Now Autumn is well and truly here, I thought it was time for some autumn baking. My friend Hannah (check out her amazing paper craft work here) and I decided to make some ginger cupcakes with a bonfire design made with buttercream icing. The ginger is a lovely warming flavour, but we didn’t use too much so it wasn’t overpowering…
150g unsalted butter
150g soft brown sugar
150g self raising flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tbsp milk
- Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas Mark 4.
- Cream the butter and sugar together so it’s beautiful and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour and spices together.
- Mix the eggs into the butter and sugar mix, alternating with the flour so the mixture doesn’t curdle. That wouldn’t be good.
- Finally, add in the milk.
- Divide the mixture equally into 12 cupcake cases.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the cupcakes look beautiful and golden and are springy to the touch, then leave them to cool.
While the cupcakes are cooling, it’s time to get the decoration ready…
180g unsalted butter
360g icing sugar
Food colouring – we used red and yellow
- Cream the butter and icing sugar together.
- Divide the mixture into two bowls. Add a few drops of red colouring to one, and yellow to the other.
- Put both mixtures into the piping bag. The idea being that when you pipe it, you get a beautiful mix of the two colours.
- Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes once they’re cool enough – you don’t want the icing melting.
5. We wanted to do a bonfire theme, so we used honeycomb Matchmakers (so tasty) and simply pushed them into the icing.
6. Hannah had a sparkler, so we went all out with the autumnal bonfire theme and lit a sparkler in the cupcakes!
They were really tasty, and personally I was pretty impressed with how they looked! They’re really easy to make, plus they made my flat smell incredible.