Recipe: Chocolate orange bonfire cupcakes

I know, I'm a little early for bonfire night, but it is only a month away now so I thought I'd give you the heads up on these little beauties.

These are chocolate cakes, with an orange drizzle topped with a white chocolate & orange zest buttercream and orange matchsticks (And crystalised orange peel 'sparks')

The kids loved making these with me as a practise for our fireworks party in the garden. 

Very easy & very effective.


For the chocolate cakes:
120g Plain flour
140g Caster sugar
1tsp baking powder
125ml Milk
40g Butter
50g Melted dark chocolate
1 egg

For the orange drizzle:
Juice of one orange
3 tbsp granulated sugar

For the buttercream:
250g Buttercream
500g icing sugar
Zest of 2 oranges
2-4 tbsp Milk
100g melted white chocolate
Orange matchsticks
Grated peek of one orange
1 tbsp granulated sugar
Red & orange food colouring


1. Preheat the oven to 170C and line a 12 hole muffin tray with cases.

2. Mix the flour, caster sugar and baking powder in a bowl then add the butter and mix to form a sand like mixture.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the melted dark chocolate, egg and milk together.

4. Stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until just combined (Don't over mix) and spoon into cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

5. Whilst the cakes are cooking, mix the orange juice with the granulated sugar. Pour the juice over the cooked cakes whilst still warm and set aside to cool.

 6. For the buttercream, beat the butter in a bowl then stir in the icing sugar. Beat for 5 minutes then add the melted chocolate, orange zest and milk.
Split the mixture into two equal amounts and colour one red and one orange. 
Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

7. Spoon into a piping bag, alternating the colours as you go so they mix as they come out giving a two tone effect. 
Pipe onto the cakes in swirls and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.

8. Put the orange peel onto a plate and cover with the granulated sugar & set aside until needed.
Cut orange matchsticks to size and place on the cakes to look like a bonfire and sprinkle on some of the sugared orange peel to look like fire sparks.

And when it isn't bonfire night, you can still enjoy these yummy cakes, just top with a segment of chocolate orange instead!

Linked up to:
The Freerange Family


  1. Love the look of the two tone icing, chocolate orange is a favourite of mine so these would go down a treat! :) pinned! #KidsintheKitchen

  2. These look rather yummy... and it is national cake week :) I'm feeling the need to make cake!

  3. Absolutely brilliant! You have no idea how much time I spent last year trying to figure out how I'd construct a 'bonfire' cupcake :-D You totally nailed it!
    Love them! We're definitely trying.

  4. These look brilliant - so effective. And they sound delicious, chocolate and orange is such a great combo. Yum! #Tasty Tuesdays

  5. Wow these look brilliant! And they sound really yummy too. My girls will love them, thanks x #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  6. Yum. Pinned these as need to make them :-). We have some matchsticks left from the weekend as we made chocolate hedgehog cakes :-)

  7. These cakes look brilliant. I love the idea of using orange matchsticks for the bonfire logs. I must give these a try! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  8. These look lovely, I'll have to get my kids to make some. I really love the combinations of chocolate and orange too.

  9. So beautiful, yay for bonfire night! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  10. These look so tasty and so sinful! I love it :) #foodpornthursdays

  11. Definately gonna make these for the kids

  12. Oh wow! These sound amazing, thanks so much for linkin up with #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

  13. I absolutely love these, so much so you are my featured post this week! I now want to have a bonfire in the garden so se can make these and eat them outside by the fire! Thankyou so much for linking up with #kidsinthekitchen again last week, I'm sorry I am late with commenting, the weekend just disappeared! Todays linky is now live (at last!) it would be lovely to have you again x

  14. These look so gorgeous! Love the tasty ingredients & the chocolates on top really top off the bonfire theme. I'd love to try maiking these! Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays.

  15. Fab idea and easy enough to include the children too x

  16. these are amazing and a great idea- thank you (Kim Styles)

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    delicious and super healthy lamb curry


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