Halloween spice cake

  • Preparation Time12 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
Butter, to grease tin
210g plain flour, plus more for tin
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
200g granulated sugar
50g light brown soft sugar
160ml vegetable oil
85g unsweetened apple sauce
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
Icing sugar, for dusting
1) Place an oven rack in the centre of the oven. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4. Butter and flour a 23 by 13cm loaf tin. Set aside.

2) In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.

3) In a large bowl, beat the sugars, oil, apple sauce, eggs, and vanilla essence to blend. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just blended.

4) Pour the batter into the prepared tin and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 40-45 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

5) Cool the cake for 10 mins. Unmould the cake and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and cut into slices for serving.

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