Bloody Halloween Cake

Total Time: 3 Hours
Servings: 12

Try this ‘bloody’ version of a classic favourite for a spooky Halloween dessert or treat.

All You Need Is ...

  • Small check mark in a circle icon 90ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 box Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 180ml water
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 3 medium free range eggs
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 1/2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Icing
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 300g strawberry jam
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 200g strawberries, hulled and puréed
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 100g caster sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 teaspoons red food colouring gel

Betty's Easy Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease and line 2 x 18cm round cake tins.
  2. Make up the cake mix as directed on the box using the oil, water and eggs. Divide the mixture equally between the 2 cake tins and level the tops. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a round bladed knife inserted fully into the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Cool a little before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the baking paper. Halve each cake horizontally to create 4 cake layers of even thickness.
  3. Sandwich the cake layers together using around a third of the icing and all of the strawberry jam. Spread some of the remaining icing in a thin layer over the top and down the side of the cake to give a thin crumb coating. Chill the cake for 20 minutes.
  4. Spread the rest of the icing in a thicker layer over the top and sides of the chilled cake. Chill for a further 20 minutes.
  5. To make the glaze place the strawberry purée, sugar, lemon juice and colouring in a medium saucepan over a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat up to medium and bring to a simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes until thickened, stirring frequently to prevent catching. Remove from the heat and pour into a heatproof jug or bowl. You should have about 150g strawberry glaze. Leave to cool for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quite thick and jammy in consistency.
  6. Use a spoon to drizzle some of the glaze down the sides of the cake to create the dripping blood effect. Spoon the rest of the glaze on the top of the cake and spread gently with the back of the spoon or a palette knife to cover completely. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Betty's Tips

  • You could use raspberries or blackberries, instead of the strawberries, for a different flavour and look.
  • Give the sponge a citrus hint by adding the zest of 1 orange to the cake mix. The flavour will work really well with the strawberry.