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It’s Spooky Season – Baking edition

It’s Spooky Season – Baking edition

It’s spooky season!!

It’s that time of year again, people! Love it or hate it, Halloween is full of sweet treats and pumpkin-spiced everything!! As I’m a bakery student at University College Birmingham, it’d be a crime if I didn’t upload a Halloween baking blog, wouldn’t it?

Today, I am sharing the most amazing chocolate traybake recipe I have found, with a sweet spooky treat! I found this recipe from BBC Good Food and have just slightly altered it.


For the sponge:

  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp boiling water
  • 100g baking butter
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the topping and decoration:

  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 100g white chocolate
  • 1 pack of Oreos
  • Edible googly eyes


  1. Combine the cocoa powder and the boiling water until smooth. Add in the butter and remove all lumps.
  2. Add the remaining cake ingredients and beat until all combined.
  3. Spread evenly into your traybake tin and bake for around 30 minutes or until a seeker comes out clean and dry.
  4. While the cake is baking, prepare the topping and decoration, melt your white and milk chocolate in separate bowls.
  5. Take your Oreo biscuits – the amount depends on how much you like Oreos! Using the white chocolate, attach the edible googly eyes to the Oreo. 
  6. Once the cake has cooled, spread 2/3 of the milk chocolate over the top and allow to set, before flicking over the white chocolate to represent spooky spiderwebs. 
  7. While the white chocolate is still fluid, stick the Oreos on top in a scattered pattern.
  8. The rest of the milk chocolate should be slightly thicker by now as it is starting to set. Using a piping bag, pipe some legs around the Oreos to resemble spider legs.
  9. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe, I promise it’s amazing!!

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See you soon,

Amelia 🙂

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