Black Widow Cake

Servings: 8

Nutritional Information:

Per 90 g serving

Energy 1537.6kJ Energy 368.9kcal Fat 22.5g of which saturates 1.8g Carbohydrate 40.0g of which sugars 16.3g Fibre 2.9g Protein 3.7g Salt 0.15g


For the Cake:

For the Icing:

60g (1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp (optional)
1 tbsp

To Decorate:

Black icing pen



Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas Mark 4, 350°F). Chop the liquorice into small pieces and put in a small pan with 175ml water. Boil for about 5 minutes until the liquorice is starting to go soft and mushy. Remove from the heat and pour in the vegetable oil, stirring well.


Put the remaining cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir in the liquorice mixture.


Put in a small (18cm) lined cake tin and bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the middle of the cake clean.


Leave in the cake tin to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Mix together the icing sugar, food colouring (if using) and water, then spread over the cooled cake with a palette knife gently and evenly. Using the black icing pen, draw a spiders web pattern on top of the icing, then make a spider out of a piece of liquorice.


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