Wednesday, July 18, 2012

From Book, to Movie, to Dessert!

So, we're Potterheads at our house. We love the books and have seen all the movies. I faced the release of each new one with mixed emotions - excitement over seeing the books come to life and sadness because we were just that much closer to the end. I love all the characters but my favorite, secretly, is Professor Snape...I just knew how that would end! I wasn't even introduced to this fantastic series until a few weeks before the release of the last book. However, once I started reading, I couldn't put them down...literally! I finished all of the first six books in three weeks which meant lots of late nights and little sleep - well worth it! I'm ashamed to say that even though I live in Florida, I have yet to visit the new theme park. I do plan to hopefully get there before the end of this year....we'll see!

I tell you all of that to get to the reason for today's post - Butterbeer Cupcakes! I can't wait to try the Butterbeer at Wizarding World of HP but these were really yummy in the meantime. My baby sister turned 14 last week and her one request was Butterbeer Cupcakes for her party. 

There are four girls in my family, each unique and awesome in our own right (I may be biased) but also, enough alike to never be mistaken as unrelated. McKenna, the baby, is 16 1/2 years younger than me and let's just say that when my mom found out she was pregnant again, I was less than enthused. I was almost 17, enjoying high school, and the last thing I wanted was another baby in the house. Don't worry...this lasted all of a few weeks until we had that first sonogram picture in our hands. Bam! Excitement abounded!! She was born a month premature and was the most adorable little thing we had ever seen! She is one of my favorite kiddos in the whole world (it helps that she's almost my clone in looks and personality). :) I love her to death and am so proud of the young woman that she's becoming. So, when she asked for these cupcakes, I immediately started looking for recipes and came across this one on Google. 

Look at all the Butterscotch goodness! :)
So rich and delicious!

I got the cute birthday liners at Michaels!


Butterbeer Cupcakes

2 cups flour 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
Pinch of salt 
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed 
3 large eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon butter flavoring 
1/2 cup buttermilk 
1/2 cup cream soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your pan with liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and butter flavoring.
Fold in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, 1/3 of the flour mixture, cream soda, and then the remaining flour. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden and spring back when touched. Cool completely before frosting..
Butterscotch Ganache 
11 ounces (1 package) butterscotch chips
1 cup heavy cream
In the microwave, melt in 30 second increments, stirring after each. Cool to room temperature before using.
Butterscotch Buttercream 
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup butterscotch ganache (recipe above)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
Pinch of salt
3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Splash of heavy cream (as needed)
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the butterscotch ganache, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt. Beat in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add the cream a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
Fill each cooled cupcake with ganache, frost with buttercream, and drizzle more ganach over top.
 I'll be honest. The idea of these cupcakes is fabulous. The flavor is delicious. However, this cupcake recipe yields a cake that leaves much to be desired. It's really dry. I'm a pastry chef. A cake connoisseur, if you will - definitely a cake snob, anyway. I know how to make a cupcake. I followed the directions to a T. And still, I had a dry cupcake. Thankfully the ganache filling helped and everyone thought they tasted really good, but I just can't let this go. The idea of a Butterbeer Cupcake is too fantastic to leave it in this state. So, it has begun. My quest, if you will, to make the perfect cupcake to do this idea justice! I'll keep you posted as I experiment. This is important, people!
For now, enjoy trying these out and, McKenna, happy birthday, kiddo!




12 comments:

  1. Oh these looks so good, I will be making these, looks like your sister had a wonderful birthday, and we have some things in common, I to have a sister that is 17 years younger than me, I am 37 and she is 20..

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  2. These look amazing, Heather!! I have been meaning to read the Harry Potter series forever ... definitely on my 'to read' list :)

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  3. My guy loves him some cream soda. I'll be trying this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. What great cupcakes for a Harry Potter party! We haven't read the books here, but I have a feeling the movies will be soon...

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  5. *drools* These look DELICIOUS! I am definitely trying this recipe soon. I've pinned for future reference and I am now a follower of your blog. I'd love for you to link this recipe up to my Marvelous Mondays party. It's still open until tonight but if you want to post when it opens so you can get a top spot, I open it on Sunday evenings!

    Have a great day!

    Julie
    www.jamscorner.com

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  6. Those look so good! I was late to the Harry Potter party too it really is such a good series. I'm just sad it all over now! Happy birthday to your sister.

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  7. Nicely done and I love the candle photo!

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  8. Fabulous idea! I am a self admitted Potter Head myself. We went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in April and it was awesome! I loved the butterbear! It tasted like a combination of butterscotch and root beer and I can just imagine what those cupcakes taste like! Well done, my friend, well done. =)

    Pinning this! (And thanks for linking up!)

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  9. Oh yummy! And, what fun!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  10. These look so good! I stopped on over from seeing you at Crazy Sweet Tuesday! I am a new follower, love your blog! :)

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  11. This looks SO yummy! I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/11/farm-girl-blog-fest-7.html

    And while you're visiting, enter to win a copy of Laura Childs' new mystery Stake & Eggs (the tab to enter the contest is at the top of my homepage)

    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily

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Blessings,
Heather

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