Oven Temperature: 200ºC/400ºF/Gas 6
Cooking Time: 25 mins + decorating time
Quantity: Makes 1 large cake!
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200g (8 oz) self raising flour
150g (6 oz) caster sugar
25g (1 oz) cocoa
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1tsp natural vanilla essence
1/4 tsp (a few drops!) white wine vinegar
100ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
225ml (9 fl oz) water
150g (6 oz) vegan cream cheese
75g (3 oz) vegan margarine
110g (4 oz) vegan chocolate
750g (1 lb 10 oz) icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence - optional
Vegan Chocolate Buttons from Montezumas (Or you can make the icing into spikes)
Raisins or coffee beans for eyes
Jelly sweet or glace cherry for nose
Green Icing for grass decorations or green cake board (optional)
1) Put self-raising flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa in a bowl and mix well.
2) Pour over vegetable oil, vanilla essence and vinegar, and then the water.
3) Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or electric whisk and pour into two round sandwich tins. Cook for about 25 minutes at 200ºC/400ºF until cooked.
1) Break the chocolate into pieces, and melt it in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
2) Blend the cream cheese and margarine in a bowl until smooth, then stir in the melted chocolate.
3) Sieve the icing sugar and beat it into the cream cheese and margarine a little at a time. Add vanilla if you're using it.
1) Sandwich the cakes together using a little icing. Cut two pieces from each side of the cake (they should be quarter of the diameter of the cake). Trim two small triangles off the front to form the snout (reserve these for baby hedgehog(s)).
2) Attach the sides to the top of the cake with more icing to form a hedgehog shape.
3) Cover the whole cake in icing.
4) Add nose and eyes.
5) Wipe the Montezuma's giant dark chocolate buttons (with thumb or kitchen roll) to make them shiny. Snap them in half, and stick the broken sides into the icing to form the spines.
6) If you want, use the off cuts of cake to make 1 or 2 baby hedgehogs. You could use green icing to make 'grass' swirls round the edge of the plate, or use a green plate or board.
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