Bonfire Night Cupcakes

Thursday 5 November 2015

Seeing as I didn't really get around to doing some proper Halloween baking, I thought I would make some Bonfire Night Cupcakes instead. I saw this Pumpkin spiced cupcake recipe on Zoella's channel and thought it sounded pretty good, so I decided to give it a go. It turns out she got the recipe from originally, so I decided to follow their version. However instead of making a cream cheese frosting I decided to go with buttercream, as I knew I wanted my icing to have height so it could resemble a bonfire, and I know from experience that cream cheese frosting doesn't tend to be very stiff.

The most difficult thing about this recipe turned out to be finding Pumpkin Puree... Literally no where stocked it, however I had a nosey online and was very lucky that Waitrose had it in stock. The Cake batter was easy enough to make, I simply had to cream together the butter and sugars, add the eggs one by one, followed by the milk and pumpkin, and finally stir in the flour. One of the things I enjoy most about making cupcakes is that they are so easy to make, all you do is mix the batter and then scoop it into the cupcake liners, I like to use an ice cream scoop to get even amounts in each.

Once these were baked and cooling I moved on to the buttercream icing. This simply involves beating butter until smooth, then slowly adding icing sugar, mixing in between. Once all the icing sugar was incorporated I added cinnamon and vanilla essence. I then seperated a third of the icing into a seperate bowl which I coloured yellow, and then I coloured the majority of the rest orange, to resemble fire. Before adding these to the piping bag I striped some red food colouring in a few places to add further firey accents, and then on one side added the yellow, before filling the rest with the orange. At this point I was honestly praying that this would look like fire!

When I had piped my 'fires' onto each of the cakes I then chopped up some flakes and honeycomb matchmakers to look like different sized and shaped sticks, which I then arranged around my fire to make them look like mini bonfires.

Here's the final result, which I think look pretty sweet in all honesty. They taste so good as well, almost like a carrot cake, but with pumpkin instead.

What have you baked recently?
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