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Spider Web Cake
Scare up some fun at your Halloween party with a Chocolate Spider Web Cake, a moist cake whose flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder. It can make a decorative centerpiece as well as an appropriate dessert for this night of fright.
After you spread the chocolate frosting onto the cake, use melted white chocolate chips to create a web. Microwave the chips and shortening in a small, heavy seal-top plastic bag.
Make a small diagonal cut in a bottom corner of the bag.
Starting at the outside rim,
squeeze thin lines of white chocolate in a
circular motion across the
Garnish the cake with a "spider" - use a peppermint patty for the body, a round caramel for the head and black liquorice for the legs. Or, decorate with a store-bought plastic spider.
Chocolate Spider Web
Heat oven to 350 F. Thoroughly grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl; add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low speed of mixer 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting. Immediately pipe or drizzle Spider Web in 4 or 5 circles on top of cake. Using a knife or wooden pick, immediately draw 8 to 10 lines from center to edges of cake at regular intervals to form web. Garnish with a "spider" made from candies. Makes 12 servings.
Note: To sour milk,
use 4 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar plus milk to
equal 1 1/2 cups.
Beat butter; add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.
Spider Web: Place 1/2 cup white
chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening (do not use
butter, margarine, oil or spread) in small, heavy
seal-top plastic bag. Microwave at High 45