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Harriet Hedgehog

6 1/8 ounces butter or margarine
6 1/8 ounces caster sugar
3 eggs, size 3
5 1/4 ounces self-raising flour
1 1/16 teaspoons baking powder
7/8 ounce Cadbury's cocoa
1 small orange
orange food colouring
3/4 pound chocolate butter icing
2 large packets Cadbury's milk chocolate buttons
1 glace cherry
2 roasted coffee beans, raisins or small sweets

1.2 litre (2 pint) ovenproof basin, greased
A baking tray

Cream the fat and sugar until light in colour and texture. Gradually
add the eggs, then fold in the flour and baking powder sifted
together. In a separate mixing bowl, blend the cocoa to a paste
with a little boiling water, then add half the cake mixture to it
and mix well. Finely grate the orange rind and add it to the
remaining mixture with enough strained orange juice to make a soft
dropping consistency. Add colouring, if liked. Spoon the two
mixtures alternately into the basin then swirl through only once
so that they remain separate. Smooth the top and hollow out the
centre slightly. Stand the cake on a baking tray and cook in a
moderate oven (180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4) for 1-11/4 hours until
cooked through. When cooked, a warm skewer inserted into the middle
of the cake should come out cleanly. Turn out and cool on a wire

Spread the flat base of the turned-out cake with some of the icing,
then cut it in half down the middle. Sandwich the two iced ends
together to make the dome shape of the hedgehog. Cut down through
the cake on either side of the butter icing, spread with a little
more icing and put the cake back together again. Lift the cake on
to a board or flat plate and cover it completely with chocolate
butter icing. Put a little more chocolate icing on one end and mark
with a fork to make a pointed snout and face. Rub the Buttons to
make them shine, then cut each in half. Stick them in at an angle,
in lines, over three-quarters of the cake leaving the forked area
clear, ensuring all the Buttons point in the same direction. Place
the cherry in position to make a nose and the coffee beans, raisins
or small sweets on the cake to represent eyes.


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