Ghostly Halloween cake recipe

Halloween ghost cake

I love making something a bit special for Halloween, and this year we decided on one of our favourites – a chocolate courgette cake with a ghostly twist!

Ghostly halloween cake
Chocolate courgette cake with a ghoulish Halloween twist.
For the cake
  1. 120g softened butter
  2. 125ml sunflower oil
  3. 100g caster sugar
  4. 200g soft brown sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 130ml milk
  7. 350g plain flour
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  10. 450g courgettes, peeled and finely grated
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the ghosts
  1. 150g caster sugar
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 300ml apple juice
  4. 300ml water
  5. 2 Conference pears, peeled
For the decoration
  1. Matchmakers
  2. Cake decorations (balls or other small shapes)
  3. Chocolate Halloween treats
For the cake
  1. Put the butter, sunflower oil and both sugars in a bowl and beat together. Gradually add the eggs and the milk.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients and fold into the mixture. Stir in the courgettes and vanilla extract.
  3. Spoon mixture into a cake tin (lined with baking paper).
  4. Place in a preheated oven at 190 degrees/gas mark 5 and bake for 35-45 minutes.
For the ghosts
  1. Put the lemon juice, sugar, apple juice and water into a saucepan, and heat for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Immerse the pears and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender.
  3. Remove ane leave to cool until needed.
To decorate
  1. Gently push cake decorating balls or shapes into the pears to create ghostly faces. The colour may run if the pears are still damp, but don't worry - this adds to the effect!
  2. Place the pears onto the top of the cooled cake, and surround with Halloween chocolates or sweets.
  3. Finally, break up some matchmakers, and stick them into the cake to create a 'fence' effect.
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I love this Halloween cake – not only is it delicious and great fun to make with the kids – but you are getting a good hit of vegetables into them too! Will you be making any special Halloween treats this year?

Halloween ghost cake recipe

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  1. October 29, 2015 / 2:11 am

    Wow as I read the recipe and looked at the pictures my mouth was watering. The cake looks spooky but absolutely delicious.

  2. November 2, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing! Courgettes? I must try this. I hope you had a great Halloween. Kaz x
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