Friday, January 14, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries


Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me.  Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal.  I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different.  The strawberries are hollowed out and filled with a bit of liquor, then ignited with a match.


For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night.

I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many.  Which is really, really easy to do.

The cakes are just sweet enough, and have a light, fluffy crumb - the perfect vehicle for rich chocolate buttercream.

Add just a spoonful of 80 proof or above.

Notes for flaming strawberries:
  • Any alcohol below 80 proof will not ignite well.  I used 80 proof which makes a small blue flame.  Note: some have had trouble getting 80 proof to ignite - lots of people are recommending Bacardi 151 as a fail-safe. 
  • You can add a little sugar to the inside of the strawberry to sweeten things up.  However, the flame seems to last longer without the addition of sugar.
  • Make sure to use a liquor that you like.  Vodka is a good choice if you want very little flavor.
  • Alcohol evaporates, so light the strawberry soon after you spoon the liquor in.  
  • Room temperature alcohol ignites better than refrigerated.
  • Do I have to say it?  Probably not, but my conscience will not let me go without.  Do not attempt to eat a flaming strawberry.  It has a relatively short burn time, lasting about 30 seconds to 1 minute. So, enjoy but be careful.  Use your noodle.


Shaina made a margarita version of this on Babble Food. You can find the link HERE, along with some additional tips on getting the alcohol to ignite.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries
 Yield:  About 20 cupcakes
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Cupcakes:
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp canola or other vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line muffin tin with cupcake papers and set aside.

Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.  Add eggs, water, heavy cream, oil and vanilla.  Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth. 
Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each half full.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Let cool before frosting.

Frosting:
2 sticks softened butter
4 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, cream together sugar, cocoa and butter; beginning on low speed then increase to high.  Beat until fluffy and lightened in color.  Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip.  Frost cupcakes.

 

Strawberries:
18-24 Strawberries - you'll need as many as you have cupcakes
Vodka, rum, or your choice of liquor 80 proof or higher (use Bacardi 151 for fail-proof results).

Hollow the strawberries carefully.  If you pierce the side of the strawberry accidentally, start with a new one.  Since you'll be setting the liquor aflame, it is important that the strawberry is leak-proof.

Set one strawberry atop each frosted cupcake.  Fill strawberries with liquor just before lighting (see tips).  If you need to light them all at once, (say, for a party) use a turkey baster to quickly fill all the strawberries and a grill lighter in lieu of matches.


265 comments:

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How To Be Perfect said...

Genius! I'm making these next week for sure. X

Blog is the New Black said...

These look AMAZING. And flammable? I'd prob hurt someone. But I'd risk it!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

These are just too cool! And super fun too.

Jane Ko said...

Amazing! Where did you get your cupcake liners?

Tiffany @ Conor and Bella said...

These are absolutely stunning!

Ashley said...

This is such a fabulous idea!!! Xoxoxo 1942charm.blogspot.com

Brooke said...

These are unbelievably cute! How did you get such nice photos in what must have been fairly dark conditions?

Galexi Cupcakes said...

Very impressive..lurve it!!

SprinkleBakes said...

Thank you!

Jane, I used disposable mini brioche pans from the King Arthur Flour store. They are cute but were a bit of a pain when it came to removing the cupcakes.

Brooke, Thank you! I must admit that I am a little dissatisfied with the graininess that some of the photos have. I used a 50mm 1.8 lens which is great to have in low light situations. It's pretty cheap too as far as camera lenses go.

SHUGARMAN FAMILY said...

What a cute idea! I think my beloved would enjoy flaming strawberries!

Renee said...

OMG, those look so awesome!! Even without the flame!! I'm totally going to try these!! Thanks for sharing!

linda said...

you always amaze me!
totally creative & impressive…& great for a small dinner party!!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

flaming strawberries are GENIUS! these are so beautiful...and i love that they're very valentine's day-esque, but with a twist :)

Paula said...

So romantic. Great dessert for Valentine's Day.

Jennifer said...

What a great idea. Love the flaming strawberries. I needed something for dinner this weekend and i think I've just found it.

www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com said...

I'm in love.. I think I just found the perfect cupcake for my husbands upcoming birthday!

Jennifurla said...

Yet something else I will copy you on, what a perfect idea for valentines...I will be stealing this!

Zo @ Two Spoons said...

Freakin. Fantastic. LOVE flames + food...every time I order crepes suzette I get way too excited. These look stunning too.

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

These are the coolest cupcakes I've ever seen!!

Truly amazing!

Marie @ Myculinarycalling said...

Cool!

Christina of Form V Artisan said...

CLEVER. I like fire...and cake.

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

This is genius! I can indulge my love of chocolate and pyromania all at once!

April Carter said...

Really love these cases!

cookingwithpots said...

Whoa! These are amazing, I definitely am going to try this sometime.

Urvashee said...

These look so cool! Great presentation for a dinner party. Thanks for the details about alcohol proofs! Very helpful!

Lilianna Grace said...

Beautiful photos! Magazine quality photos and I'm sure award winning taste.

lil @ sweetsbysillianah said...

um wow... i'm speechless! my husband would get a kick out of these...

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Angela from Australia and I just had to tell you that I absolutely love your blog. Beautiful recipes, photos...everything is amazing...and this post is simply THE BEST I have seen on any blog.
Thanks for sharing your talent with the world.

Regards from the Land-Downunder

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

those are incredible! so fancy looking!

Tiffany said...

Such a great idea and so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

Steph said...

What a clever idea! Plus, they look fabulous!!

karmaperdiem said...

O.M.G. I'm so so looking for beautiful strawberries now! Heather, you've outdone yourself--again!

Jenny said...

HOLY CRAP exciting!

Lili said...

Oh Heather, I love that you did all the research on this for getting it to work perfectly. Love that blue flame. I'm going to try it with my home made raspberry liqueur! Your images are fabulous, I'm thinking you had to work very quickly to capture them!! ~Lili

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

What a creative, show-stopping dessert. Thanks for sharing it!

anna said...

Haha yes! This is ridiculously brilliant! More desserts should probably be on fire, when you think about it.

SillySally said...

Do the strawberries burn after the alcohol has burned off or change consistency? What camera do you use to shoot your photos, they are amazing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oooohhhh, those are so pretty! A terrific idea as long as you don't set the table on fire... ;-P

Cheers,

Rosa

Michelle said...

oh this is simply a super idea. genius! :)

Medifast Coupon said...

Elegant, simply elegant. This certainly is the way to impress someone on Valentine's Day . The brlliance of this is surely to good to go unnoticed.

Smita Srivastava said...

Wow what a wonderful idea !!! Love it !!

Chele said...

So classy! I love it ;0)

di_ani said...

Creative, original and beautiful -
wonderful pictures!
My admiration, Diana

Chic Cookies said...

Wooooow! These are so amazing amazing amazing. (I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). Amazing!!

Susan said...

Different and such a grand finale!

LynnieBee said...

LOVE THESE!!!

TurboLotte said...

Oh I just LOVE this!!! Subscribing to feed asap. Greetings from snowy Norway!

cookies and cups said...

Such a fun idea!! I love it and can only imagine the amazement of my children if i were to prepare something this fancy...with fire ;)

Shaina said...

Heather, every time I come here I fall in love with your creativity all over again. Absolutely adore these.

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

These are the single most impressive cupcakes I have ever seen! Just beautiful!

ButterYum said...

Very impressive indeed. I love the idea of flaming strawberries. Very nice.

NanaBobana said...

Wow, these are great - may just have to try them for our TEFAL (Tuesday Evening Fine Arts League)in Ferbruary. What fun!

kitchenmisfit said...

This looks so fun!

andreagroves said...

That is the coolest thing EVER! A flaming strawberry! Who'da'thunk?

Sue said...

That creative brain of yours is in overdrive! You come up with some of the most amazing desserts, Heather! :) I am planning on making your Chocolate Soup for Valentine's day:)

Tina Liel said...

What an amazing blog you have wow. INSPIRING... HUGS

Sanna said...

Woww :) those cupcakes look soooo good! I'm going to make them soon.

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AMCruz said...

Helped me a lot.
Thanks :D

MandyM said...

What a cute idea! Would also work nicely as the candles on a birthday cake :)

amyhin said...

This looks SO cool!!

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) said...

Your photos are stunning!! Absolutely unbelievable. Wishing you much success with your career in 2011! You sure deserve it girl.. :)

Darla @ Bakingdom said...

These are stunning and so exciting!! What a unique and irresistible twist on chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day! Brilliant!

marla said...

OK, I can see why this recipe has over 21 thousand stumbles!! amazing Heather - what will you think up next?? btw, who in their right mind would eat a flaming strawberry??? Guess you never know ;) so

fashionfitnessfoodie said...

So creative!! Your photos look amazing and I dont think i could even bake something that could come close to looking like that

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

How amazing is this?? Awesome job! :)

Heather Ozee said...

I'm pretty certain that hubby would worry a little too much if I attempted any flaming baked goods. What with me catching the stove on fire with out messing with an open flame ;)
They're beautiful. Great work cous!

Evan Thomas said...

Wow! These are stunning. What perfect presentation.

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

These are ridiculously awesome looking! Of course, they also speak to my pyro side. :)

Megan said...

These will be made for sure!

Meaghan Luby said...

these, like everything else on your blog, are SO beautiful! thank you so much for sharing :)
-meg
@http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com
@http://myscribblednotebook.blogspot.com

Abigail said...

Beatifull and so original!!
We link it in our blog!
http://casadaartedocesesouvenir.blogspot.com/

We Are Not Martha said...

OMG what an awesome idea is this?!?! I can't believe more restaurants don't do this. I definitely have to try it soon... though I have a bit nervous I'll light my entire apartment on fire :) Beautiful!

Sues

Anonymous said...

...Chocolate... **

Angela said...

OMG - these are just too awesome!! Your comment "Do not attempt to eat a flaming strawberry" made me laugh. :-) Chocolate AND fire - does it get any better than that? Can't wait to try these!

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shapewear@yahoo.com said...

The flamming strawberry did the final touch. Thanks for this great share.

Amy at TheSceneFromMe said...

WOW! Incredible, these are so freakin fantastic!

Manuela said...

Fantastic job!!!
Manu

http://chezmanu-italianhomecooking.blogspot.com

Culinarian said...

These are sexy! I didn't think that cupcakes could be sexy, but you proved me wrong. Creativity gets a big TEN, in this case.

teresa said...

this is such a fun and romantic dessert!

Tracy said...

Chocolate, strawberries, booze and fire.........YUM!

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Leslie said...

These are just awesome! what a great idea!!!

Nadia said...

These are awesome! SUCH an innovative idea! I hope you dont mind, Im going to link to this post from my cupcake blog - OnlyCupcakes.net!

Best,
Nadia

Marian {Sweetopia} said...

These are SIMPLY SPECTACULAR!!
I love love loooove them!!
Thank you so much for such an incredible idea.
Can't wait to try them out!

Ingrid said...

HOly moly! Those are so COOOOOL! I can't wait to see your cookbook.
~ingrid

Joanne @ FifteenSpatulas.com said...

This is incredible. What kind of camera/lens/setting did you use to capture the images with the flames?

Crissa said...

AWESOME IDEA! Definitely doing this soon.

ProChef360 said...

Awesome.

What a wonderful idea re flaming strawberries.

Thanks for sharing.

Matthew

Stef said...

Brilliant! Love love this idea!

Anonymous said...

They look incredible!

yael yaniv said...

amazing. you did an awesome job and made me do it also

you can see my attempt here:http://nushi1.blogspot.com/2011/01/flamable-cupcake.html

so thanks and hope you keep on inspiring (-:

Anonymous said...

COOLL!

Matthew Goudge said...

A Flaming Strawberry that is absolutely genius!

Balkan Recipes said...

They looks very delicious...I should try them at home :)

Amanda said...

omg that looks super delicious!

DessertForTwo said...

These are adorable and perfect for an impressive Valentine's Day dinner! Thanks for sharing :)

denice said...

Everyone is going off on how increddble these look how do they taste

AlcoholYums said...

I couldn't get these to light without using 100 proof alcohol. Looks great, but the taste of Bacardi 151 doesn't go so well with the chocolate cake.

savoringtoday.com said...

So cool! Love your imagination :)

Pure Complex said...

This is such a wonderful chocolate cupcake recipe. I just found this blog, but I will definitely be visiting again.

Mglòria said...

Flipante!!
Nunca antes había visto una cosa igual!!!
Mglòria de Gourmenderies

Anonymous said...

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool!

Anonymous said...

Yes, please!

Anonymous said...

@AlcoholYums did you try lighting it in low light? The small blue flame doesn't show up well in a lighted room.

Mom said...

Wow! I just stumbled upon these yummy looking little cupcakes. What a great idea and I love the blue flame! They would be great for Valentine's Day coming up or even date night with the hubby :-)

Cati said...

Love the idea :) The frosting is a little too sweet for my taste but my co-workers loved it!

marly said...

These look amazing. If I thought I wouldn't burn the house down, I'd give these a try!

Pera Chapita said...

Absolutely LOVED them!!!! Will share with my Spanish readers, all credits and links back to you of course :)

The Sweet Escape said...

So I just tried to light the vodka in a strawberry....and nothing happend. I think I went through like 2 dozen matches. I tried to light it not in the strawberry. Am i missing something? Do i need to try a higher proof?

Amanda said...

Wow those are totally impressive, and what awesome photos!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Now that is pretty darn cool!

Kristina said...

That is super cool! I want to make this too!

Becky at VintageMixer said...

craziness!! I've never seen anything like this. You are super inventive!

Anonymous said...

I tried lighting with Vodka 80 proof and no flame... Any suggestions on how I can get them to light up??

Jessi @ Quirky Cookery said...

I really like the blue flame instead of a possible yellow one. It's much more quaint, in my opinion.

SprinkleBakes said...

Thanks everyone :)

Hi Anonymous!

Seems a few people are having trouble getting the strawberries to light. Here are a few more tips:

Fill the strawberry with alcohol almost to the top. If there's too little alcohol inside, the moisture from the strawberry will extinguish the flame.

You may also pat the inside of the strawberry with a paper towel to make sure it is dry.

Try using a grill lighter. It's easier to hold the flame onto the liquor.

The flame can be seen best in low-light situations. If in a bright setting, you may not see the effect.

I used 80 proof vodka, as well as Jack Janiel's TN Whiskey 80 proof. Both presented a blue flame.

Get a fresh bottle of liquor. Those mini liquor bottles sold at liquor store are perfect and inexpensive. Plus, you'll know you have a fresh product.

Hope this helps! Happy V-day!!

Heather said...

I absolutely love this idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

I looked at a couple of your recipes and...they sound good and look so beautiful! I love your style and attention to detail! Just had to tell you.

Anonymous said...

Made these this weekend came out great, except had a little trouble with the frosting.... nothing a little cream cheese didnt fix. I used 100 proof expresso vodka, still burned with a blue flame. I dried out the strawberries with a paper towel and we had to dim the lights to see the flame, but all and all very beautiful and tasty! love your recipes!

SprinkleBakes said...

Thanks so much for the feedback!

Kirsten said...

80 proof didn't work for me either. I guess if I make these again I will use a higher proof

Emily said...

These cupcakes are so good! Made them for my work friends for Valentine's day today. I also had trouble with the frosting, but followed Anonymous' advise and added a little cream cheese, and that worked great!

I also decorated some with strawberries cut out into hearts--using liquor and lighting them just wasn't practical at work. These were so good, thanks for sharing this recipe!

Anonymous said...

Amazing idea ! Except i tried these for valentines day and i used a 80 proof vodka and couldnt get it to light or stay lit. I suggest a 100 proof atleast !

sophistimom said...

Absolutely love this. Cute and dramatic.

Courtney Talbot said...

I tried these for Valentine's Day with 80proof ABSOLUT vodka and they would not light :(

Anonymous said...

Made these for a 21st birthday party. 80 proof will NOT light! Do not use 80 proof liquor, it is just way too difficult to get it to light. I tried using Grand Marnier (80 proof) and Jameson Whiskey (80 proof) using a grill lighter and matches and had the strawberry filled to the top and they would NOT light at all even holding a flame to it. I highly, highly recommend using something 100 proof or above. Very cool cupcake but it was a huge disappointment it wouldn't light.

Swee San said...

what do u mean by 80 proof?

Lucy @ Lucyeats said...

What a wonderful idea, they look stunning!

In a nut shell... said...

ummm WOW! What awesome presentation! For someone who doesn't drink, is there something else that could be used in the strawberries other than alcohol?

The Texas Peach said...

Chocolate & strawberries- a match made in heaven! Would make a great dessert when you are having company. Great wow factor that is sure to impress!

Nags said...

that's a gorgeous idea! love it!

snippets of thyme said...

I know you have a zillion comments above but I just HAVE to comment too. These are amazing. Your photography and creative presentation skills are such a bonus to anything you are making. For my daughter's 17th bday this weekend, we are going to try macaroons and then THESE!!

Beverly said...

I will make these for our 23rd wedding anniversary on March 6!

Jaydeen said...

80 proof liquor didn't work but Bacardi 151 offered the perfect little blue flame! Love this recipe!!!

Mimi said...

Wow, these are incredible!

I do appreciate the warning, "DON'T EAT FLAMING STRAWBERRIES."

Natalie said...

I'm making these tomorrow for my boyfriend's birthday. I'm so excited. :D I hope they turn out okay!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Natalie!

I'd suggest doing a trial run a strawberry and liquor before you present it to your boyfriend. Some people have had trouble getting the 80 proof to ignite. I was quite surprised because mine lit so easily.

Shaina has some extra tips here if you'd like to read them.

http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/02/22/national-margarita-day-2011-light-it-up-with-flaming-strawberries/

Best of luck! (& happy b-day to your bf)

Brandon said...

They were great. I made them tonight and they were very good. I didn't get 20 but I made them large with big rounded tops. But still great, the buttercream like frosting fit perfect.

Lou said...

They are so cool, lovely photos :)

Anonymous said...

1. frosting recipe is a disaster - i added 2 tablespoons and then suddenly it came together and was delicious

2. Jameson did not light :(

Erin A. said...

Oh wow and I was happy with my Pink Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream that I posted today as my blog post.

And then I see this. WOW

slim dream said...

yum! these looks so delicious.

Anonymous said...

yummieee..!! Cakes with delightful flavours...

Sippin Syrup said...

Love how creative these cupcakes look!

tigercoco said...

These are amazing! Definitely would be the highlight of any party!

Michelle McGuckin said...

Those torchlight cupcakes look fabulous!!!! What an amazing idea for a party.

LeelaBijou said...

Wow, awesome!

Lauren said...

Mmm how impressive! I'll take my cupcake making skills to the next level with these!

thoughtsonbubblesandstuff said...

So cool!

Anonymous said...

Wow thats amazing!

Jason said...

Flaming strawberries LOL. Whats next.
http://www.blairlockout.com

Anonymous said...

I made these on Valentine's day for my boyfriend and I and they were *amazing*! The leftover cupcakes were scooped up by friends and family in less than 24 hours! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

my friend made these for someone's birthday & i'm planning to make them for another friend's birthday. however, she said she tried it with 80 proof vodka and it didn't work. she ended up using bacardi 151. do u mind telling me what u used?? thanks ahead of time!

Anonymous said...

I added in soft cream cheese because the frosting was too thick to pipe.

Also, I used 80 proof (40% vodka) and it didn't light... like the previous person said, bacardi 151 probably would have worked.

The chocolate cupcakes themselves were delicious though!

aricooks said...

SOooo awesome! I love this idea because it has a major wow-factor, but is also completely accessible. Brilliant!

Clara said...

Absolutely LOVE this!!! Dramatically romantic.
I was just recommended to view your site and I have not been able to get past these cupcakes. I'm hoping to make these for a special dinner coming up soon.

I would also like to link or copy the post/article onto my website because I love this so much! If okay, let me know.
LOVE IT!!!

cynthiavanessa said...

What kind of liners or little pans did you use, They look amazing!

Cooking Rookie said...

Genious!

fiOrdivanilla said...

it's fantastic!

Real Lady said...

This is so nice. I'll try this next week on my birthday.

Salad Shooter said...

Been looking for a romantic thing to fix for desert for my fiance. And I think I have found just the thing! Beautiful thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What can we use instead of liquor?

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!

jalalHB said...

Very impressive - I will surely try these someday

Miss `Chievous said...

They are so cute! Maybe I won't be able to eat them when they're laid in front of the table for me.

Anonymous said...

cant wait 2 make them!!!

Nikhil said...

nice imagination:)
gud work

Anonymous said...

I just made these for my birthday and it was delicious! I put two egg whites in the frosting because the recipe is missing it. Definitely use a liquor you like though. Straight rum wasn't that good to me. I should've chose something else

Blaq Mind said...

Love it, love it; gonna get on top of these tonite.

hat meth said...

Very impressive - I will surely try these someday

Anonymous said...

OMG soooooooo cute! Love your blog by the way. I actually am starting a small cupcake business, and this idea is so creative and incredible! Would you mind me using this in my store? Sooo awesome! :-) you rock!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I love this recipe, but the thing is, do you know if there is anything I can use instead of alcohol to light up the strawberries?? PLEASE answer... ):

Anonymous said...

Hot, hot hot!

Anonymous said...

omg, so delicious!! i had homegrown strawberries on top, a family secret icing, and not to mention... whisky baked into the cupcakes!

Katie Navarette said...

Do you think this could be done with large raspberries instead? I like the strawberries, visually, but I tend to do dark chocolate cupcakes, and I find that strawberries have a more mellow flavor that don't compete as well with dark chocolate as raspberry. I would probably have to really anchor the raspberries into the frosting....
Did you try any other fruits in this whole scenario?
Despite your warning, I imagine drunk ladies at "grown-up" tea-parties (any instance where alcohol is involved, really) would definitely be attempting to drink them aflame. Even my brain is all, "hrm...how to do this /safely/....maybe friends blow it out seconds before the flames cascade over my eyebrows?...."

puppyshover said...

I'm making a Guinness chocolate cake for a roommate's bday, and I'm going to use the strawberries on top instead of candles. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

I am making these for my daughter's birthdays - one is tomorrow and one is Wednesday! What a great idea to use instead of candles.

Anonymous said...

Coming a little late to the game, but I'm combining flaming strawberries some whipped cream frosting for the Red White and Blue effect on Independence Day - because nothing says America like alcohol and flames. These two things are best combined in dessert form.

Chicken Recipes said...

These are so original. I love the Wow! factor they elicit when presented to family and friends.
Thanks

Эдуард said...

Просто обалденная клубника.Это совершенно новое блюдо в моем достаточно не бедном меню.
Спасибо большое.

Raven said...

Wow! These are amazing. www.cookbookconfessional.com

Anonymous said...

Perusing the list of oohs and ahhs and too cool, I didn't see anyone ask if a toothpick would secure the strawberry to the cupcake better than just plain frosting? I know it is a hole but not one that would cause a leak. I am looking at the POSSIBILITY of one rolling off and then the guests are in for one hot table cloth...hee hee hee....Just wondering..
Beautifully presented and very informative..
OHHHH AAAAHHHH TOOO COOOL! (there I said it!)
cheers
dave m

nik said...

This recipe is just pure awesomeness!!
To be honest, I didn't manage to light more than 3 strawberries at a time, but if you get them to burn, they stay on fire for quite some time.
I used 80-proof / 40%vol Vodka (directly imported from Russia!) which I heated up to 60 Celsius.
If you put it in a vacuum bottle, it'll stay hot till the sunset. I used a syringe from the pharmacy to fill the strawberries as quickly as possible.

Thanks for sharing this ingenious idea!!

btw: avoid spilling a bowl of burning vodka over your Tshirt! I'm officially known as the "burning man who survived" now.

nik said...

and: everybody telling "80 proof won't burn": we had a bottle of chilled absolut vodka this evening and I managed to ignite a whole glass of it after holding a lighter next to it for ~20sec.

SprinkleBakes said...

Nik, you are awesome. Thanks for the feedback and so glad you survived!

nik said...

thanks!
next time I'll make sure to wear a hazmat suit when lighting stuff ;)

bjy rift platinum said...

WoW! this is so impressive. .love your idea..=0

Anonymous said...

Amazing Things

Marilyn Monroe spectators have taken photo around the Seward Johnson’s. a tallest sculpture of her and most famous pose in Chicago.

Anonymous said...

Marilyn Monroe spectators have taken photo around the Seward Johnson’s. a tallest sculpture of her and most famous pose in Chicago.

Anonymous said...

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Laurie @simplyscratch said...

You rock! This is amazing!!

sonia ofelia said...

SPECTACULARRRRRRRRRR!!!

Kat said...

LOVE IT!! I'm doing this for my bf's birthday on Tuesday! He loves fire, and dark chocolate, so I'm switching out the regular unsweetened with dark chocolate just to see what it tastes like, and so far, the test batch is AWESOME! Try it! :)

Kat said...

Also, one anon said the frosting was a disaster... I was skeptical at first as well, but after continuing mixing, it made a nice doughish texture that molded well into frosting for the piping bag :)

plumbing said...

It takes just 15 to 20 mins. to bake, so kids will not need to wait too long, nor you for that matter!

Sarah said...

Loved this idea so much I actually did it. So awesome!!! I was warned not to light things on fire with 151..but I did anyway! Muahahaha..ha.

Check out my blog: http://stuffsarahmakes.wordpress.com/

Godbey & Gant: Blog said...

Wow! This is so darling!!! Now to make the shopping list...

Anonymous said...

Delightful - thanks for sharing.
"do not attempt to eat the flaming strawberry"

laughing off my chair ;)

- ya know, I've met a few teens that would have tried...

Tom said...

nice presentation

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