A fun apple and toffee Halloween cake. Don't let the long ingredient list scare you — it's really just a one-layer cake with diced apple and toffee bits, an icing and an easy decoration. Without the decoration, it's still a great cake.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups diced peeled Ontario apples (2 small)
1/2 cup toffee bits
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp milk
1-1/2 cups sifted icing sugar
Spider Web Icing
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
1 to 2 tsp milk
Black gumdrop and thin black licorice laces
Step 1: Line the bottom of 9" springform pan with parchment paper; grease side of pan. Set aside.
Step 2: In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add juice, butter, eggs and vanilla; beat with electric hand-mixer on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds until smooth (batter will be thick). Fold in apples and toffee bits; scrape into prepared pan.
Step 3: Bake in 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean and top is golden. Let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Release pan side and let cool completely on wire rack.
Step 1: In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar; increase heat and cook until bubbly.
Step 2: Remove from heat. Add milk; beat until smooth. Gradually add icing sugar, whisking until spreading consistency. Immediately spread over cake top and side, working quickly to create smooth surface.
Spider Web Icing
Step 1: Stir icing sugar with just enough milk to make piping consistency. Spoon into piping bag or small resealable plastic bag and cut 1 corner off bag to make hole. Pipe 4 or 5 concentric circles on top of cake. Immediately draw 8 lines with knife from centre of cake to edge at regular intervals to create spider web. Place black gumdrop on cake top. Arrange 8 licorice laces as spider legs radiating from body. If not serving immediately, cover and keep at room temperature.