I hope you've had a great weekend. Today is a National Holiday in Sweden called Valborg. This means that tonight we will walk to a local neighborhood bonfire, where the neighbors will gather with their families. These Valborg bonfires are so huge that they gave me pause the first time we attended one for this holiday. People usually sing songs and lead children's dances around the bonfire --- or like us: just come by while grilling out with friends to say hi and absorb the atmosphere. Similar scenes will take place all over Sweden. If you'd like to read more about it's traditional sense, read here.
After seeing an image, here, I've been so inspired to make a bonfire cake and thought that tonight would be the perfect occasion. These cupcakes are not exclusive to Valborg, though. Wouldn't these be fun for a Campfire Birthday Party, too?
HOW TO MAKE THESE CUPCAKES:
1) Bake and cool chocolate cupcakes, recipe here.
I wanted to use criss-crosses of baking paper as cupcake tins. To do this, just cut strips of baking paper. Cross these and attach them in the middle with a little click of butter. Add a click of the middle of the cross and press this criss-cross into a cupcake tin and fill.
To make the flame:Crush yellow, orange and red hard candies in a plastic bag. I used these lollipops. Once crushed, spread the dust out on baking paper/parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350. Watch to make sure this melts but doesn't brown. Once melted, remove from oven and cool. Once cooled, snap pieces into small flames.
Bon Fire Assembly:Frost Cake with a dollop of chocolate frosting, recipe here, in the middle of the cupcake. Cut Chocolate Fingers in half and cut off the ends. Arrange this as logs around the middle -- use arrangements of 3 or 5. Once logs are arranged, press flames between the logs with the largest flames in the center until the cupcake resembles a camp fire. Enjoy!
Swedish Valborg Post card by Jenny Nystrom
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