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Delicious chocolate and vanilla cupcakes that are perfect for bonfire night – buttercream flames, matchmaker kindling and more = Bonfire Cupcakes! 

It’s not technically been halloween yet but I am going on and on and baking more treats for you guys, and this time it is bonfire night themed! How can I honestly resist though, so far you guys are loving it! 

I wanted to do something really fun and party like for bonfire night, so went a little bit more dedicated on the theming of this bake. I just wanted to relive my bonfire night memories from being a kid, in cupcake form!

I used to love bonfire night around my family friends house – they always did such tasty food, a bonfire, and even competition of who could make the best guy fawkes – but the food was the best bit. I just loved it! 

Other than usually having a lot of fireworks go off near my house, I tend to just have a quieter evening these days – or a bit of a fun evening with some friends, so baking something like this is perfect if you are like me, or if you are actually going to a party! 

These cupcakes are relatively simple, with a chocolate cupcake base (I actually flavoured mine orange but this is optional) – and then a buttercream frosting coloured accordingly for the idea of flames! I only did red, orange and yellow – but I loved how it turned out! 

I used brown cases for the cupcakes so it was a bit more ‘ground’ or ‘dirt’ like, and used a simple chocolate cupcake mix for the base mixture. I used my favourite cocoa powder as always because I do just love the flavour it makes, along with light brown soft sugar in the sponge. 

For the buttercream I made a simple American style buttercream frosting that I then flavoured orange as well – again, this is optional, but I used orange matchmakers so I needed to fit my flavour theme! 

I used this red food colouring, this orange food colouring and this yellow food colouring for the flames – I wanted to stick in an order of colours so there is slightly more red buttercream, slight less orange, and even less yellow as so little was needed! 

I used the classic 2d closed star piping tip for the recipe because I love the swirls – I used these piping bags, and then switched the piping tip each time. You can use one piping bag and swirl all the buttercream together if you preferred, but I liked it all separate. 

For the kindling or logs for the bonfire, I chose to use matchmakers. I feel like they are the easiest ‘stick’ looking thing you can easily buy – but you can use something else if you prefer! I do trim the matchmakers down slightly though to make them fit better. 

I decided to sprinkle on a few gold sprinkles just to add a little something to each cupcake, but this is entirely optional as always! All of my decoration ideas are! 

I hope you all have a lovely and safe bonfire night – if you bake these I hope you love then! Another delicious easy bake you can have a go at is my bonfire night bark – it would go perfectly with these! Enjoy! X

Bonfire Cupcakes! 

Delicious chocolate and vanilla cupcakes that are perfect for bonfire night - buttercream flames, matchmaker kindling and more = Bonfire Cupcakes! 
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Category: Cupcakes
Type: Cupcakes
Keyword: Bonfire Night
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling & Decorating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 Cupcakes!
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 200 g unsalted butter/stork
  • 200 g light brown soft sugar
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Buttercream

  • 200 g unsalted butter (not stork) (room temperature)
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • 1 tsp orange food colouring
  • 1/2 tsp yellow food colouring

Decoration

  • 1 box Matchmakers
  • sprinkles

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/160ºfan and prep 12 cases.
  • Beat the unsalted butter/stork and light brown soft sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the self raising flour, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Beat the mixture until its thick and lovely.
  • Split the mixture evenly between the 12 cases and bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes.
  • Once baked, leave to cool fully.

Buttercream

  • Beat the room temperature unsalted butter on its own for a few minutes to loosen it and make it smoother.
  • Add in the icing sugar and vanilla extract and beat again until smooth - I mix for a good few minutes.
  • Split the buttercream into three bowls. I used 300g in one, and coloured this red. I put 200g into another and made this orange, and the last 100g I coloured yellow.

Decoration

  • Pipe a ring of red food colouring onto each cupcake. Then, pipe a slightly smaller orange ring, and then finally a little yellow one on top. I used a 2d closed star piping tip.
  • Carefully press the matchmakers into the sides of the 'flame' buttercream and sprinkle on some gold sprinkles if you want.

Notes

ENJOY!

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8 Comments

  1. Ella on November 4, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Why does my buttercream never pipe well? It’s always slightly sloppy. It’s room temp and I try and “handle it” as little as possible. Can I put it back in the fridge for 5 minutes after mixing the colour, before piping? To thicken it a bit?

  2. Lindsey on October 30, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Those are amazing. Where do you get the Matchmaker sticks?

  3. Becky on October 30, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    These look amazing 🤩 how did you make yours orange flavoured?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 1, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      I used 1 tsp of orange extract in the sponges, and 1/2 tsp orange extract in the frosting! x



  4. Colleen Reader on October 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    These look wonderful

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