Let the games begin! The lighting of the flame is the ceremonial kick-off to the Olympics and dates back to the games of ancient Greece. This year 12,000 people will be a part of the Rio 2016 Torch Relay in over 300 cities in 27 states across Brazil taking over 95 days. Wow! The Olympic flame which will be ignited by the sun in Olympia, Greece, represents peace, unity and friendship and is kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games. The first modern day Olympics to have the Olympic flame was in 1928 but the Olympic Torch Relay didn't begin until 1936. The Relay starts with the Olympic flame being lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and actually using the sun and a curved mirror to start the fire! The Olympic Torch is then passed from runner to runner from the ancient site of Olympia to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city and stays lit until the Games end. The Olympic Torch relay represents a continuation from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympics. Follow the torch as it makes it way to Rio this week! In the meantime, bake some brownies in ice cream cones and decorate with an Olympic "flame" of frosting! And when you gather round to watch this symbolic ceremony be sure to pass the Olympic Torch Brownie Cones!
Olympic Torch Brownie Cones
16 flat bottom wafer ice cream cones, 3-inches high
1 box (18.4 ounces) 13 x 9 Family Size Brownie Mix
2/3 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar
3 Tbs. milk
yellow, orange and red gel food colors
open star decorating tip
yellow, orange and red cake sparkles
orange ribbon, optional decoration
- Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange cones in muffin tins.
- In bowl combine brownie mix, oil, eggs and water according to package directions. Amounts of oil, eggs and water may differ from above based on the brand of brownie mix you use.
- For easy pouring, transfer brownie batter to glass measuring cup and divide batter evenly between cones, about 3 Tbs. batter per cone. Do not overfill or batter will overflow when baking!
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
- With mixer on medium-high beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in yellow gel color to desired color for "flames" and frost tops of brownies with a thin layer of frosting.
- Attach open star decorating tip to pastry bag. Using paint brushes, brush a line of each gel color inside pastry bag and then transfer remaining yellow frosting into pastry bag.
- Pipe "flames" on top of cones, pulling up each time you pipe frosting.
- Sprinkle with yellow, orange and red cake sparkles. Decorate with ribbon, if desired, attaching with a dab of frosting. Remove ribbon before eating!