Monday, 23 October 2017

Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake

Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake

I cracked out my Redmond RMC-M4502E Multicooker again at the weekend. This is the one-stop cooking pot which does all manner of things in the kitchen such as baking, cooking, frying, sterilising, warming, proving dough, making soup, making cheese, you name it, it does it.

This time I decided to make a cake for Halloween. It’s a basic sponge recipe, flavoured with coffee and orange. A strange combination I know, but it really works well, And with some additions of food colouring made for a perfect spooky looking treat.

I made the sponge batter, then divided this into 2. One half of the batter I added coffee to, with a bit of coffee extract and in the other half, some orange flavouring along with a large dollop of marmalade.

Now, this is when I added some colourings to the batter, but this is purely optional. The coffee batter will stay a pale brown, but I added black gel colouring. This didn’t go jet black, just a deep grey. I also added orange gel colouring to the orange flavoured batter. Add as much or as little as you are comfortable with.

In the bowl of the Multicooker, which I didn’t need to grease as the bowl is a super non-stick surface which items just glide out of, I added dollops of the batter in a random pattern and then with the end of a wooden spoon, I swirled the batters together to look sort of marbled.

Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake

I put the bowl into the Multicooker and set it to the bake function for one hour. I checked half way through to see how it was getting on it needed a bit longer. I clicked down the lid again and baked for the remaining 30 minutes.

Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake

The cake slid out onto the cooling rack after I had let it cool in the bowl for 5 minutes. I let it cool fully and I loved the swirled top of the cake. With the Multicooker, the top of the cake doesn’t brown too much, although it is cooked perfectly. This means the colours really stand out. In fact the grey batter got darker making it look even spookier.

Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake

When cut into, the colours of the sponge really stand out. Now, this may sound gross, but it looks almost like mouldy cheese, which could be a great idea for a Halloween buffet.

The cake itself is moist and the flavours really complement each other well. It doesn’t need any additional garnishing like cream or frosting, but I did sprinkle a touch of icing sugar over the top.

Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake

This would work well in the oven too, 180C for 25 minutes or so, but in the RMC-M4502E Multicooker it cooks perfectly on the worktop.

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Here’s how I made the cake:

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Coffee and Orange Halloween Cake
Sponge cake flavoured with Coffee and Orange
  • 225 grams granulated sugar
  • 225 grams softened butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225 grams self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 sachet strong instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 1 heaped dessertspoon marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • black and orange food colouring
Make the coffee with the boiling water and set aside to cool a little.In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add the eggs, one at a time and incorporate into the batter after each addition.Add the flour and baking powder, stir this into the batter fully.Divide the batter into two and in one half add the coffee, and coffee extract, stirring this through. Add the black food colouring if using.Dollop large dessertspoonful’s of the mix randomly into the non-stick bowl of the multicooker and with the end of a wooden spoon, swirl these about.Set the multicooker to bake for one hour. Check half way through to make sure things are going okay inside and let cook for the remaining time.Let cool in the bowl for 5 minutes, removed from the multicooker and then transfer to cooling rack to cool fully.Sprinkle some icing sugar over the top if desired.Perfect with a spooky beverage!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 servings

Disclosure Statement: I received the multicooker free to review. I have been paid to develop this recipe using the multicooker. 


  1. It sounds like a perfect cake for Halloween! You can get away with flavours that people may think are unusual at this time of year and it looks to have a great texture too. The Multicooker sounds so useful as well!

    1. Thanks Corina, the multicooker is a very useful gadget!

  2. Happy Halloween- love a good themed bake!

  3. The cake looks spookily wonderful - the colours are still so vibrant form the machine. I'm intrigued you can also make cheese in it! Lovely...


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