Guy Fawkes Cupcakes

“Remember, remember the fifth of november, Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I see no reason, why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot”

No, it’s not a quote of “V for Vendetta”, these are the first sentences of the rhyme “Remember Remember”. Tonight in England everyone will commemorate the Bonefire Night; a lot of bonfires and fireworks will be lit. To celebrate, we have to start a little bonfire too… But we can’t burn our kitchen, so we’ll light our cupcakes with a two tone frosting! So, here come the “Guy Fawkes’s cupcakes”, a soft chocolate dough scented with habanero and decorated with two frostings to recreare the colours of flames 🙂 .

flame cupcakes

Despite the real flames in the picture, our kitchen is still in good conditions 😉

This English feast commemorates the Gun Powder Plot: in 1605 the Catholics tried to kill the Protestant King James I and replace it with a Catholic ruler, by blowing up the English parliament.
On November 5, the plot was discoreved and Guy Fawkes, one of the plotters, arrested. Since then, to commemorate the failure of the plot, English people celebrate the Bonefire Night, burning an effigy of the conspirator on a pyre.
Children go from house to house begging for a few coins, money which they’ll use to buy the wood for the evening pyre.
Traditionally, families cook sausages and Jacked potatoes directly on the pyre… As a matter of fact, wasting all that fire without cooking would be a shame 😉 .

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Cupcakes di Guy Fawkes

Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Difficulty Medium


For the dough

  • 100 g flour
  • 50 g manitoba flour
  • 45 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 130 g sugar
  • 110 g milk
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 packet cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • chili pepper habanero chocolate

For the frosting

  • 250 g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • 125 g powdered sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 packet saffron
  • red icing color


For the dough

  1. Start by beating together butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and a pinch of salt for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the two types of flour, the cocoa and the chili pepper. If you find some habanero chocolate, use it instead of the classical chili pepper. Its fruity flavour will wonderfully combine with the bitter taste of cocoa.
  3. At last add the milk and the cream of tartar and knead energetically till the dough is smooth.
  4. Fill 12 cupcake liners with the dough and bake them at 180° for about 20-25 minutes. Let them cool completely before decorating them.

For the frosting

  1. Combine Philadelphia cream cheese, mascarpone and sugar. Divide the frosting in two parts.
  2. In the first one add the vanilla and a some red icing color. In the second half add the saffron.
  3. Let the frostings rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  4. Fill a piping bag with the red frosting, and squash the sides a little bit to cover the inside of the bag.
  5. Open up the bag again; drop the yellow frosting in the middle and push it down a little bit , this will create the two tone flaming effect.
  6. Close the piping bag and decorate your cupcakes 🙂 .

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