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Bonfire Cupcakes

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This is a step by step guide for making some seriously impressive yet tasty cupcakes. In this tutorial you will learn how to make rich, caramel cupcakes from scratch, and how to make your own bonfire toffee to decorate the cakes with. Although the toffee looks hard to made, it is surprisingly easy, with the only difficulty being washing up the saucepan you use afterwards. 


 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment

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For the caramel mud cupcakes, you will need:

125g of butter, chopped into small pieces
100g of white chocolate, chopped up
150g of brown sugar
90g of golden syrup (Pale treacle for those in the USA)
160ml of milk
150g of plain flour
50g of self raising flour

For a simple butter icing, you will need:
150g of butter
300g of icing sugar

For the bonfire toffee, you will need:
225g of caster sugar
125 ml of water

If you want more or less butter icing, just use a 1:2 ratio of butter to icing sugar. 

The equipment you should have handy is:
One or two saucepans, depending on whether you want to wash up as you go or not
Mixing bowl
Muffin tin
12 Muffin case
Candy/Food thermometer
Parchment Paper
Baking trays (for drizzling toffee)

At this point you'll want to preheat your oven to 170 degrees C, or 150 degrees C if you have a fan assisted oven.

Step 2: Melt the cupcake ingredients

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Add the butter, white chocolate, sugar, golden syrup and milk to a pan. Stir everything over a low heat, and don't allow for the mix to boil or simmer. When everything has melted, set it aside to cool for twenty minutes.

Step 3: Finish cupcake mix and cook in the oven

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When the cake mix has cooled, sift in the flour (I didn't do this as my seive has disappeared). Add the egg, and beat until well combined. Place into the twelve muffin cases, and cook for half an hour. If you use foil muffin cases, they might cook sooner, so check on then from 20 minutes onwards. When the cupcake springs back if you press lightly on it, then it is done.
jimopertrat3 years ago
Sweet!! 5*
Pizzapie5003 years ago
How do you drizzle it like that? I can never get it like that.
VengefulSpoon (author)  Pizzapie5003 years ago
For me, I dip a spoon into the toffee when the bubbles have gone. When the trail leaving the back of a wooden spoon has thinned a bit, I start to drizzle it over the baking paper. When I used the frontside of the spoon I got the thicker blobs that you can see in the first photo of Step 6.
What's pale treacle?
VengefulSpoon (author)  Pizzapie5003 years ago
I think it is similar to cane syrup. If you can't find any, then mixing light corn syrup with molasses would be a good substitute (I think a 2:1 ratio would work best).
bajablue3 years ago
Beautiful work... it's what I call ART!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Awesome! I think the second image might make a more striking intro picture.
VengefulSpoon (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
I've been undecided for a while on which one to use, and you have now prompted me to change it. Thank you for the advice!
Biggsy3 years ago
Welldone on a wonderful first instructable!
VengefulSpoon (author)  Biggsy3 years ago
Thanks! I've been on here lurking for a while, and have finally decided to take the plunge and start contributing. Thank you for the comment!
Not a problem matey, if you need any help or anything drop us a line :)