Today is Halloween, so there must be Halloween everything. Halloween costumes, candy, parties and everything else. So here’s my contribution: the scary looking cake. There is nothing scary about making it though. I rarely like to slave over a cake for many hours. Cake for me is something I can make quickly while talking on the phone to a friend or waiting for potatoes to cook. Plus baking time, obviously. But that’s no work, just set the timer and you’re free to go.
This is one of those cakes which shamelessly grow almost out of their form and then crack in the middle. Yum!
So here it goes, you will need the following:
2 1/2 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of rapeseed oil
1/4 cup of applesauce (you can use oil here if you have no applesauce)
1 cup milk
4 dried figs, chopped
3 Tbsp raisins
3 Tbsp dried cranberry
also: a couple of teaspoons of jam for decoration
Preheat your oven to 200C/395F.
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and once the baking powder and salt are well distributed in the flour, start adding wet ingredients.
This recipe calls for oil and applesauce, which is one of my ways of making it lower in fat but if you don’t have applesauce it’s perfectly ok to just use oil instead.
Once all of the wet ingredients are added and the mixture is blended (just use a spatula, no need for a kitchen robot) add the dried fruit.
Line a loaf tray with baking paper and pour the mixture in. At the end spoon a little jam on top for decoration and the ‘scary’ look. I used blueberry jam but I imagine a red jam would be even better.
Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Check with a skewer.
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