with icing decorations
I saw a lot of bonfire night cakes online, they all looked great, so this is a mish mash of sunhatsandwellieboots and silversponge's cakes. I used a very elaborate cake recipe from; http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake but a simple or ready made cake would work fine!
First bake your cake according to your chosen recipe. I made a cake from two 18cm cake tins. I kept one half intact, and then divided up the other half into three circle of decreasing size. I used a saucer, mug and egg cup to make my layers of cake.
You need to make a ganache or butter cream icing to hold the decorations in place. I made a plain chocolate ganache from 200g chocolate and 183ml of double cream melted together. I poured in onto the cake until it was completely cover, I also used some to stick the layers together
I used half a pack of ready to roll icing to decorate the cake, and used the food colouring to colour the icing accordingly. For the flames I used red, yellow and then red and yellow to make orange colourings. I rolled the icing flat and with a sharp knife cut flame shapes out in all three colours.
For Guy Fawkes I rolled a circle in plain ivory icing for his face, and added a small ball for the nose, using a cocktail stick to make eyes and the nostrils. I 'washed' his face with red colouring to make it pinkish. Don't forget his signature tash!
Make another ball in green for his torso, and then two blue 'sausages' and two green sausages for the arms and legs. For added detail I made a 'ruff' by folding strips of ivory icing, and a black hat with red ribbon.
For the bonfire I positioned orange flavoured matchsticks and flake on the cake layers, I snapped the matchsticks to different sizes and cut the flake in half to make it look less uniform.
Place all the icing decorations on the cake, I used chocolate gel icing to stick the flames onto the side.
For the cake cutoffs and left over ganache I placed the crumbs into ramekins and squashed to reforma cake base. Then I poured ganache over the top, using small pieces of matchstick I made mini bonfires.
For the larger pieces of left over cake I cut into squares, topped with more ganache and left over flames...on the 5th I'll add indoor sparklers and candles!