About this recipe:These fun cupcakes will go down a treat on Bonfire Night! Using Flake® chocolate pieces as the wood and red, orange and yellow icing as the bonfire flames you can create your own perfect little bonfires ideal to nibble on while watching the fireworks.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the margarine and sugar until pale. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until creamy then add in the vanilla extract. Fold in the flour and gradually add the milk to form a smooth mixture. Divide evenly between the 12 paper cases, only filling half way to ensure a good rise.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the cupcakes are risen and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before decorating, about 1 hour.
For the icing:
Beat together the butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl until thick and smooth. Add the milk if necessary to ensure a thick yet spreadable icing.
Once the cakes are cooled, pipe or spoon the icing onto each cake taking care to create a steep mound of icing on which to create the bonfire effect.
Gently break the Flake® bars into long pieces using the tip of a knife to get the effect of wood logs and carefully press the pieces into the icing. Dot the red, orange and yellow icing between the logs to create the effect of flames. Serve and enjoy!
I changed this recipe by making chocolate cupcakes with green buttercream icing for grass, red sweets for flames and chocolate orange matchmakers for sticks. Thanks so much for the recipe, the kids at bonfire night loved them! - 01 Nov 2015
I used matchstick sweets as well as flakes for the sticks. I took the cup cakes and the decorations to a family bonfire party (so they didn't get ruined during the journey there) and the all the children wanted to get involved decorating the cakes before they were served. It was a really fun activity. I forgot to take the coloured icing pens along but we improvised with touches of red food colouring. A real bonfire sucess! - 06 Nov 2016