Are you ready for trick or treat???
Here is the cake me and my sous-chef Angelica delivered for the Halloween Party at the preschool.
The Creepy Crawly Double Chocolate Cake is simple and delicious, only the finest quality of cocoa and dark chocolate, fresh ingredients, candy corn and sour gummy worm.
Photo by Maurizio Otto de Togni
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup water
3 oz dark chocolate 70%
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups organic granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
For the frosting
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, double sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk
food coloring for the orange color ( mix yellow and red drops)
For the decorations
sour gummy worms
Grease the bottom and sides of two 9 inch round cake pan with baking spray. Set aside.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
In a small bowl stir together cocoa powder and water until it turns into a paste, set aside.
In a small microwave-safe bowl , cut the dark chocolate into pieces and melt (in 30 seconds increments) until smooth. Let cool.
In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
With a hand or stand mixer beat at medium speed the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs (one at the time). Add the cocoa paste and then the melted chocolate, mix thoroughly.
Reduce the speed at low, add half the sifted flour , then half of the milk. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
Divide the cake batter between the two pans, using a spatula to spread the batter well.
Bake for around 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes into their pans, then move on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Prepare the vanilla frosting, beating together softened butter and sifted confectioners’ sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla extract and the milk. Pour some drops of yellow and red food color to obtain your favorite range of orange.
Frost one of the two cakes just on top. Crumble the other cakes with your hand and place the preferred amour of crumbled cake over the frosting to obtain the dirt -like effect. Place some sour worms on the “dirt”. Finish the cake putting corn candies all around the cake.