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Fireworks Cupcakes – Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Popping Candy

These Fireworks Cupcakes are an easy and fun way to celebrate Bonfire Night! Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes are filled with popping candy, aka “pop rocks”. And Neon buttercream is swirled with black buttercream to create an awesome fireworks in the night sky look! Sprinkle with more popping candy, and you’ll be ooh-ing and ahh-ing through every bite of these Fireworks Cupcakes! Also a great cupcake to serve at your New Years’ Eve Party!

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Fireworks Cupcakes - Gluten free vanilla cupcakes with black buttercream swirled with neon buttercream, there is a sparkler above them - full size image

 

Remember, remember the 5th of November,

Gunpowder, treason, and plot,

I know of no reason, why the gunpowder treason,

Should ever be forgot

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If you’re not in Britain, or one of the common wealths (is that the correct term?), then you might not be all that familiar with Bonfire Night. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night or Fireworks Night, it is a British holiday on 5th November where we celebrate a failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by the Catholics, who wanted to kill King James I and oust his government because they were Protestant (that’s a very, very basic description of the events – some of which may even be wrong!). It was foiled when Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding all the gunpowder in the tunnels beneath. So, naturally, we celebrate his capture and gruesome execution by setting off fireworks and burning an effigy of Guy on a bonfire – because that’s a totally normal thing to do! It may have a slightly odd reason behind it, but Guy Fawkes Night is always such a fun celebration – you wrap up warm to watch pretty fireworks, eat fairground style food, and just have a generally good time! 

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

Moist, tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curd and covered in Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting. You will love these Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes!

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes by Giraffes Can Bake - Moist and tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curd and topped with Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting

I started my last post talking about how time seems to slip me by and it looks like I’m starting this one off the same way, at least I’m consistent! This post almost didn’t happen, because I did not realise how late into the week we are – it’s Friday apparently?! Did everybody realise this?! Has somebody alerted the PM? (On second thoughts don’t, he’ll probably impose a time tax) It’s actually currently Thursday as I write this, 11:30pm on Thursday – oops! I’ve been baking all evening in the kitchen (where else would you be baking, Michelle?!) and I finally sat down, ready to catch up on some blog reading before I go to bed when it hit me that tomorrow (now today) would be Friday and I hadn’t even started on a post! Luckily I had at least edited the photos, so it’s just the actual writing I have to do. Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds themselves this unorganised on a frequent basis? Lie to me if you have to! 

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes by Giraffes Can Bake - Moist and tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curd and topped with Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting

 

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Viennese Whirls

Viennese Whirls

When the lovely Jhuls over at The Not So Creative Cook (don’t let the name fool you, she has lots of amazing, creative recipes) said she needed some guest posts for her blog while she was away, I jumped at the chance. Jhuls is one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” and her blog is great, frankly I’m honoured to be featured on there

Viennese Whirls

I knew I had to bring my baking A-game for her, so I decided to make one of my favourite ever treats. Viennese Whirls are great because they’re actually really easy to make but they’re delicate and tasty enough to be featured in a fancy French bakery, or just really impress your friends and family. Out of all the many things I have baked, these are my mum’s favourites. When I told her I would be making these again she was very distraught as she’s on a diet and has been doing really well! She couldn’t resist though and had one (or two!), I almost feel guilty haha!

Viennese Whirls

 

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Frosting

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Buttercream Frosting

Yep, you heard me right. This mint chocolate chip ice cream frosting tastes exactly like mint choc chip ice cream, it is amazing! This is the kind of frosting that you can just eat straight out of the bowl, it doesn’t even need a cake to go with it! It’s so light and fluffy and extremely creamy! The key is the high butter to sugar ratio (which makes it’s extremely creamy and not overly sweet) and to whip up the butter for a minimum of 10 minutes (which makes it so light and fluffy), it also has cream in it to give it that ice cream taste. Now, I know you’re probably thinking it can’t taste that much like ice cream but you’re wrong! You have to try it to believe it! 

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