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7 November 2018

Student Recipes: Bonfire Lava Cakes

Food & Drink, Student Life

Once the fun of Halloween is over, I for one, begin to focus on the next best holiday. Bonfire Night! This is one of my favourite times of the year so here is a recipe for making your very own Bonfire Lava Cakes!

The Shopping List: (Makes 12)

For the Cupcakes:

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 25g Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp of Milk
  • Cupcake Cases

For the Butter Cream:

  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 440g icing sugar
  • Red and yellow food colouring
  • 1 box of chocolate orange Matchmakers

The Method:

Cook time: 10 minutes prep, 20 mins cooking

For this recipe you will also need a few baking essentials. Being at uni, these are not something you may already have – me neither. However, you can pick all of these up at most charity shops for cheap!

Pre-heat your oven to 180*C/ 350*F/Gas Mark 4.

Add your butter, sugar, flour cocoa powder, eggs and milk into a mixing bowl.

Lay out your cake cases into a baking tray.

Using an electric whisk, mix the ingredients until they are smooth and then separate into cake cases.

Pop into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Keep checking the cakes and once they are bouncy to the touch you can remove them from the oven.

Take the cakes out of the baking tray and lay to cool on a cooling rack. I use a metal shelf from the oven (obviously a cool one) to lay out the cakes.

Now to make the butter cream.

Place your butter cream ingredients into your mixing bowl. Begin to whisk to thicken it. Add your food colouring to make the lava red colour. Keep whisking until thick and then pipe onto the top of your cakes.

Snap your matchmakers into smaller pieces and place around the ‘lava’

Now grab your best looking lava cake and enjoy!

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By Alex Greenalgh

Hi! I’m Alex Greenhalgh and I am a second year at Edge Hill University studying Primary Education with QTS, and yes, I know I’m mad for going into that profession… (I’ve heard all the jokes) but I am keen to make a difference to the lives of the next generation. When I am not in University I enjoy cooking, gaming and the university students’ staple pass time, ‘spoons. My interests will be reflected with my blogs as they will have a strong focus on cooking. I understand the struggles and the endless trawls through Aldi looking for the best bargains, so I want to pass on a few insights into how cooking can be fun, inexpensive and tasty! I really do hope you enjoy reading my blogs!

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