Chocolate Spider Web Cake

Chocolate buttermilk cake layers are frosted with chocolate buttercream and a contrasting white spider web design.

Chocolate Spider Web Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY®’S Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY®’S Cocoa Powder
  • 6 tablespoons cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY®’S Premier White Chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2 Combine dry ingredients in large bowl; add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low speed of mixer 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3 Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting. Immediately pipe or drizzle Spider Web in 4 or 5 circles on top of cake. Using a knife or wooden pick, Immediately draw 8 to 10 lines from center to edges of cake at regular intervals to form web. Garnish with a “spider”, using a caramel, licorice and other candies. 12 servings.

4 One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting: Beat butter. Add confectioners’ sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups frosting.

5 Spider Web: Place 1/2 cup Hershey’s Premier White Chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small heavy seal-top plastic bag. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 45 Seconds. Squeeze gently. If necessary, microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds; squeeze until chips are melted. Make small diagonal cut in one bottom corner of bag; squeeze mixture onto cake as directed.

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