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Greater Manchester, England, GB
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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; but a simple or ready made cake would work fine!





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  1. Step 1 1

    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.

  2. Step 2 2

    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

  3. Step 3 3

    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.

  4. Step 4 4

    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!

  5. Step 5 5

    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.

  6. Step 6 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Place all the icing decorations on the cake, I used chocolate gel icing to stick the flames onto the side.

  8. Step 8 8

    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.

  9. Step 9 9

    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!

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