Recipe | Bonfire night chocolate flake cupcakes

Add some sweetness to your November 5th celebrations with these chocolate flake bonfires with orange buttercream flames

Guy fawkes bonfire night November 5th chocolate flake and buttercream cupcakes easy recipe uk

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.

The cupcakes

Use your favourite cupcake recipe! My recipe index has lots of cupcake recipes if you need some ideas. For example: caramel cupcakes, yoghurt cupcakes and brownie cupcakes.

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.

Bonfire night guy fawkes' cupcakes recipe

Decoration ingredients (for 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Halloween cute oreo spider muffins

Make your favourite muffins and then add these cute oreo spiders for an easy Halloween bake

Halloween cute oreo spider muffins spooky easy uk recipe cute bake

I saw this Halloween oreo spider muffin/cupcake decoration idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a go!

The muffins

Make whatever muffins are your favourite. You could make cupcakes instead. My recipe index has lots of muffin and cupcake recipes if you need some ideas. For example: chocolate fudge muffins, snickers muffins or Halloween brownie cupcakes.

I made plain vanilla sponge muffins: 4 eggs (large or medium), 8 oz (225g) self-raising flour, 8 oz caster sugar, 8 oz butter/baking margarine and a tsp of vanilla essence/extract. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, stir in the eggs until combined and finally fold in the flour. Divide the mixture into your cases (12 muffins or 24 cupcakes) and bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees C (160 fan, 356 degrees F, Gas Mark 4) until risen and golden.

Plain vanilla sponge muffins

Decoration ingredients (for 12 muffins)

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Recipe | Golden syrup sponge cake

Rich, delicious golden syrup sponge cake. Perfect with a cup of tea or as a dessert.

Quick golden syrup sponge cake easy recipe uk

I can’t believe I haven’t made this golden syrup sponge cake before. It’s absolutely delicious and I can’t recommend it highly enough! I got the recipe from Baking with Granny.

And if you can resist eating it all for a couple of days, it would make a brilliant dessert: serve a slice warm with ice cream!

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Recipe | Easy rainbow chocolate truffles

A fun, simple recipe for chocolate truffles. Child-safe too!

Fun kids rainbow sprinkles chocolate truffles easy simple uk recipe

Ingredients (makes 20-30 truffles depending on how big you roll them)

  • 200 g/ 7 oz milk chocolate (you could use dark or plain, mint or orange chocolate)
  • 1 tsp soft butter
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz vanilla/plain biscuits (I used malted milk biscuits, but digestives, shortbread, marie biscuits or similar would also work – use your favourites!).
  • Approx. 50 g / 1.7 oz rainbow sugar spinkles (hundreds and thousands).
  • Optional mini foil/paper cases. I had some Wiltons foil cases in the cupboard to use up. But these are completely optional and probably only necessary if you’re planning to give them as a gift.

Method

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Recipe | Coffee and walnut tray bake

This coffee and walnut tray bake is the perfect tea time cake. Delicious!

Coffee and walnut traybake tray bake with coffee buttercream espresso cake easy uk recipe

This is a quick, easy recipe I found on GoodtoKnow. I used a lot of strong coffee and the coffee flavour in the cake was still subtle, so don’t worry about going too far.

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Recipe | Chocolate caramel Chelsea buns

Chelsea buns with chocolate hazelnut and caramel sauce. Why not?!

Chocolate and caramel chelsea buns quick and easy UK recipe baking with yeast tear and share

I very rarely make bread or anything involving yeast. Mainly because I haven’t the time for mucking about with proving. But when I found this recipe from GoodtoKnow for chocolate Chelsea buns, it sounded straightforward so I thought I’d give it a go.

Traditional Chelsea buns contain spices and sultanas. This is a sweeter twist on the classic recipe.

I didn’t have enough chocolate hazelnut spread, but did have some salted caramel sauce to use up. And so that’s why my version contains chocolate and caramel. You can just use the chocolate hazelnut spread if you prefer.

Ingredients (makes 12 chocolate caramel Chelsea buns)

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Recipe | Old school jam and cornflake tart

Jam and cornflake tart: a school dinner classic I’ve been meaning to make for ages!

Old school dinner jam and cornflake tart or cake traybake recipe easy quick uk recipe custard optional

What can I say? I had cornflakes to use up! I found quite a few recipes which said to use ready-to-roll, shop bought-pastry. And that’s a good option if you’re in a hurry, but making the pastry isn’t that tricky if you have the ingredients and time. I used this recipe from Baking Mad.

Jam and cornflake tart is an old school classic. Another one I think many people would have had served with custard.

Ingredients

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Recipe | Lemon melt icing sugar cookies

Bite through the crunchy shell to a fluffy lemon cloud of icing sugar cookie deliciousness…

Lemon melt icing sugar cookies light fluffy biscuit simple recipe uk

It had been ages since I’d made a lemon recipe and a quick search for simple options turned up this recipe for soft melt-in-your-mouth lemon cookies.

These lemon melt icing sugar cookies are absolutely beautiful, particularly if you get the chance to eat one or two when they’re fresh out of the oven. The outer shell has a sweet crunch and the inside is a fluffy cloud of subtle lemony goodness.

Rolling and baking the sticky dough in several batches is a bit of a faff, but your efforts will be more than rewarded.

Ingredients (makes approx. 50 icing sugar cookies)

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Recipe | Honey and ginger cakes

Little honey and ginger cakes with optional sticky honey glaze

Honey and ginger cakes uk recipe quick and easy with glaze

Looking for an alternative to chocolate everything? These honey and ginger cakes are a terrific option. So easy to make, the mixture rises beautifully into a light, fragrant sponge.

I got the original recipe for these honey and ginger cakes at olive magazine. Personally, while the glaze is also easy to make, I prefer the cakes without it. As advertised, it’s very sticky, and I prefer to live without the mess!

If you want to use a bun/cupcake tin, the ingredients will make 24 cakes. If you use a muffin tin, you’ll get 12 muffins. As you’ll see below, I used a 12-hole bun tin and a 24-hole mini bun tin.

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Thank you and book update. A quiet lockdown launch for Art and Soul… with cake!

Art and Soul an uplifting contemporary romance novel by Claire Huston book cake 2
Yes, the enormous book in the middle is, in fact, a cake!

Like many authors, I always hoped to have a small party to celebrate the publication of my debut novel, Art and Soul. Like everyone, I didn’t expect lockdown. But, even if she only has 4 people to feed, you can’t keep a baker down. And with a good excuse to make a giant cake, I made one!

Art and Soul an uplifting contemporary romance novel by Claire Huston book cake 3

Here’s another picture of it sliced, just to prove it really was a cake. Two large layers of simple sponge cake with vanilla buttercream and then an edible customised topper which I ordered online.

And if you’re wondering where I am… ta-dah!

Art and Soul an uplifting contemporary romance novel by Claire Huston book cake (2)

Sorry I look so squinty, but it was a beautiful bright day so at least we got to eat cake in the garden.

Blog Tour thanks

Thank you to all the bloggers who took part in the blog tour for Art and Soul and, of course, to Rachel Gilbey for doing such a wonderful job in organising it all. Their reviews are brilliant and I’m thrilled they enjoyed the book, with many of them finding it was exactly the sort of cheerful distraction they needed at the moment.

Thank you too!

And thank you everyone for your kind words, sharing the message the book was out and, indeed, to those of you who bought or downloaded a copy. I really appreciate it.

If you have read and enjoyed Art and Soul, if you can, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It does make a huge difference to how visible the book is to other readers.

Still a book bargain!

If you like contemporary romance and are looking for an uplifting story, I’d be delighted it you would give Art and Soul a try. And/or tell your romance-reading friends about it!

The ebook is still only 99p / $0.99 on Amazon or free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

And/or if you could add the book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, I’d be very grateful.

Art and Soul contemporary romance novel cover by Claire Huston a heartwarming uplifting romance

Thank you again! I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

Next week, normal service will resume with a recipe post 🙂


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