It’s Bonfire Night! Although not my favourite day of the year (I don’t like standing out in the cold being deafened) it does always remind me of that cosy bonfire, cute sparklers and everything doused in cinnamon, so what better way to celebrate this time of year than with a cinnamon cupcake decorated with chocolate buttercream and a “bonfire” sat on top! I got the idea from a blog called A Strong Coffee and then decided to use a cinnamon muffin recipe from Taste & Tell Blog and then I used some basic buttercream icing recipes from BBCGoodFood.
Makes 14 Cupcakes
250g Plain Flour
225g Caster Sugar
4 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
115ml Vegetable Oil
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
100g Milk Chocolate
200g Butter, softened
400g Icing Sugar
5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp Milk
75g Butter, softened
150g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Milk
Yellow & Red Food Colouring
14 Flake Bars
First of all, preheat your oven to 190C/ 170 Fan/ Gas Mark 4 and line a cupcake tray with cases.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, caster sugar, baking powder, 1 tbsp cinnamon and the salt, then whisk until evenly combined.
In a small bowl or jug whisk together the milk, oil and eggs until combined.
Make a small well within the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in a bit at a time, mixing until you have a smooth batter with no lumps, but don’t over-mix!
Now divide the mixture between your cupcake cases.
Time to make a topping! Mix the leftover cinnamon and granulated sugar together then using a teaspoon, gently shake this mixture over the top of each cupcake.
Bake in the oven for between 13-15 minutes until they're golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes!
Now to make the first icing. Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over simmering water until completely melted, once melted take off the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mash together the butter and icing sugar until they form a soft paste.
Add in the cocoa powder, salt, milk and melted chocolate to the icing sugar and butter mix then whisk together until you have a firm icing with no lumps.
Now using a piping bag and nozzle, cover the top of each cupcake with your chocolate buttercream; don’t use too much as we have more icing and some Flakes to add yet! I put my cupcakes in the fridge whilst preparing the final icing so the buttercream didn't melt on top.
Now onto the final icing (we’re almost there!) whisk together the butter and icing sugar until they form a smooth paste then add in the milk and a pinch of salt.
Mix in the milk until your icing is smooth and creamy, add in a few droplets of food colouring at a time until you have orange coloured icing (I ran out of red food colouring so mine is slightly more yellow) and then you’re all ready to ice!
Now the finishing touches! Cut up a Flake bar into thirds and place on top of the chocolate buttercream in a pyramid shape, now with your orange icing, pipe small flames around and in-between the Flake!
And that is that! I know this has quite a lot of steps and uses a lot of ingredients but if you can get this right it’s gonna look so cute! Even on its own that cinnamon cupcake is beautiful (I will be making more without icing to snack on over Christmas), I had one still warm out the oven and really had to resist eating more of them! I found that putting them in the fridge obviously took away some of the fluffiness from the cupcake so try and keep them somewhere cool and covered so the icing doesn't melt but maybe not somewhere as cold as a fridge. The Flake bars add an adorable touch to the top and if I can perfect my icing skills and the colouring I think these could look great!
I know each autumn holiday seems to be whizzing by and we’re all having to celebrate a little differently, we have a lot of pets and wild animals around us so we won't be using fireworks but we have some sparklers of different sizes to use and then we'll finish the evening with a cheeky hot chocolate and a cupcake!
I’m not lecturing anybody but all I will say is, please consider pets in neighbouring houses when setting off fireworks (WE understand what a firework is but no amount of training or calming techniques will prepare pets for them) and if you’re having a bonfire PLEASE check your wood and leaves for hedgehogs as they love to hide in amongst them.
Aside from that, I hope you have the best Bonfire Night you can with as many of your loved ones as possible.