Bonfire Night Cupcakes!

Since the sound of fireworks are filling the air, I thought it would be a great time to share with you a recipe for cupcakes! These are great if you are having a party with friends or staying in and fancy a sweet treat. They don't the long to make and they are super easy!


200g flour
280g caster sugar
40g Cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
2tsp baking powder
80g unsalted butter - room temperature
140ml milk
2tsp vanilla extract

Get Baking!

Preheat the oven to 170c (325F) or gas 3
Next place into a mixing bowl the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt and butter, if you are using a free standing mixer it is best to use the paddle attachment. Start mixing at a slow speed and gradually increase as it forms into a grainy consistency.

The next step it to mix the eggs, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl or jug, gradually add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Again start off with a slower speed to prevent it from going everywhere! Mix this for a couple of minutes until it forms a smooth batter. Remember to stop half way through and scrape the sides to ensure it it is completely mixed.

Now for the cooking part, spoon the mixture between the cupcake cases (this mix creates about 24 cupcakes) I filled mine 2/3 of the way full to make sure that they wouldn't overflow. TIP - For an even batch try using an ice cream scoop to give them the same amount!

Place into the oven for 20 minute or until they are bouncy to the touch, for extra measures use a knife or something long and thin and place it into the cupcake, they will be done when it comes out clean.

When they are done leave on a cooling rack until they are complete cooled! This is important or when it comes to decorating the icing will just melt.

Now for the fun part.

Mix together 400g icing sugar and 200g butter until it is soft and fluffy, then mix in 2tsp vanilla extract and the colouring of your choice (I chose orange to look like fire) you could stop here and just have pretty cupcakes or you can add chocolate to the top to look like logs, or a bonfire!

I used twirl chocolate and chopped it up into small sticks, other options could be a flake, chocolate fingers or matchsticks. Place them in a fire type way upwards to give the effect.

Next step is to share with friends! Use them as a centrepiece to really impress visitors.

I hope you enjoy these cakes as much as I did! If you recreate these then tag me In the pictures @describingolivia, I would love to see them.


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