Hey everybody! We hope you had a great weekend and are having an amazing start to your week! This week, we’ve put up a recipe for butter beer cupcakes. You know butterbeer? The drink Harry, Ron, and Hermione always get when they go to The Three Broomsticks? Well, we’re here to tell you that butterbeer is probably the best drink we’ve ever had. When we went to Harry Potter World in Universal Orlando, it’s pretty much what we lived on. Well, that and candy from Honeydukes.
For these pictures, we pulled out most of our Harry Potter books (yes, we said most, not all!) and some of our other Harry Potter things: our Fred & George wands (obviously we had to buy their wands because they’re twins and so are we!), Hufflepuff scarf, and blue cupcake liners for Ravenclaw. We have more, but we didn’t think that it would all fit into the photos and still get the cupcakes in.
Now, at this point if you’re thinking “they’re crazy!” Well, we’re here to tell you yup, that’s about right! Harry Potter is the first books that we remember falling in love with and we haven’t stopped reading since. But, for real, we haven’t really stopped, somebody send help! 😉 Hermione was basically us growing up: always with a nose in a book and always getting top marks. She’s basically who we wanted to be when we grow up. Who are we kidding, we still want to be Hermione when we grow up. Some of our favorite characters (and we say some, they’re all our favorite!) were Fred and George. Obviously because they’re twins and we’re twins. But also because they were so much fun. They even started their own business together (which is what we want to do!). Come to think about it, that’s probably where we got the crazy idea that we wanted to open our own bakery.
We’re bringing you this recipe today so that you can be whisked away to the world of Harry Potter whenever you want, even if you can’t make it to Orlando! What inspired these cupcakes is not only our love for Harry Potter, but this coming weekend is also the Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando. And we’re awfully depressed that we’re going to be missing it again this year! If you’re going we’re so very jealous of you and if you’re not going, then we hope you can have a Harry Potter Party and that you’ll make these!
They’re absolutely delicious! The cupcakes taste just enough like butterscotch to give you the butterbeer taste AND they’re super moist! Then the frosting tastes like butter and butterscotch and perfectly compliments the cupcake. They’re a match made in heaven! You must make these if you’re a Harry Potter fan, like us. You won’t regret it! And you’ll probably find yourself booking a flight to Orlando so you can be at Hogwarts and shop at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. That’s what we wanted to do anyway!
Now that we’ve rambled on about Harry Potter, we’ll give you what you actually clicked on this post for (because we’re sure it wasn’t to listen to us gabber at you) and leave you with this recipe and some words from Ginny Weasly:
“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
For the cupcakes:
12 Tbsp butter, room temp.
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter flavor
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour, all-purpose
2 (3.4 oz) pkgs of butterscotch pudding mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup cream soda
For the Frosting:
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 tsp butter flavor
1/2 cup butterscotch syrup
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
- For the Cupcakes: cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, butter flavor, eggs, and egg yolks.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: salt, baking powder, flour, and butterscotch pudding mix.
- Stir in the flour mixture, buttermilk, and cream soda, alternatively: stir in 1/3 of the flour, the buttermilk, another 1/3 of the flour, then the cream soda, and then the last 1/3 of the flour mixture.
- Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched on the top. Let cool completely before frosting.
- Make the buttercream frosting: Cream together the butter and butter flavor. Then beat in the butterscotch syrup, followed by adding the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
- Lastly, beat in the milk. You may need more milk if you want a thinner frosting or add a little more powdered sugar if you want a stiffer frosting.
Do you have a story about Harry Potter? Or even just your favorite book? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments, on Instagram (@unchartedbakers) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope you have a great week, safe travels, and may you always have a cookie in your cookie jar!