Remember, remember ......

..... the fifth of November

The gunpowder, treason and plot,

I know of no reason

Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.


( Traditional rhyme)


On November 5th 1605 an attempt to blow up the Houses Of Parliament and kill King James I was foiled and one of the plotters, Guy Fawkes, was caught about to set light to 36 barrels (800 kgs) of gunpowder hidden in the Parliament vaults. Fawkes and his fellow conspirators were arrested and suffered a grisly fate.


Somewhat bizarrely this failed attempt is celebrated every November 5th in the UK (and parts of the Commonwealth) with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies .. "Guys" ... are made of material and dressed in old clothes ready to be placed on top of the bonfire to be burnt.

(Prior to "health and safety" and organised displays, children could be seen with them on street corners asking for "a penny for the guy" in order to buy fireworks)


This is my little bonfire, guy and fireworks this year !!!


Buttercream iced, with chocolate "wood" and fondant and mexican paste guy and fireworks.

Made Explore 04.11.07

  • Amanda Leamons 8y

    Brilliant story and history lesson! Now that's a cupcake! Excellent work and so impressive as always!
  • Christine Hamilton 8y

    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments! It's very kind of you all.
    As Guy Fawkes night falls on a monday this year, we have had fireworks going off all over the weekend and I suspect there will be more tonight! I don't mind as I love them (!) but I do feel sorry for the pets in the area knowing how much our old cat used to hate them.
  • Christine Hamilton 8y

    Shara and Elizabeth: Explore??? thank you for your confidence (!) but who knows?, it's such a fickle thing! We'll just have to wait and see where the pin lands!!! lol..... but I do appreciate you thinking it should be there!
  • pinklady6... Home .. 8y

    Seen in flickr girls!

  • Kelly 8y

    I saw this photo at the
    Sweet Daze Blog

    Thank you for the history lesson. This is wonderful, the details are great. Right into my faves!!
  • Louise Burrows 8y

    Oh my goodness that has cheered me up no end seeing that, and reminded me that I should phone my sis, her birthday on Guy Fawkes Night!! Brilliant!!!
  • _Bec_ 8y

    This looks fantastic!!!! Very interesting story too!
  • Christine Hamilton 8y

    Thank you very much ladies!
    Kelly: thank you so much for adding this to your wonderful blog!
    Louise: I hope you sister had a great birthday .... what a day to have it on!!!
  • Louise Burrows 8y

    My sis had most of her celebrations on the weekend, but she likes having her sparkler every year and writing her name with it, and yes shes 30 this year....!
  • mommawants1more 8y

    Soooo fun this little guy! and all the detail, just great!
  • Ambjer Schilling 8y

    That's what the movie "V for Vendetta" was based after.
    GREAT movie.
    GREAT work!
  • Kylie Lambert 8y

    I think I'm going to cry!! As kids we lived for this fun day!! We knew his name & sort of knew the story..& it was called "Fire Cracker Day" in Australia!!
    I remember it with such fondness.....then our Government banned it!! Because of too many dangerous accidents!! I was so annoyed that a whole nation was punished for a few stupid few!! Our kids don't know that fun so that's why i celebrate Halloween much to the annoyance of many Aussies!!
    But Fire Cracker Night remains my fondness & most fun memory as a child!! When I saw your cupcakes I thought..I wonder!! And I was right!! Oh I wish we still had with a new Government (thank god & the friggin world!!!!) maybe I could campaign for it?? Or something similar?? Or as fun??
  • © ↑↓→ suηata ←↓↑ ΨΨΨ 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DELICIOUS TREATS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • monica renata 7y

    yummy....i want this cake
  • Epic Fireworks 6y

    well done. we love it.
  • naum alves 6y

    perfect *-*
  • tastylittlecakes (Karen) 6y

    He is just the cutest! Love all the detail. Amazing!

    Found in a search. (?)
  • Alix Lewer 6y

    I was looking for inspiration for a birthday cake I'm making for November 5th and I saw this! It is just wonderful!! I don't know how how cram so much stunning detail on one little cake!
  • garlandcannon 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Food for Special Days, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • tumpshy 8mo

    Looks like it must've been tasty!
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