Blackboard tombstone cake

Blackboard tombstone cake

Chalkboard cakes are a big trend right now, and the black icing and decorations scream Halloween.

By , 21 September 2015
Blackboard tombstone cake
  • Ready in: 180 mins
  • Serves: 26
  • Price: 80p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 173g serving contains
  • Fat 34.6
    49%
  • Sat Fat 19
    95%
  • Sugar 70.9
    79%
  • Salt 0.69
    12%
  • Cals 690
    35%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1670kJ/399kcal.
Ingredients
  • 215g butter, softened
  • 215g Flora spread
  • 565g caster sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 eggs
  • 500g plain flour
  • 140g cocoa
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 120ml milk
  • 150g plain chocolate, melted
  • 500ml double cream
  • 500g plain chocolate
  • 4 x 250g packs Bake & Create Ready to Roll Icing in Black
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • 250g pack Chosen by you Great to Bake White Icing
  • Green food colouring
  • Black food colouring
  • 20 Chosen by you Mini Mallows
Method
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease 20cm and 15cm square cake tins. Line with baking paper.

  • Put the butter, Flora, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until pale and fluffy.

  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder over the egg mixture. Add the milk and 150g melted chocolate. Fold together until smooth.

  • Transfer to the tins. Bake the big cake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, and the small cake for 1 hour, or when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover the cakes with foil halfway through baking.

  • When completely cool, trim the top so it's flat.

  • For the ganache, pour the cream into a pan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat immediately. Break the 500g chocolate into pieces and add to the pan. Leave for 5 minutes and stir. Chill for 20 minutes or until thick enough to spread.

  • Slice the cakes in two and sandwich with ganache. Put the large one on a plate and spread more ganache over the top and sides.

  • Knead the black icing, and roll out thinly on a surface dusted with icing sugar. Lay on the large cake and smooth down the sides. Trim around the base. Place the small cake on top and spread the top and sides with ganache. Re-roll the black icing and cover the small cake. Trim the base.

  • Colour white icing grey and shape tombstones. For grass, colour icing green and push through a sieve. Make bones and hands with white icing. Add to the cake.

  • To write on the cake, put the mallows in a glass bowl with 1 tsp water. Microwave at 800W for 45 seconds until melted. Stir, then paint on with a clean brush.