Chocolate Surprise Halloween Cake

This cake is a devilish mix of rich dark chocolate, lime and chilli – just perfect for Halloween! I baked it in two small semi-spherical cake tins and stuck them together with chocolate buttercream. I then covered the whole cake with chocolate buttercream and roll-out fondant – coloured to look like a dark sky. I then modelled the witch and her broomstick, her cat, and bats from coloured sugar-paste. She looks quite gruesome!

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The cake recipe is adapted from a plain chocolate cake in ‘Cake Decorating Motifs’ by Sheila Lampkin.

The idea for the witch was adapted from Debbie Brown’s Enchanting Magical Cakes.


100g Butter, softened

165g Caster Sugar

2 Eggs, beaten

40g Self-Raising Flour

115g Plain Flour

40g Cocoa Powder

½ Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

1 teaspoon Lime Juice and Zest 1 Lime

A good pinch of Chilli Powder

140ml Milk

100g Dark Chocolate Chips

I mixed all the ingredients together well, but beating only for about a minute. The mixture was divided between the two prepared tins and baked for about 35 minutes at 170c. (Note: the tins need to be stood onto another tin to support them as they will tip over in the oven.)

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This a rich chocolate cake with a surprise kick, from the lime and chilli – probably a little adult for Halloween but why shouldn’t we have some fun too!!


…And just in case the children feel left out I’ve made some chocolate orange cupcakes with pumpkin head toppers! The basic chocolate sponge was the same as above but without the chilli and lime. I added a square of galaxy chocolate to each cupcake  instead and then made a buttercream icing with orange juice and zest.



3 thoughts on “Chocolate Surprise Halloween Cake

  1. Pingback: We Should Cocoa Halloween Round Up |

  2. Such a brilliant cake, how clever you are. Love the broomstick, cat and sky elements. The cake flavours sound right up my street – Im a chilli fiend and a fan of chocolate and lime. Thanks for entering this into We Should Cocoa – fab entry.


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