Parkin Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream & Popping Candy

As the nights are drawing in much earlier I’m starting to get in the mood for Autumn and everything that comes along with it. One of those things are fireworks. I absolutely love how they light up the sky and enchant you. Every year my dad and stepmum host a bonfire party at their house. This involves a huge bonfire in their garden, setting off fireworks, and most importantly eating homemade hot pot and parkin, the latter of which I like to bring along. I decided to jazz up my parkin this year by adding sweet toffee buttercream, and to represent the fireworks I’ve garnished them with popping candy chocolate and a sprinkle of gold edible glitter. The best thing is they are so simple to make and they will delight people of all ages!

To make the cupcakes I used my tried and tested Parkin recipe which I’ve made in the past as a tray bake. I filled 12 cupcake cases with the mixture but I reckon it could be stretched out to 16 as I was quite generous.

I baked the cupcakes on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes, then let them cool. Parkin tastes best after being stored for a few days in an air tight container, so I made these cupcakes a couple of days before decorating and eating them. You don’t have to do this, but it is recommended for developing the flavour.

I melted 250g dark chocolate and poured it onto a lined baking tray to create a thin layer of chocolate. I sprinkled popping candy all over it.

I made the buttercream from 220g butter, 440g icing sugar and 2 tsp caramel extract. I piped it onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and nozzle.

I broke the chocolate into shards and stuck it into the buttercream. I also sprinkled the cupcakes with some gold edible glitter for extra sparkle!

Just for fun I stuck a cake sparkler into one of the cupcakes for a photo – how cool does it look?! I can’t wait to have a sparkler on bonfire night, write my name in the air with it, and then tuck into one of these cupcakes!

I am entering these into myself and Cakeyboi’s monthly challenge Treat Petite. This month’s theme is Autumn.

I am also entering them into Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins.

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And into the Food Year Link Up hosted by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen – these cupcakes are to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

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Parkin Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream & Popping Candy

Ingredients

  • 100 g Butter
  • 100 g Soft brown sugar
  • 100 g Black treacle
  • 100 g Golden syrup
  • 150 g Oats
  • 150 g Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 250 g Dark chocolate
  • Popping candy
  • 220 g Butter
  • 440 g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Caramel extract
  • Gold edible glitter

Instructions

  1. In a pan on a low heat melt together the butter, soft brown sugar, black treacle and golden syrup. Don't let the mixture boil. Black treacle and golden syrup are very sticky and gloopy so put the pan on your scales and measure them directly into it
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, plain flour, baking powder, ground ginger, mixed spice, nutmeg and salt
  3. Pour the warm treacle mixture into the oat mixture and combine the ingredients with a spoon
  4. In a small bowl beat the eggs and milk. Add it bit by bit, mixing in well each time
  5. Bake the cupcakes on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes, then let them cool. Parkin tastes best after being stored for a few days in an air tight container, so I made these cupcakes a couple of days before decorating and eating them. You don't have to do this, but it is recommended for developing the flavour
  6. Melt the dark chocolate and pour it onto a lined baking tray to create a thin layer of chocolate. Sprinkle popping candy all over it and leave to set
  7. Make the buttercream by mixing the butter, icing sugar and caramel extract together. Pipe it onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and nozzle
  8. Break the chocolate into shards and stick it into the buttercream. Sprinkle the cupcakes with some gold edible glitter for extra sparkle!

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  1. I've not tried parkin before but having seen a few recipes about over the last few days it's definitely now on my list – it's full of flavours I love.

    I love your twist on it with the caramel buttercream and the popping candy chocolate shards.

    Quick non-food question – I've bought some sparklers to try a few pictures similar to what you've done but I don't know if I need a fast shutter speed or a slow one – I thought about some trial and error but I can see me running out of sparklers before I've figured it out. What did you use?

    1. Thanks Charlotte! Parkin is great on it's own but I felt like jazzing it up this year!

      Unfortunately you are asking the wrong person about technical camera things! I just let the sparkler go, took some shots on auto and got lucky with the shot above. Sorry that's not very good advice!!

  2. Doesn't Parkin shout 'fireworks'? These little cupcakes look so yummy and fun. The addition of caramel buttercream sounds divine….. I have never used caramel extract (I usually throw in a couple of spoonfuls of caramel sauce)….. Does it give the same amount of flavour?
    I also adore those little chocolatey popping shards….. very clever!

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