If you are looking for an easy and quick cake to make for Halloween, this spooky spider cake may be just what you are searching for. I have found from personal experience, I save a lot of money when my kids and I create our own decorated holiday cakes. We save money and make fun memories at the same time.
Make a spooky spider cake to serve for a Halloween party, to give as treats on trick-or-treat night, or to enjoy while sitting at home watching tv. It can even be made to serve to senior citizens at the local senior citizen’s center. It sometimes seems seniors are the best at staying young at heart.
This cake brings smiles and lots of giggles to young and old alike. It’s yummy regardless of where it gets served.
It uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. It mixes up quickly, in fact you don’t even have to use an electric mixer for it to turn out great but, you can if you really want to. It doesn’t require fancy ingredients ,either, which makes it a real winner in my book.
To make spooky spider Halloween cake, you will need to purchase in advance of cake baking day, one bag of plastic Halloween creepy crawlers for each cake made. I bought mine from the local dollar store for a dollar a bag. The bag I purchased was mostly orange and black spiders with a few bats thrown in for good measure.
The spiders are actually plastic finger rings for kids. Plastic spider rings are really a popular item with kids at Halloween. It adds even more fun seeing people eating the cake while wearing the plastic finger rings.
You can make the Halloween cake as a two layer cake, as a 13×9 cake, or as cup cakes. We chose to make our’s as a two layer cake although the cup cakes would probably have been easier to serve.
This easy chocolate cake is perfect to make for Halloween or anytime of the year. Just bake, frost, and skip the spooky spider decorations. Anytime you need to bake a cake when you don’t have eggs available to make a cake, bake this cake and forget about needing eggs.
If kids are involved in the baking part, be sure to have an adult supervising at all times to prevent burns and other mishaps.
Spooky Spider Cake for Halloween aka Quick Chocolate Cake
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons vinegar
6 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups water
Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Beat by hand approximately 200 strokes or use an electric mixer and beat for approximately 2 minutes. Grease and flour pans or if making cupcakes, line cupcake pans with cupcake papers.
Bake at 350 degrees until done. Cake will pull away slightly from sides of pan and it will spring back when gently touched in the center.
While your Halloween cake cools, prepare the frosting.
Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1/4 cup of powdered cocoa
3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar (10x sugar, powdered sugar)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of margarine, softened
1 teaspoon milk
Mix all ingredients together until. Beat by hand until creamy or use an electric mixer. Add more milk if needed to make frosting spreadable.
Let the cake cool then frost with the buttercream frosting.
Decorate with the plastic creepy crawlers, spiders, and bats. This is the part the kids really enjoy doing. Stick the ring part of the spiders into the icing.
Make this a family activity and stay open minded concerning how the cake will look once it’s completely decorated. It’s a simple thing to reposition spiders as you’re cutting the Halloween cake without deflating an eager little cake decorator’s creativity.
Serve and enjoy.
We made this cake as part of a kitchen lab learning activity. Kids will love learning while making and decorating a spooky spider Halloween cake and you will, too.
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Author; katie frances