This tower cake is perfect for Halloween! Feel free to make this with little ones; they'll have a great time adding the web design made out of the melted vegan marshmallows. Be careful though and wear gloves; the marshmallows are hot!
Spooky Spider Crackle Cake [Vegan]
For the Cake:
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 250g vegan dark chocolate (plus a little extra)
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 6 cups of puffed rice
For the Decoration:
- 3 cups white vegan marshmallows
- Toy spiders
- Firstly, you'll need three 4-inch cake tins. Lightly grease the tins with some vegetable oil. Roll out your baking paper and trace around your cake tins three times.
- Cut out squares and place on the bottom of your tins. Cut out 4 other squares that are a little longer for each side of the cake tin and put them on the sides of your cake tin. They should overlap at the top.
- Melt your coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove and then stir in cocoa powder.
- Grab another small bowl, melt chocolate in short bursts in the microwave or on the stove using a double boiler method.
- In a large mixing bowl, pour in chocolate and oil and mix together. Add icing sugar and mix well.
- Add puffed rice and stir through until all rice bubbles are coated in chocolate.
- Fill each cake tin evenly with puffed rice and push down using the flat bottom of a glass. Try and make them as even as possible.
- Place in fridge for about 1 hour or until set.
- Remove from fridge and pull on the baking paper to release each cake from the tin.
- Using a serrated knife, gently level the top of any little bumps so it’s perfectly flat.
- Melt a small amount of chocolate and glue each layer together to create a tall tower and place on your cake board or stand.
- Put back in the fridge to set.
- Once set, remove from the fridge. In a small heatproof bowl, melt 1/2 cup marshmallow in 10-second intervals in the microwave, until it’s very melted and gooey.
- Let it set for about a minute.
- Make sure you are VERY careful as it’s going to be hot. Make sure you’re wearing food-safe rubber gloves and that you test the temperature of the marshmallow BEFORE you pick up a large amount of it. Press the marshmallow between your hands and then pull it apart to create web strings.
- Wrap these strings around your cake to create a spider web. You need to do this quickly before the marshmallow sets. Repeat the process until you have covered your cake in spider webs. It may take a little practice.
- Add your toy spiders and you’re finished!