‘Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it’ – Carrie Bradshaw
Bonfire night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes, has always blessed me with wonderful memories, from sneaking into the school grounds surrounded by my closest friends and having a cheeky drink to watch the fireworks, to heading to Meadowbank to watch their amazing display with family.
It looks like this year has got a lot to live up to, in fact thinking about it now I don't have any plans. I am not generally one to be trusted with fire or fireworks, or even sparklers for that matter, so I thought I would stick to cooking and make these delicious chocolate orange Bonfire Cupcakes instead.
Cupcakes (Makes about 12)
- 120g Plain Flour
- 140g Caster Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 40g Unsalted Butter
- 50g Dark Chocolate
- 1 egg
- 125ml Milk
- 250g Unsalted Butter
- 500g Icing Sugar
- 4-5 Tbsp milk
- 100g White Chocolate
- 1 Orange (zest)
- Orange food colouring (or combine red and yellow)
- 6 Flakes (or similar)
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees, and line your cupcake tin with paper cases. I chose gold ones as they stuck out like a sore thumb in the shop and I HAD to get them. The way I feel about paper cases is the way most people feel the same way about handbags.
Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder together, I did this in my food processor, you can also do this with a whisk and your own strength but I am incredibly weak so would have fell at the first hurdle. (I also discovered while making these that I do not own a whisk…Get it together Talor). Now add your butter and mix until it has all come together.
Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, or the traditional way. I used to avoid the microwave as every time I did it my chocolate would be incredibly burnt – so make sure to do it in short bursts (10 seconds) and check it constantly. I now avoid melting chocolate the traditional way as I once dropped the bowl of chocolate into the boiling water and it splashed all over me.
Yes, I am a clumsy person.
The lesson here is – be careful.
Combine the milk, egg and melted chocolate together and whisk it up. Now add it to your cake mixture and continue to combine everything together. The mix should come out looking bowl licking good. (All cake mix turns out like this to be fair.) Add the mixture to your cupcake cases and pop them in the oven! This is the part where your kitchen begins to smell like heaven, or in my case, when the cat starts yowling because it smells food. Leave your cupcakes in the oven between 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer put into the centre of a cake comes out with no residue.
Leave to cool.
If you don’t like butter icing, I’m sorry but we can’t be friends…haha just kidding. (I'm not)
Cut up your butter and pop it into your food processor to be beaten until it is light in colour and fluffy. Now, I love icing sugar, it makes everything great. However, it is a complete pain to A. use and B. clean up. I had clouds of it in my hair by the end of these cupcakes…
Anyway, GENTLY stir the icing sugar into the butter for five minutes or when your arm feels like it is going to fall off. Then mix in the milk, melted white chocolate and orange zest. Add your food colouring, the reason why I have not added a measurement is because it is completely up to you what colour your fire/icing is. I left buying ingredients to the last minute so I could only find yellow and red colouring to mix together instead of orange, but I would advise orange. Mix until it is a beautiful fire colour (that’s a colour…right?).
Now that your icing looks perfect, it is time to construct your bonfire! I started off by slicing the top of my cupcake so that it was a nice even surface, then I put a blob of icing on the top and smeared (hate that word) it flat, this is so that no cakey bits get caught up in the icing. It’s annoying, trust me.
Pipe your fire.
I couldn’t find my piping bag so I simply cut the corner of a sandwich bag off and popped in one of my piping nozzles and it worked perfectly well. (You don’t always need the fancy gadgets.) Pipe in an upwards motion creating a ‘flame’ shape, I did a lot of little flames and added one on top of the other to make it more fire-like.
Grab your flakes and cut them into thirds and then I cut the thirds in half. I used three bits of flake to create the perfect triangular shape for my bonfire. As we all know flakes create an unnecessary mess similar to glitter, you seem to find bits of it everywhere. However, this plays to our advantage as we can just scoop the crumbly mess up and sprinkle it over the cupcake to give it that true fire effect.
Enjoy your super delicious chocolate orange bonfire cupcakes, perfect for munching on while watching the fireworks.
Happy Guy Fawkes/Bonfire/Firework Night!