Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Cupcakes

I love it when a movie series comes out that blows my mind and opens me up to the world of reading.

I'm not much of a reader but I do love movies made from books.

I still remember seeing the Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring for the first time at the movies and just knew it was something special. I went out and bought a copy of the trilogy and read the whole thing...I also saw the movie 13  times at the movies...did I mention I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan?

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Then there was Harry Potter and Twilight, not that I would usually group those two together, but both had me reading like crazy.

When I went to see the Hunger Games at the movies I had no idea what I was in for. When I came out of the cinema I distinctly remember having that same buzzing feeling like I had found some special.

Of course I went out and bought the Hunger Games trilogy and read them at lightening speed. I actually missed my bus stop once due to reading so intensely!

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Tomorrow I'm so excited to be taking my niece with me to see the next instalment of the series, Catching Fire at the movies.

I'll be taking my Mockingjay pin (yes I own one) and probably posing for photos with Katniss cut outs at the movies. I'm that girl, the crazy one.

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In true Lydia Bakes tradition, I decided to make cupcakes to show my excitement in celebration for the movie.

These cupcakes are Cinna-mon flavoured (get it? It was a toss up between that or chocolate-chilli girl on fire cupcakes). I found the recipe over at Sallys Baking Addiction and instantly fell in love.

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The cupcakes are light and moist and the best part is they are loaded with cinnamon and sugar, as in the best flavour combination in the world. You scoop a little bit of mixture into your cupcake case, sprinkle on the cinnamon-sugar mix, scoop on a bit more mixture then top with more cinnamon-sugar. It's genius!

Although the cupcakes aren't exactly ideal for fondant decorating, I was not one to argue with something that tasted like a cupcake married a cinnamon bun and had delicious babies. In the end it was just an added bonus that I made them based on one of my favourite characters, Cinna!

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The cupcake decorating part was fun, although ridiculously rushed. I actually made these as an extra while making a cake for my friends 30th. I figured while I had the fondant out I might as well get more use out of it!

I was extremely happy about how the Mockingjay cupcake turned out. I also loved my President Snow cupcake, I think the drops of "blood" give that something extra.

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The other cupcakes didn't turn out quite how I hoped but that is what happens when you don't allow enough time. Lesson learned!

Enjoy the cupcakes and may the odds be ever in your favour...

Cinnamon Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

115g Butter, melted
1 C Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 C Greek Yoghurt
3/4 cup Milk
1 T Vanilla Extract
1 2/3 C Flour
1/2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt

1/2 C Sugar
2 t Cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • In a large bowl, melt butter in microwave.
  • Add 1 cup of the sugar and whisk together until combined.
  • Add egg, yoghurt, milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until well combined.
  • Mix the half cup of sugar together with cinnamon in a cup and set aside.
  • Spoon 1-2 tablespoon of mixture into cases, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mixture on top of each cupcake.
  • Top each case with more mixture so they are approx. 3/4 full and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top again.
  • Bake cupcakes for approx. 20 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Cinnamon Buttercream
220g Butter, room temperature
3 C Icing Sugar
2-3 C Milk
1 t Vanilla Extract
2 t Cinnamon
  • Beat the butter until light in colour.
  • Sift icing sugar into a large bowl then add to butter one cup at a time.
  • Add vanilla extract and cinnamon and beat until combined.
  • When icing gets too dry add a tablespoon of milk.
  • Continue to mix until you reach the desired taste and consistency you like.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Cupcakes
The Hunger Games Catching Fire Cupcakes


  1. OMG. This is amazing! I bet it tastes the same too! I love hunger games! :)


  2. Such cute cupcakes! Love the designs you came up with Lydia :)

  3. Hi Lydia, these look great, what did you use for your lettering on the cupcake. Please share...

    1. Thanks Barbara! The set I used is like this: http://dx.com/p/biscuit-cake-fondant-decorating-letter-impress-diy-mould-mold-tools-set-115101

  4. Dear Lydia, the cupcakes are absolutely STUNNING. Like you I saw the movie first and read the books afterwards, falling for the story within a second....i loved those books SO MUCH!! :) Cinna is one of my favourite characters too, by the way....next to Peeta. I might even have a liiiitle crush on the baker's son haha ;)
    I decided to bake "Peeta's Apple and Goat's Cheese Tartes" for the movie premiere, my blog is written in German but if you want to take a little look, here come the link....http://juliabake.blogspot.co.at/2013/11/ever-in-your-favor-oder-peetas-apfel.html
    I'm a huge fan of your blog!!
    All the best from far far far away AUSTRIA! :)