Creepy crawly cake

creepy crawly cakeIf you're looking for inspiration for children's party food, these brilliantly inventive ideas from Good Housekeeping should help. 

  • Toadstool cake
  • Fairytale castle cake
  • (Cuts into 12 slices) 

    Preparation: 1½ hours
    Cooking time: 25–30 minutes,
    plus cooling and drying


    Make a 4 egg Victoria sponge

    Chocolate buttercream icing
    40g (1.5oz) unsalted butter, softened
    90g icing sugar (3oz), sieved
    1-2 drops of vanilla essence
    1 tbsp milk or water

    For the decoration
    225g (8oz) white sugar paste
    assorted food colourings, including brown and black
    red and black liquorice bootlaces and jelly creepy-crawly sweets, such as snakes and frogs
    a little glacé icing
    a chocolate matchstick (optional)

    For the icing
    450g (1lb) icing sugar, sifted
    225g (8oz) butter, softened
    a few drops of vanilla extract
    green food colouring

    Per slice
    534 cals; 26 fat (of which 17g saturates); 76g carbohydrate; 0.6g salt


    1. To make a trap door, use 125g (4oz) sugar paste. Knead in a few drops of brown food colouring and roll out to a thickness of 5mm (¼ inch), then use a small tumbler to cut out a circle. Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and leave in a cool place overnight to dry.
    2. Use the remaining white and brown icing to make a selection of spiders and beetles, colouring the icing accordingly. Use the liquorice to make spiders’ legs. Pipe eyes on the creatures with white glacé icing. Allow to dry overnight.
    3. The next day, preheat the oven to 190˚C (170˚C fan oven) mark 5. Grease two 20.5cm (8 inch) round sandwich tins and line with greaseproof paper, then grease the paper lightly. Make and bake the sponge mixture according to the instructions on page 28. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack, remove the lining paper and leave to cool completely.
    4. Sandwich the cold cakes together with chocolate buttercream. Cut out a hole 1cm (½ inch) deep and 6.5cm (2½ inches) wide in the centre of the cake. Discard (or eat) the trimmings.
    5. For the icing, beat the icing sugar into the butter with the vanilla. Beat in the food colouring. Put the cake on a board or plate and cover with the icing. Secure the trap door over the hole in the middle of the cake. Prop open with a cocktail stick painted with brown food colouring, or a chocolate matchstick. Arrange the creatures over the cake, with some creepy-crawlies crawling out of the trap door. Leave to dry.



    Recipes from Good Housekeeping: The Book of Cake Decorating, published by Collins & Brown.

Last updated: 17 days ago