A lot of you guys have asked for a baking post, and now you’ve got one! I must say these are the best cupcakes I have ever made and tasted. I’m not really a cake fan, but these made me want to go back for more. I did cheat and use a Betty Crocker buttercream for one part, but the other part I made myself. I have just seen though that Betty Crocker have brought out a new salted caramel icing too, which would actually work really well in substitute for the chocolate icing. If you did want to make your own chocolate icing though, use 450g icing sugar and 250g butter and then add 50g of melted milk chocolate.
I thought these cupcakes were perfect for Bonfire Night, and whether you’re going out to watch a display, or having one at your own home, these would make a really tasty treat for you and you’re friends and family to enjoy. So without further ado, here’s the recipe!
Ingredients For The Cakes
- 50g Butter
- 180g Caster Sugar
- 160g Plain Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Of Baking Powder
- 160ml Milk
- 1 Egg
- Splash Of Vanilla Extract
Ingredients For The Decoration
- 10 Cadbury’s Flakes
- 140g Butter
- 280g Icing Sugar
- Orange Food Colouring
- Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line the cupcake tray with 12 paper cases. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2) Fold the flour in and baking powder, and then slowly add the milk. Crack in the egg and add the vanilla extract. Mix until a smooth consistency is formed.
3) Spoon the mixture into the cake cases. I always put a tablespoon amount into each cake case, and then the ones that look like there’s less in, go back with any left over mixture. I have also heard people using an ice-cream scoop, which I haven’t tried yet. Let me know if you have tried it, and if it works as well! Then bake for 20 minutes and leave to cool completely. (This is a great break, for if you need to catch up on any telly!) You don’t want to ice them whilst they are still warm, because the icing will melt, so this is a really important step.
4) For the icing, if using the Betty Crocker icing, put a dollop of icing on to each cupcake. Using a palette knife, smooth over the icing, covering the whole base.
5) Chop up the Cadbury Flakes in to chunks, the ideas is for them to look like logs. This bit can be really messy, as we all know, flakes are really crumbly and fall apart quite easily. They are flakey! LIGHT BULB! This must be why they are called flakes! Slightly wondered off topic! Then place 3 on each cake slightly tilted to build your fire.
6) To make the orange buttercream, mix together the butter and icing sugar to form a smooth icing. I use a sieve to do this, to get any clumps in the icing sugar out. Then add a little bit of orange food colouring, I used one from Lakeland which is the Wilton colour right system kit, which is the best food colouring I have ever used. The colours are vibrant, rather than the ones that you get from the supermarket, which are still good, but you don’t get as a vibrant colour out of them. I then used a star nozzle and piped three flames in between the Cadbury Flake logs.
7) Last of all, tuck in and enjoy!
Has anyone watched Bake Off? Did the right winner win? What did you think of the technical?