Bonfire Cupcake Tutorial
So, with Bonfire night just around the corner I thought I’d do a tutorial for you. Something quick and easy and guaranteed to make your family and friends think you’re pretty rad.
On the rare occasion I teach people I like to use as little cake decorating equipment as possible, not everybody has that equipment at home so I like to use things that most people have access to.
A batch of your favourite flavoured cupcakes and frosting, a pizza cutter, a rolling pin, a Cadbury’s Flake and some red, yellow and orange sugar paste. You’ll also need a sprinkling of icing sugar too.
Start off by rolling your sugar paste, (you might want to dust your work space with some icing sugar to stop it sticking) you’ll want to make it 3-4mm thick. If you don’t have any sugar paste, you can buy some ready coloured in your local super market. Most supermarkets will have some, Asda for instance have this Dr Oetker one, use a small piece of the red and yellow and you’ll make orange.
Once you’ve done this get your pizza cutter and start cutting your sugar paste, you don’t want straight lines so try and make them a little wobbly if you can. After all, flames aren’t straight are they. Set them aside.
Once you’ve done this you’ll need to ice your cupcakes. I used a Jem 2D nozzle for this, but you can use any nozzle you might have at home. Place your frosting in a piping bag with your desired nozzle, or snip the corner of a zip lock bag. Gently squeeze the top of your piping bag, bringing it around the outside of the cupcake, towards the centre, gradually overlapping the icing and building up a spiral. It doesn’t have to be perfect, nobody is going to see it.
Once you’ve done that you’ll need to break up your Flake. I find the best way of doing this is by snapping the Flake in half first and then pulling bits of the Flake off so you have uneven pieces.
Next, stick the bigger piece of Flake around the icing of your cupcake, making sure to leave gaps. You won’t need all your Flake so make sure you leave some. Don’t be sneaking some into your mouth either.
Now, take your sugar paste and start placing them in the gaps of Flake, making sure you put some around the top, middle and bottom.
Once you’ve done this, take the remainder of your Flake and fill the gaps, and you’re done! Go you!
As you can see you’ll use a whole Flake for one cupcake, which can send up being quite pricey. Another alternative would be to use chocolate fingers, they’ll give you a great wood effect and you’ll get more bang for buck.