Simple Bonfire cakes for kids from Cookie Girl

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Cookie Girl, aka Ianthe Milton shows us how to make some showstopping Bonfire Cupcakes

Simple Bonfire cakes for kids from Cookie Girl

Bonfire cupcakes from Eat Me!: The Stupendous, Self-Raising World of Cupcakes and Bakes According to Cookie Girl

Simple Bonfire cakes for kids from Cookie Girl


For the cupcakes

  • lemon juice or vinegar 1 tbsp
  • full-fat milk 240 ml/8 fl oz
  • Plain flour 225 g/8 oz
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • cocoa powder 55 g/2 oz
  • Unsalted butter 110 g/4 oz
  • caster sugar 255 g/9 oz
  • large eggs 2

For the icing

  • Unsalted butter 110 g/4 oz, room temperature
  • cream cheese 110 g/4 oz
  • icing sugar 450 g/1 lb
  • vanilla essence 1 tsp
  • red colouring paste 1 tsp
  • Matchmakers 4 boxes/packs


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole nonstick muffin tray with paper cake cases. Add the lemon or vinegar to the milk and set it to one side to allow the milk to curdle. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Cream the butter and half the sugar together in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one by one, followed by the rest of the sugar. Follow this with a third of the cocoa mixture then a third of the soured milk; keep alternating till you have used up all the mixtures.

  • Step 3

    Divide the mixture between the cases. Place in the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes until firm and springy to the touch. Remove to a wire rack and leave to cool.

  • Step 4

    Beat together the butter and cream cheese for the frosting until smooth. Add the icing sugar a third at a time and continue to mix, adding the vanilla and then the red food colouring to achieve a strong red colour.

  • Step 5

    Turn the cupcakes upside and remove their paper cases. Using a butter knife or spatula, cover the cakes (still upside down) in red icing. Build up the icing on the cakes and create high peaks.

  • Step 6

    While the icing is still soft, press in the ‘logs’ (Matchmakers) which you can break to fit. Some should be higher than the cake and you can use the shorter pieces to fill in the gaps. The iced peak should show just over the top of the logs to give the impression of a flame.