Foodie Friday: Chocolate & Orange Spider Web Cake

Spider_cake(Serves 10)

Ingredients:
125g baking spread, softened, plus extra for greasing
125g white caster sugar
2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
2 large eggs
125g self-raising flour, sifted
2 tbsp cocoa powder

To decorate:
250g icing sugar
A few drops orange extract
A few drops red and yellow food colouring
Colour writing icing
Milk chocolate buttons

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, fan 160C, gas 4. Grease and line an 18cm round sandwich tin with baking parchment so that it comes 2cm above the top of the tin.
2. Put the baking spread, sugar and milk in a large bowl. Cream together using a hand-held electric whisk until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
3. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Let cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the icing sugar with 2 tbsp water and the orange extract until you have a smooth, fairly thick icing. Stir in the red and yellow food colouring to create orange.
5. Spoon the icing onto the cake, spreading to the edges and letting it drip down the sides. Draw circles with the black icing, then drag a skewer from the centre to create a web effect. When the icing is set, decorate with a spider made from chocolate buttons and writing icing.

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