Bonfire Night is the perfect excuse to wrap up warm and spend time with family and friends. And if you’re hosting a Bonfire Night party, we think there’s no better way to impress them than with this amazing chocolate bonfire cake!
You don’t have to be an aspiring Mary Berry to make it either. Just stack two pre-bought chocolate cakes on top of each other and decorate them with long chocolates like matchmakers, chocolate fingers and flakes. Let’s get started!
Remember, remember the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and… cake!
Bonfire cake recipe
We cheated by using two pre-made chocolate cakes but there’s nothing stopping you making your own from scratch. There’s a great basic chocolate cake recipe on BBC Good Food – just remember to use two different sized circular tins so that you can stack one on top of the other.
You’ll also need a few things to decorate your bonfire cake:
- Chocolate fingers
- Red and yellow ready-to-roll icing
What to do
Firstly, stack the small cake on top of the big cake. It’s best to do this straight on the plate or tray you’re planning to present it on as it will be difficult to move once it’s been assembled.
Then start placing your matchmakers, chocolate fingers and flakes all the way around the top tier so that it looks like a bonfire. This is where you’ll really start to see your Bonfire cake taking shape! Matchmakers and flakes look best as they really look like twigs.
Once you’re happy with the shape of your bonfire, roll out some red and yellow icing to make some flames. It might be a bit tricky to keep them in place so slightly folding them around one of the matchmakers or chocolate fingers will help.
Then you’re done – making a bonfire cake is as easy as that! We placed some matchmakers around the bottom of the cake to look like sticks and collected some different coloured leaves from outside to decorate the table around the cake. This will give your bonfire party a real autumnal feel; just make sure the leaves don’t touch anything you’re going to eat.