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Chocolate & Peanut Spider Sponges

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Make these spooky chocolate and peanut spider sponges for a fun treat this Halloween. Fluffy chocolate sponge laced with crunchy peanut butter and topped with a chocolate, peanut treat and crunchy pretzel legs. Great for a kids party!

From Le Creuset

Ingredients

  • 120g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 120g golden caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk

for the spiders

  • 300g chocolate spread
  • 5 Reese’s cups
  • 10 edible eyes
  • 20 pretzels

Method

  • In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
  • When the butter and sugar mixture is light and fluffy, crack in one of the eggs and add a tablespoon of the flour mixture. Whisk until the egg is well incorporated. Repeat again with the second egg.
  • Once both eggs are added, pour in the remaining flour along with the peanut butter and milk. Whisk until a smooth, thick batter forms.
  • Take 5 petite casseroles and grease with a little butter. Divide the cake batter between the casseroles, place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool.
  • To decorate, divide the chocolate spread between the cakes and smooth over the top of each using a palette knife. Stick one Reese’s cup in the middle of each iced cake and stick on two edible eyes using a little chocolate spread.
  • Using pieces of pretzel, add 8 legs (4 either side) to the spider body and serve.

cook's notes

  • The sponges will release effortlessly from the petite casseroles; if you are making a larger batch of spider sponges but don’t have the number of petite casseroles, simply bake, turn out when cool to touch, wash and re-grease the petite casseroles. You can then bake the remaining batter.
  • Ensure you use plain or salted pretzels for these sweet treats.

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