Chocolate and strawberry Halloween cake
3 hours
Preparation time
1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time
12 serves


Chocolate cake

260 g unsalted butter, softened
450 g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Pinch of salt flakes
5 eggs, room temperature
250 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
45 g Dutch processed cocoa powder
120 ml full cream milk

White chocolate buttercream

305 g fresh cream 35% fat
410 g good quality white chocolate
460 g caster sugar
8 egg whites, room temperature
Pinch of cream of tartar
Pinch of salt flakes
305 g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled 2 cm cubes
Orange food colour gel
Red food colour gel

Strawberry compote

600 g strawberries, cubed
200 g caster sugar
12 g pectin
30 ml lemon juice

Strawberry soak

600 g strawberries, diced
140 g caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla bean paste

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Chocolate cake

  1. Preheat the oven on Fan Plus at 160°C.
  2. Grease and line 2 cake tins, 18 cm in diameter.
  3. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as required.
  4. In a separate bowl, break up the eggs, then gradually add them to the butter mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
  6. Fold the sieved ingredients through, alternating with the milk.
  7. Divide the mixture evenly between the 2 prepared cake tins.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven on shelf level 2 for 55-60 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Once cool, trim the tops off each cake then cut in half.

White chocolate buttercream

  1. Preheat the oven on Fan Plus at 180°C.
  2. Place the cream in a small saucepan over high heat, induction setting 9, and bring to the boil.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate and whisk until the chocolate has completely melted and combined. Allow the ganache to cool at room temperature.
  4. Spread the sugar over a baking tray. Turn the oven off and place the sugar into the oven. Close the oven door and allow the sugar to heat for 10 minutes.
  5. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites, cream of tartar, salt and hot sugar until the meringue reaches medium peaks.
  6. Add the butter, a piece at a time, followed by the white chocolate ganache.
  7. Remove approximately 200 g of the buttercream. Colour this buttercream with the orange and red colour gel to achieve a bright orange colour. Set aside until required.


Hints and tips

  • After adding the butter and ganache, the buttercream may appear to separate. Continue mixing until it comes together.

Strawberry compote

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar and pectin to avoid lumps.
  2. In a medium saucepan, place the strawberries and sugar-pectin mixture. Cook over medium heat, induction setting 6, until the compote thickens and the strawberries just begin to break down, approximately 6 minutes.
  3. Add the lemon juice and mix to combine.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

Strawberry soak

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan.
  2. Place on low heat, induction setting 4, and cook for 12 minutes, gently stirring, to form a syrup.
  3. Set aside and strain to remove the strawberries prior to use.


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