The first time I was ever in the US, I went to a Halloween party. I was totally unprepared for just how serious a dress up party at Halloween is there. My friend and I made a half hearted effort to find a couple of witches hats and trotted off to a party that blew our socks off. The food and the decorations were magical and we felt like complete party poopers. To our surprise Halloween costumes aren’t always all about ghouls and monsters, they are also about just insanely good and quite often elaborate and expensive dress ups. If you don’t believe that just Google image Halloween costumes and you will see what I mean.
Hate it or love it Halloween is here to stay.
Some people hate the idea of another commercial occasion but I just see it as a bit of fun. It’s a way for kids to be use their imagination, play dress ups and have some well earned free time, even if that means a bit of a sugar hit. Kids don’t get much of a chance to be kids any more, life’s a rush for us all.
I love the excuse for a party and I never overlook an occasion to make a cake. It’s a rare occasion that I get to make a cake in my favourite shade of black. Funny enough I had this icing left over from a special cake project at the beginning of the week. I can’t wait to tell you about soon, it was a cake project unrelated to Halloween but it required black cake-age too.
The cake is a very easy stir together chocolate fudge cake and it has chocolate buttercream. The sweets are available at Spotlight for the black balls and the skulls from Big W, but you could substitute any kind of spooky sweets or even Halloween orange cream Oreos would look great. Black icing is available from places like here in Sydney. Look for the nearest decorating shop in your area for ingredients.
- 300 gm plain flour or cake, 2 cups
- 500 gm caster sugar 2 1/2 cups
- 70 gm cocoa powder dutch 3/4 cup
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 250 ml vegetable oil 1 cup
- 500 ml buttermilk 2 cups
- 5 ml lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
- 40 ml water 2 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 500 gm butter unsalted softened
- 25 gm cocoa powder 1/4 cup
- 360 gm pure icing sugar 2 heapedsifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 200 gm dark chocolate melted
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 700 gm black icing
- 50 gm icing sugar for rolling
- 1/2 egg white
- 1/2 cup icing sugar extra, this is to mix with eggwhite to make glue
- 1/2 teaspoon black food colouring
- 1 packet Lollies for decorating