I shall show you how to make the best Bonfire Night Cupcakes – they are a fun Firework party food idea that will delight your family young and old. Bonfire cupcake recipes should have Autumn flavours, in my opinion, and these have carrot, orange and cranberry (you can always switch the cranberries for raisons for a carrot cake taste). These easy bonfire cupcakes look like individual bonfires and the mini sparkler on top gives you your own firework fun.
It goes with out saying that children must be supervised with sparklers. Perhaps, they could even be lit on a decorative table for a delicious looking display, then the sparklers can be removed and handed to the young ones. Either way they are a great finger food dessert to eat while watching the fireworks.
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How To Make Bonfire Night Cupcakes
For the sponge – makes 6
- 65g salted butter
- 75g soft brown sugar
- 1 medium free range egg
- 90g self-raising flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- zest of 1/2 an orange
- 125g grated carrots
- 25g dried cranberries
For the orange syrup –
- 50g orange juice and 50g sugar
For the buttercream –
- 120g unsalted butter
- 200g icing sugar
- 2/3 tsp vanilla extract
- Zest of 1/2 an orange
- red and yellow food colouring paste
- Chocolate matchsticks (get the orange flavour if you can find them)
- mini sparklers
Turn the oven on to 180ºC and place 6 cupcake cases into a cupcake tray.
Finely grate the carrots, this will make your cupcakes really moist.
Place the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix together (flour, baking powder, cinnamon and bi-carb).
Grate the zest of 1/2 an orange.
Place the orange zest into the mixing bowl with the butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. You want to bash out those flavoursome oils from the orange zest.
Pour in the lightly whisked egg little by little and mix on a low speed until fully incorporated.
Sieve in the flour mix and beat on low until just incorporated.
Tip in the carrot and cranberries and just mix in until just spread through.
Spoon into the cupcake cases so they are even and gently spread the top smooth.
Place in the oven for about 18 minutes (check the skewer comes out clean).
Once the cakes are out of the oven heat up the syrup ingredients together until it is reduced by one third.
Then spoon over the warm cakes.
Once they have cooled its time to decorate. Add all the buttercream ingredients together (except the food colouring) and beat on a medium speed.
How to make buttercream look like fire
Use cake forks, place one in each of the food colouring and spread through the buttercream being careful not to mix too much. You want it to stay streaky.
I’m not keen on using too much food colouring but feel free to add more for a more dramatic look.
Decorating Bonfire Cupcakes
Start building your ‘bonfire’ by breaking your chocolate matchsticks into halves or thirds. Add a triangle of ‘sticks’ onto each cake.
Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag with a star nozzle.
Start adding ‘flames’ around and over the logs (it will hold them in place).
Use 4 – 5 sticks to build a bonfire shape.
Then fill some gaps in with more buttercream flames.
Add a mini sparkler to each bonfire cupcake and place on a cake stand full of red Autumn leaves.
Standback, here we goooo!
Happy and safe Bonfire night everyone!
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