I absolutely love Bonfire Night, always have and always will. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so close to my birthday so it feels like a pre-bday celebration, or just the idea of wrapping up and watching firework displays with your family and a glass (or two) of mulled wine in a huge field… I look forward to it each year and this year is definitely no exception. Although I’ll be in Swansea for a week from the 5th as a birthday getaway, I wanted to create a recipe that people can make for the holiday; maybe you’re having a garden gathering, maybe you’re celebrating in a different way, either way these chocolate bonfire cupcakes are so cute and festive!
Ingredients Needed For Chocolate Sponge;
- 110g caster sugar
- 110g unsalted butter
- 110g self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder (mixed with 2 tbsp water into a paste)
- Dash of milk
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a cupcake tray with cases.
- Simply cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy in an electric kitchen mixer. This normally takes a couple of minutes.
- Then add the eggs one by one and mix on a medium speed until fully incorporated.
- Sift in the flour and mix until you have a smooth batter, then add the chocolate paste.
- Fill the cupcake cases- I got 8 with this mixture because I wanted them quite big although you can get 12 if you are less generous with the batter in each one!
- Bake in the centre of the oven for around 12 minutes, until they are springy to the touch and a knife comes out clear from the centre.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack while you work on the icing!
Ingredients Needed For Icing;
- 140g unsalted butter
- 280g sifted icing sugar
- Dash of milk
- Red, Orange and Yellow food colouring (I used Dr Oetker gel colouring)
- Flake bars
- Cream together the butter and icing sugar, gradually increasing the speed. Add the milk to loosen a little and leave to mix until it lightens in colour which usually takes around 5 minutes.
- Next, divide the icing mixture 60:20:20. You want the majority to be the main orange detailing, then red and yellow to add to the flame effect. Split the icing into 3 bowls.
- Add the food colouring to each bowl separately, one for each colour. I used a lot here as I wanted a bolder colour but it depends on what effect you’re going for. Mix really well, then put the icing into separate piping bags with a star-tip nozzle attached.
- Starting with the orange, pipe in a circular motion in the middle of each cupcake. This will be the base for the bonfire.
- Then add the crushed Flake for the logs. Stack them towards the middle in a triangular shape, using the orange icing for support.
- Go back with the orange icing and pipe small flames up the outside of the logs now.
- Next, use the red icing to do flames at the base, then the yellow for flames nearer the top. Try to mix it up a little to replicate the flames moving in a real fire.
- Use leftover bits of Flake to add twigs and wood to the outside of the cupcake and sprinkle around the edges.
The icing part might sound a bit complex but to be honest it’s more about being creative with the different colours and creating the bonfire effect. They’re very fiddly and the Flake melts quite quickly when you’re handling it so work quickly with this part and try not to get covered in melted chocolate like I did!
I hope you all have a lovely Bonfire Night!
Lots of Love,