just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have

if you know where that line comes from, you’ll know where this post is heading… if not. shame on you. it comes from one of the most prolific and awesome book/film series of the decade. one that is centered around 7 years of a young boy who loses both his parents to a psycho mass murderer. getting there yet? if you know me well enough you should have been there a long time ago. it is the only film series that i will stay up past my 10p bedtime to go see the midnight premiere but that has all come to an end…

yes my friends, i’m talking about harry potter.

you see the 8th and final movie comes out on blu-ray and dvd this friday thus closing the proverbial book on the series. so that being said, i had to be a little themed for the occasion. but before i get to that i have to say a little bit about the series in general so please bear with me…

first of all, i would have liked to use my absolute favorite line from the entire series as the title to this post but i figured it would be better buried in the post itself so the minor curse word that is in it didn’t piss anyone off… the line was delivered by molly weasley in the last book near the end in the epic final battle for hogwarts and it goes “not my daughter you bitch!” it is not my favorite line because mrs. weasley calls someone a bitch but rather because it is such a dramatic and almost unexpected line. if you haven’t read the books then let me explain. while mrs. weasley is clearly the authoritive figure in the weasley household, she does it with a mild mannered nature. so to have her say that line in battle was epic, no pun intended. but i figured that didn’t need to be the first thing you see screaming at you for this post. plus i felt that the title for this blog was quite perfect. i mean hermoine does reference a teaspoon and as this blog has to do with cooking and this post with baking, it fit.

secondly and lastly, i just want to say that if you haven’t read the hp series, you should. i know that not everyone in the world has time to read 7 books but they are worth it. just read them.

now on with the recipe.

so in honor of hp and the deathly hollows part 2 coming out on dvd friday i figured i needed to bring something themed to the office. what else could be better than cupcakes? not too much. i found this recipe on a blog that i found from (guess… ) pinterest. the blog is called the pastry affair and it has quite a bit of goodies to choose from so you can expect to see more of her recipes as i go on. she did a miniseries of hp snacks back in july when the movie was coming out to the big screen and these butterbeer cupcakes were the final entry. she declares them as one of her top three cupcakes. and i have to say that i agree that they are up there. the cake itself is a rich and buttery cake. i’m going to steal her description as the cakes being “essentially a brown sugar cupcake infused with cream soda and buttery flavors.” you definitely get the buttery notes in the cupcake, although i felt like i missed the cream soda. i could have eaten a boatload of just the cupcakes. the recipe also calls for a butterscotch ganache and a butterscotch buttercream. the ganache is as simple as a ganache is supposed to be. the buttercream is delish as well and i could have eaten spoonfuls of it. (although i did make it a little sweeter than i would have truly preferred but that’s because i used all of the powdered sugar…) one last note. she says to put the butterscotch ganach in a plastic squeeze bottle and she’s correct. i didn’t have one and didn’t do an extensive search to find one but i should have. i used just a regular pastry bag and tip and it was a mess so my cupcakes did not get a final beautiful drizzle.

butterbeer cupcakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  •  1 tsp butter flavoring
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cream soda
  1. preheat oven to 350F. line cupcake tins with baking cups. (if you really want to get into the spirit of hp you can line them in house colors – just saying)
  2. whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. set aside.
  3. beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. add the eggs one at a time making sure to fully incorporate each addition. beat in the vanilla and butter flavoring.
  4. fold in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, 1/3 of the flour mixture, then cream soda, then remaining flour. (she says that folding the ingredients will prevent overmixing and result in a fluffier cupcake, i think i could have let my mixer continue the work on the “stir” level just until each addition was incorporated.) fill cupcake lines 3/4 full and bake for 15-18 minutes. cool completely before filling and frosting.

butterscotch ganache

  • 11 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butterscotch chips with heavy cream. remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

butterscotch buttercream

  • 6 tbs softened, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch ganache
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp butter flavoring
  • pinch salt
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (taste it after 3)
  • splash heavy cream (as needed)
  1. beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. mix in the butterscotch ganach, vanilla, butter flavoring and salt. beat in the powdered sugar for 2-3 minutes. add the cream a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

to assemble the cupcakes:  put butterscotch ganach in a plastic squeeze bottle and stab the tip into the cupcake. fill each cupcake until it starts to overflow. fill pastry bag with butterscotch buttercream and pipe onto the top of each cake (you can also just spread the buttercream on the cupcake like i did for some of mine). drizzle the butterscotch ganache on top. store in an airtight container at room temperature.

i know that the recipe is a little time consuming but it’s totally worth it. trust me. i even got told that the cupcakes were “the bomb”.

now go make some cupcakes and start reading hp. your life just isn’t complete until you do that.




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