Chocolate Spider Cakes
By Annabel Karmel
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A cross between a brownie, a muffin, and a cupcake, these yummy chocolate confections are unlikely to stick around for long!
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into cubes and softened
- 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of soft light brown sugar, packed
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 cup and 2 tablespoons self-rising flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- Licorice laces
- 16 Mallowmars
- Licorice Allsorts
- Mini candy coated chocolates (mini M&M’s)
- 1 tube writing icing
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin pans with 16 paper liners.
- Put the chocolate, butter, and sugar in a heatproof bowl and melt, stirring frequently. You can melt the chocolate in the microwave (about 3 minutes, stirring after each minute) or over a pan of warm water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Leave to cool slightly.
- Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Stir this into the cooled chocolate. Put the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a strainer or sifter, and sift over the chocolate mixture, then fold in, along with the milk chocolate (if using). Spoon into the paper liners, filling to around 2/3 full (an ice-cream scoop is good for this).
- Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the muffins rise and are firm to the touch. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Now for the decoration. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Using a palette knife or flexible spatula, cover each cake with some of the melted chocolate. Arrange eight licorice strips for the spider’s legs and stick a Mallowmar in the center of each. Finish with Licorice Allsorts and chocolate candy eyes. You can use a blob of writing icing to stick the candy on the Licorice Allsort.
Baking Time: 18 to 20 minutes
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This content originally appeared in the Complete Party Planner: Over 120 Delicious Recipes and Party Ideas for Every Occasion by Annabel Karmel (Atria Books, 2006) and the Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook (Dennis Publishing, Winter & Christmas 2008 edition).
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