooth the top of the batter with the back of a spoon/spatula once in the tin so you get an even bake!
Now the easy bit, bake the cakes for 20 mins until golden with a bit of a spring-back when you touch them.
Once they’re done leave them in the tins for around 15 mins to cool slightly before taking them out and leaving for another 45 minutes on a wire rack to cool completely.
While you’re waiting for them to cool, it's time to make the filling! Add the butter and vanilla extract into the bowl, add the icing sugar in small increments so it doesn’t go all over you and your kitchen! You should get a creamy, spreadable consistency for your buttercream.
Now to assemble! Your cakes should be cool by now, so it's time for the filling!
On the bottom cake, slice a small layer off the top so you have a smooth base before dolloping on your creamy filling, use about 90% of your cream filling but save a little bit to use on top. Once your cream is on, add the layer of jam and sandwich the other cake on top.
Doesn’t it look amazing?!
Now, with your leftover filling, smooth it all over the top of the cake so we have a base for our food colouring and decorations, it doesn’t need to be too thick because the filling inside is already very sweet, just enough on top to support your design!
This is the part where it’s up to you! I used my food colouring in little drops across the cake and then sprinkled my gold chunks to create (what I thought was) a night sky, my partner then came in with a knife and started swirling it all around which I thought had ruined it but…when I took a picture it came out looking a creepy dragon!!! So if you want a creepy dragon looking cake just mix all your colours together in swirls, add some shiny decorations and make sure to include larger decorations that will hopefully look like eyes!
I hope your cake looks the way you wanted it to and you’re ready to share it with your family (or munch it all to yourself!!). We both really love it, we kept it under some foil and the cake stayed lovely and moist even days afterwards, but I’m sure it would last even longer if you kept in an airtight container too. I will definitely be using this recipe again (it came from bbcgoodfood) to make a similar but slightly more minimalist Halloween sponge cake in the coming weeks!
This recipe is so simple and fun that it’s great for a bit of “me” time on your own to just relax and bake but it’s also good to get the family involved in something they’ll all enjoy. It only uses a few ingredients so you may not even need to go out to buy extra (I’m sure we’ve all got some old food colouring just waiting to be used at the back of the cupboard) and the design part is fun because it’ll come out different every time, use this is a trial run and I think you’ll be surprised what you can come up with for this quirky cake.
Let your spooky creativity free and make it as scary, silly or messy as you want!