Add some sweetness to your November 5th celebrations with these chocolate flake bonfires with orange buttercream flames
If you’re not from the UK, you may not know that it’s traditional here to celebrate the night of November 5th with bonfires and fireworks. This cupcake decoration idea – using chocolate flakes to create the firewood and piped orange buttercream for the flames – is another one I saw a photo of on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.
I used my golden syrup sponge cake recipe. I used the same quantities of ingredients for making a loaf cake, but divided the mixture between 12 cupcake cases and baked for 20 minutes at 180 degrees C (160 fan, 356 degrees F, Gas Mark 4) until risen and golden.
Decoration ingredients (for 12 cupcakes)
- 70 g / 2.5 oz butter (at room temperature)
- 140 g / 5 oz icing sugar (sieved)
- Orange food colouring (I used gel colouring)
- Approx. 20 g / 0.7 oz dark chocolate, melted (use a microwave to melt the chocolate or put it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water)
Leave your cupcakes to cool completely before you start to decorate them.
Make your buttercream. Use a stand mixer or electric hand beaters to beat the butter for 3-4 minutes until it begins to pale. Add the icing sugar to the butter and beat for another 3-4 minutes until the buttercream is smooth. If you have a hood for your mixer, use it to stop the icing sugar being thrown up into a cloud. If you don’t have a hood, mix slowly by hand at first to minimise the chance of icing sugar flying all over the place.
Divide the buttercream: put about two thirds in one bowl and the other third in another. To the larger amount, add the melted chocolate and stir through the buttercream until combined. Add the orange food colouring to the smaller amount of buttercream and stir until you have an even colour. Continue to add colouring until you get the brightness you want. If adding the melted chocolate or colouring makes the buttercream too thin, simply add some more icing sugar to the buttercream and stir through to thicken it.
I used Cadbury’s Flakes, as shown in the above picture, and chopped them roughly to resemble firewood. If they don’t sell Flakes where you are, you could try chopping another chunky chocolate bar to achieve a similar effect.
Spoon some of the chocolate buttercream onto the centre of your cupcakes. Use the chocolate buttercream as edible glue into which you can press and fix the chocolate flake firewood, arranging it in a pile.
Put your orange buttercream into a piping bar with a star tip. Pipe four or five small “blobs” of buttercream between the chocolate flake firewood to look like flames.
As an optional extra, put some mini marshmallows on toothpicks, ready to toast on your chocolate and buttercream bonfires.
Your bonfire chocolate flake and buttercream cupcakes will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container stored in a cool, dry place.
Happy 5th November!
If you’re looking for other cupcake recipes, you could try:
Caramel cupcakes with caramel buttercream.
Piñata cupcakes, baked using condensed milk.