I have been a big fan of Harry Potter for a long time.
It seems that my generation were the ones that read the books as each one came out and grew up with each one. As the books got bigger so did we!
There is something so magical about the Harry Potter series, it was such a big part of everyone's lives I often wonder if there will be anything like it ever again! (I doubt it)
If you look online there is no shortage of the memorabilia you can collect, DVD sets you can buy, clothing you can wear. You can even visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida (there's another two opening soon too!)
Way back in November 2010 I made some cupcakes to take along to the movies to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. I really enjoyed making these cupcakes at the time, but looking back I can see my decorating skills (and photography) could be improved somewhat.
So when I was asked if I could make Harry Potter cupcakes for a friend's sons 11th birthday I jumped at the chance! At last I had my chance to remake the Harry Potter cupcakes!
I decided I wanted to make things detailed but simplified and really wanted these cupcakes to be for a Harry Potter fan to enjoy, much like I, a Harry Potter fan, enjoyed making them.
In the end I made 12 cupcakes, 6 with purple bases and 6 with yellow. The yellow ones included Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, the Sorting Hat, the book of spells with a wand, Pumpkin Juice, Butterbeer and a Chocolate Frog, the Deathly Hallows symbol and Platform 9 and 3/4.
The purple ones included the golden snitch, a bubbling cauldron, a broomstick (it's the Nimbus 2000), the Marauders Map, the Harry Potter logo and lastly to finish with the Hogwarts crest.
A friend of mine recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and got to taste REAL Butterbeer. She also happens to be an amazing baking blogger so she shared recipes for Butterbeer and Butterbeer Cupcakes.
When I was asked to make these cupcakes I knew immediately that I would have to make them Butterbeer flavoured. It would just make them that little bit more special!
Although I've never tried Butterbeer myself I imagine it to be a mixture of buttery goodness, butterscotch and soda-ry. If the cupcakes are anything to go on it tastes amazing!
Adapted from High Tea With Dragons
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Baking Soda
120g Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1 1/2 t Vanilla Essence
1/2 Buttermilk (1/2 C milk mixed with 1/2 T white vinegar)
1/2 C Creaming Soda
1/2 C Brown Sugar
2 T Cream
3 1/2 C Icing Sugar
2-3 T Creaming Soda
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line two muffin tins with cupcake cases.
Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda together and set aside.
Beat butter until light, add the white and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition.
Add vanilla and mix until combined.
Add the dry ingredients, buttermilk and creaming soda in three additions, starting and finishing with the dry ingredients.
Spoon mixture into cupcake cases and bake for 15 minutes or until skewer inserted come out clean.
Leave to cool for five minutes in the tins before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Place the butter in a small pot and heat gently until the butter in melted.
Add the brown sugar and mix together until sugar has dissolved.
Add the cream and stir until mixture comes together, about two minutes.
Take off the heat and let cool completely.
When icing is cooled, place in a large bowl and add the icing sugar.
Beat with the whisk attachment until icing comes together, when icing becomes to dry add a tablespoon of creaming soda. If icing is too soft add icing sugar.
Continue to beat until icing reaches a smooth consistency for piping.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip half way with icing and pipe large swirls on each cupcake.
I think these cupcakes are probably my favourite I've made so far. I don't know if I can pick a favourite out of them though! Maybe the Pumpkin Juice, Butterbeer, chocolate frog one? Or the crest?
They were so much fun to make, also because I decided to watch the Harry Potter movies while making them. I got up to the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Which is not to say that I spent 17 hours and 48 minutes making the cupcakes, but they roughly took me a few days to make and I spent the rest of the time sitting watching the movies with my feet up!
I hope you enjoy my Harry Potter cupcakes as much as I did making them!