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Avoid all the hullabaloo about supermarket caterpillar cakes and just make your own!
3 large eggs
125g of caster sugar
100g of plain flour
25g of cocoa powder
FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
100g of milk chocolate
100g of white chocolate
50g of butter
100ml of double cream
75g of unsalted butter
150g of icing sugar
2 tbsp of Cadbury Smooth Chocolate Spread
1 tbsp of milk
2 drops of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Lightly brush the base of a 33 centimetres x 23 centimetres tin with vegetable oil and line with baking paper.
Whisk the sugar and eggs in a large bowl with a whisk or an electric whisk for 7-10 minutes. Stop when the mixture is pale and thick enough for the mixture to leave a trail behind when the whisk is lifted out.
Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold in very carefully until fully mixed together.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and use a spatula to smooth it evenly into the corners. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes.
The cake should be golden brown, risen and just about firm to the touch.
Whilst the sponge is baking, make the buttercream by mixing the butter and sugar together using an electric whisk, then beat in the Cadbury chocolate spread and milk.
Lay a piece of greaseproof paper that is larger than the sponge on top. Dust the greaseproof paper with caster sugar and turn the cake out onto it.
Use a serrated knife to cut away strips 1/3 the way down. Then roll gently and allow to cool.
Once the cake is cool, unroll it and cover with the buttercream you prepared. Then slice the cake strips up to create feet. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
Final step, for the ganache: Add the cream and butter into a small saucepan and heat until steaming. Add the chopped chocolate slowly and stir in until the mixture is smooth. When the cake roll is set, transfer it onto a wire rack and pour the ganache over the top. Allow to set for 10 minutes, then cover with rainbow smarties. Make the caterpillar face by melting and piping white chocolate, using Smarties or M&Ms for the eyes and mouth.