Have I mentioned that spiders terrify me?
Have I mentioned the fear-rage I had for the months after that prank when I would unexpectedly find a fake spider in my sock drawer or behind my toothpaste?
They tried to reason with me, saying they were helping me get over my fear. While I know that was complete bullshit, I am now substantially less fearful of spiders (within certain size-constraints.)
So here is a cake that looks like a spider web.
This is a creamy pumpkin spiced cheesecake on top of a chewy brownie. This situation is just plain lovely.
You could also find some sort of gummy/chocolate spider at the store and strategically place it on the finished brownie-cake. I personally avoid fake spiders for obvious reasons, so I abstained.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
makes 1- 8" or 9" round pan
3/4 c butter, melted
1 c sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 c AP flour
1.2 c cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 oz (1 standard package) cream cheese, soft
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 c sugar
2 Tablespoons AP flour
2/3 c pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each ginger, cloves and nutmeg
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1. Make your brownie layer: sift together cocoa, flour, salt and cinnamon; mix together melted butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs; fold wet & dry ingredients together until just combined; reserve 1/4 c of brownie batter and spread the rest evenly into a lightly greased cake pan
2. Make your cheesecake layer: in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix cream cheese until smooth; add sugar and combine; add puree and spices and mix until evenly distributed; add egg and mix on low until just incorporated; spread cheesecake evenly over brownie batter in pan
3. Transfer reserved brownie batter to a piping bag (use small tip <size 12> or if using a disposable bag cut to create a small opening in the bag); pipe batter onto the surface of the cheesecake layer in concentric circles
4. Using a knife, chopstick or skewer, start in the center of the innermost circle and drag through the batter in a straight line outward toward the edge of the pan; repeat this step to create a spiderweb pattern
5. Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes; cool completely before slicing and serving