Spiderweb Brownie Cake

Spiderweb Brownie Cake

It’s officially that time of the year!!! So get your party costume ready and stash plenty of candies and chocolates by the door as Halloween is nearly here.

Halloween – a celebration so much awaited by the kids (and grown-ups as well :D) from all around the world as it means dressing up in fancy costume, going trick or treating for tones of candies and other sweet treats, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, playing pranks and telling scary stories.

Halloween is a contraction from All Hallows’ Evening, a celebration introduced by early Christian church from the old Celtic harvest festivals. These days, it is a feast dedicated to remembering of the dead, be it close ones, saints or martyrs.

The first recipe we dedicate to this Halloween is our Spiderweb Brownie Cake.

Spiderweb Brownie Cake

Ingredients for the Brownie Cake:

  • 250 ml whole milk
  • 250 g all purpose flour, shifted
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 50 g good quality cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 3 eggs

Ingredients for the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 250 ml cream (38% fat)
  • 150 g dark chocolate

Ingredients for the White Chocolate Ganache:

  • 80 ml cream (38% fat)
  • 50 g  white chocolate

How to make Spiderweb Brownie Cake:

  •  Preheat oven to 150 ℃. Meanwhile, grease and line with parchment paper a 20 cm diameter springform. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and mix well until they are well combined.
  • In a different bowl, mix vanilla extract, melted butter (not hot) and milk. While using a hand mixer, on low speed, add one egg at a time, mixing until incorporated.
  • Gradually, add all the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until no flour pockets remain. Do not over mix.
  • Finally, spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake it for ca. 50-60 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • When ready, remove from oven and allow to cool down completely before glazing it.
Spiderweb Brownie Cake

How to make Chocolate Ganache:

  • To make the chocolate ganache,  place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Add the cream into a saucepan and just bring it to a boil, then pour  it over the chocolate and stir until smooth.
  • Allow the ganache to cool down slightly before pouring over a cake. Start at the centre of the cake and work outward. Let it harden until you pour the remaining ganache.

How to make White Chocolate Ganache:

  • To make the white chocolate ganache, pour hot cream over the white chocolate in a bowl and stir until melted. Put ganache into a piping bag with a small round tip (or a ziplock bag with a corner cut off) and starting from the centre of the cake, pipe a spiral from the middle of the cake out to the outside edge.
  • Using a toothpick, draw the lines: from the centre of the cake start and pull outward to the edge at regular intervals, to create a web pattern. You can find many good youtube tutorials for this part. 
  • Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!
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