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Monday 24 October 2016

Bloodied Bones Halloween Cake

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Halloween is a week away, but many people are celebrating it early this year and having a Halloween half term week, with end of term Halloween themed school discos and parties galore. Kids love dressing up and what better excuse do you need to join them. I usually don my black cape and witches hat or mask to surprise the trick or treaters when they call, and decorating the doorway gets us into the spirit (excuse the pun) of things.

I've already shared some ideas for simple Halloween party treats , but with some additional effort this Bloodied Bones Cake can form an eye catching centrepiece for your party. Full of blood clots and puss, it really is mouthwatering!

Bloodied Bones Halloween Cake

If you don't want to bake your own cake, you could buy a plain chocolate or vanilla cake and decorate it yourself. I made my own, using my go-to chocolate cake recipe, and for the meringues I used powdered egg white, which is very handy to have in the cupboard for the times that you feel the urge to make meringues, but don't want to use all of the eggs.

Dr Oetker Free Range Egg white powder can be found in the baking aisle of most supermarkets, including my local Tesco which has a very good range of baking ingredients. (You can also find a chocolate cake mix for just 99p in the same aisle).

Tesco baking aisle

Bloodied Bones Halloween Cake

175g Stork for baking
175g Soft Dark brown sugar
150g Self Raising Flour
25g Cocoa Powder
1 tbsp Baking Powder
3 Eggs
100ml Greek Yoghurt

frosting & filling
300g Full Fat Cream Cheese
300g White Chocolate Spread
250g frozen cherries, thawed & lightly crushed
  • Beat the Stork & sugar together in a bowl
  • Sift the flour, cocoa & baking powder together
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl along with the eggs & yogurt
  • Beat well until combined
  • Divide mixture between 2 x 8" round pans that have been greased & lined with baking parchment
  • Bake in a 180 C oven for approx 25 minutes, until the tops are springy
  • Leave to cool slightly before removing from the tins & allowing to cool fully on a wire rack
  • Beat the cream cheese & white chocolate spread together 
  • Sandwich the 2 cakes together with some of the icing and a few cherries, and use the rest to cover completely
meringue bones
1 packet of Dr Oetker egg white (4 sachets)
225g caster sugar
1tsp white wine vinegar
1tsp cornflour
  • make the egg white up according to the directions on the pack
  • whisk to soft peaks with an electric whisk or stand mixer
  • gradually add the sugar whilst whisking, until it has all been added
  • keep whisking on a high speed until it forms stiff peaks, and then whisk in the vinegar and cornflour
  • spoon the meringue into an icing bag fitted with a small round nozzle
  • pipe your bones onto baking sheets lined with baking paper
  • preheat the oven to 150C and turn down to 100C once you place the baking trays in
  • bake for approx 1 hour and then turn the oven off, leaving the door ajar, until the meringues are completely cool
  • take care when removing from the baking sheets as they can be quite fragile
  • just before serving, decorate the cake with your bones and drizzle some cherry 'blood and clots' over the top
  • serve extra bones with bowls of puss (cream cheese & white chocolate spread) & blood (blended cherries) to dip into

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additional Halloween items :
Light up Pumpkin : Waitrose
Eyeballs, rats, fingernails & bats : Tesco

Have you found any really cool items for Halloween, or made any grizzly looking food?

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