Apple and Ginger Bonfire Cupcakes

October 29, 2018 5 Comments
Apple and Ginger Bonfire Cupcakes

Remember, remember the 5th of November! Fireworks night is fast approaching, and these Apple and Ginger Bonfire Cupcakes are just perfect to help celebrate Guy Fawkes night.

I have recorded a little demo video to show you how easy it is to decorate these bonfire cupcakes. You really don’t need to be a whizz at cake decorating, yet they look so professional. Add a little sparkler candle and they really do look the part.

So, have a read through and watch the video, or pin it for later!

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Apple and Ginger Bonfire Cupcakes



I am always looking for new ideas and recipes to try, and I love doing them for a theme or occasion and Fireworks night is no exception! Last Bonfire night we made Chocolate Apples with Popping Candy, this year it’s all about these Apple and Ginger Bonfire Cupcakes.

I have to admit the idea for the decoration of these bonfire cakes wasn’t mine originally. I saw this picture of a cake from The Craft Company on Pinterest that used matchmakers as a bonfire and I thought it looked so effective that I wanted to try my own version. Rather than use my normal cupcake recipe, I thought I would try some seasonal flavours of apple and ginger.  The cakes turned out really well, but if i’m honest when I make them again I will be adding a little more apple to the mix.


What You Will Need

  • 300g granulated sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 150ml milk
  • 75g glace ginger
  • 2 cooking apples- peeled, cored and diced
  • Butter icing (I used shop bought Betty Crocker, but you could of course make your own!)
  • Orange, yellow and red food colouring.
  • Orange Matchmakers or other chocolate sticks


How You Make Apple and Ginger Bonfire Cupcakes

I have made a little video which goes through the steps, but the full detail are here for you.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl, and mix well until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.
  4. With the flour add only half to the bowl, along with the ground ginger. Mix, then add half of the milk and mix again.
  5. Add the remaining flour, mix then the remaining milk. At this stage add the glace ginger and apple and give it a final mix, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Use a muffin or cupcake tray lined with paper cases. Fill each paper case 3/4 full with the cake mixture.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
  9. To decorate first apply some orange buttercream to the top of your cakes with a knife or spatula.
  10. Snap the matchmakers in half and arrange your ‘bonfire’ on top of each cake.
  11. Put some red and yellow buttercream in the same piping bag (put one colour on each side), and use it to create your bonfire flames.
  12. That’s it all done, ready to enjoy!

It actually makes it sound a lot harder than it really is, but check out the video which shows you how super simple they are to create.


If you need more ideas for bonfire night crafts and recipes then check out and follow our Pinterest board.



Happy Guy Fawkes Night!

Kerry x


NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. These are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate.  I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipe can be improved upon please take the time to comment below.






  • Naomi November 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Simply wow! These are amazing #kidsandkreativity

  • Debbie Denyer November 5, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    These look amazing! I love the use of Matchmakers. I can consume a box of Matchmakers in seconds, so this is my kind of recipe. Although I might eat them before they get as far as the cakes! The sparkler on top is genius too! #KidsandKreativity

  • Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful November 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Oh I love these! Ginger is particularly popular in our home at the moment! #kidsandkreativity

  • Helena November 13, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    These look delicious. I wonder if you could use an alternative to sugar. #KidsandKreativity

  • Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin November 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    These really look amazing, and tasty too! x

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