Spiderweb Brownie Cake

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Wherever you are, I hope you are able to enjoy the day.  This weekend has been big for parties galore-for both grown-ups and children alike.  I’ve definitely done my fair share of celebrating this year already.  But now I’m looking forward to spending the afternoon today with my nephews, Elliott and Oliver, aka Woody and Buzz Lightyear.  What are YOU dressing up as this year?

This Spiderweb Brownie Cake came at the perfect time.  I had originally planned to make some red velvet bleeding heart cupcakes for one of the parties, but my call schedule at work last week was incredibly hectic.  I wasn’t able to devote as much time to it (who does, really?) as I wanted to, so I scratched the whole idea all together…and then I saw this.  Simple, but still festive.  Not too much preparation needed.  Not too much creativity, endless frosting colors, or crazy ingredients.  In fact, I had all that I needed.  I wanted it to look festive….but I really wanted it to taste even better.  In fact, if you want….you still have time to make this today in time for your Trick or Treaters!

So, from me to you….Happy Halloween!

Spiderweb Brownie Cake


For the Brownie:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 and  1/4 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 and 1/4 cups Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 cups chocolate chips

For the cream cheese “web”:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour

1 large egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional)

1. For the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan, or 9″ springform pan. (You can also use 2 8-inch cake pans.)
2. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine.3. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just until it’s hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny looking as you stir it.
4. While the sugar heats a second time, crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla till smooth.
5. Add the hot butter/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.
6. Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.
7. Spoon the batter into pan.

8. For the spiderweb: Combine the cream cheese, sugar and flour in a small bowl, and mix until smooth.9. Add the egg yolk and almond flavoring (if using), mixing until smooth once again.

10. Transfer the mixture to a disposable pastry bag fitted with a standard piping tip (I used Wilton #1).

11.Place a small pool of the mixture in the center of the brownie batter. Draw circles around this pool, about 1 inch apart, moving out from the center each time.

12. Once the circles are drawn, take a table knife, wet the tip, and draw it back and forth through the circle.

13. Use the remaining filling to trace the path where the knife travelled, to create the spokes of the web.
14. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes, until the brownies just barely pull away from the edge of the pan. The center will rise while baking, but will sink back level once the brownies are cool. Remove them from the oven and cool before cutting.Decorate with fake plastic spiders from the Halloween store (since you don’t have time to make cute ones by hand…….) and pretend it’s scary!  🙂

Source:  King Arthur Flour Company.

October 31, 2010 - 7:43 am

KeepItSweet - such a fun halloween dessert, and i can totally relate to picking the less time consuming option! sometimes you are just too busy to do everything!!

October 31, 2010 - 10:32 am

buttersweetmelody - it looks incredible! For some reason I think I would manage so screw up the design…Im not very good at that. Thanks fo the recipe!



October 31, 2010 - 10:57 am

Susi - This looks like a wonderful and tasty Halloween dessert! I love brownies with cheesecake and this is such a clever idea!

October 31, 2010 - 11:53 am

Patty - Happy Halloween! What a fun cake! Sounds delicious too. 🙂

Crispin and I dressed up as the iPhone app we just designed called iBooser. It was an interactive costume and when people tapped on us they received a confidence boosting compliment. Went over very well at fiesta last night!

The next 2 days here in Mexico are All Soul’s Day and Day of The Dead – and today we’re baking and decorating some cute skull cookies. 🙂

October 31, 2010 - 2:25 pm

RavieNomNoms - So cute! Looks awesome!

October 31, 2010 - 2:50 pm

Yesim - woow.. it really looks awesome..

October 31, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Pattie@IOlla-Podrida - BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the tutorial.

October 31, 2010 - 10:28 pm

Kruzon - Beautiful presentationand and a brownie cake to boot.

November 1, 2010 - 11:28 am

briarrose - Wonderful job. Love the cream cheese web.

November 2, 2010 - 1:04 am

Konstant Kraver - That is super cool! Thanks for the great post:)

November 2, 2010 - 7:31 am

Peggy - Our weekend was just as hectic! It’s past Halloween but I’m still thinking about making this cake the next chance I get!

November 2, 2010 - 8:09 am

Annie - I’ve never thought of making brownies in a cake form like that. How creative and easy!

November 2, 2010 - 8:57 am

Kori - Wow, this is beautiful and so fun and festive! I’ll have to bookmark it for next Halloween. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the top 9!!!

November 10, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Nik - Looks really delicious, beautiful and yummy

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Tara Noland - This would be great for Halloween!! My favourite time of year!!

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