I can’t believe that, as I write this, I’m preparing to see the final Harry Potter movie. By preparing, I mean trying not to totally freak out at all the things I know are going to be different than the book. Because as much as I love the movies, the books are better (but isn’t that always the case?). If we still lived in Orlando, you can bet that Eric and I would be breaking out our Universal passes and watching the movie at the park after spending the day at Wizarding World. Since we can’t do that, though, I wanted to celebrate the last movie the next best way – with food.
You may recall the Frozen Butterbeer I posted last year. These cupcakes are basically that in dessert form. The original recipe called for butter flavor, but I wanted the cupcakes to be as close to my frozen butterbeer as possible and used butterscotch schnapps instead. The flavor is subtle, but that’s because the cupcakes get a huge dose of butterscotch goodness from the filling and frosting. After baking, they’re filled with a luscious butterscotch ganache, topped with butterscotch frosting and drizzled with the remaining butterscotch ganache. The butterscotch ganache isn’t as thick as a typical ganache; it’s more like a glaze, so it’s perfect for filling and drizzling. The buttery cake helps to balance out the sweetness of the filling and frosting, and the flavor is so close to butterbeer that it’s ridiculous. So even if you’re just a muggle that likes butterscotch, you will love these. I found that I had quite a bit of the butterscotch ganache leftover, and I think I could’ve easily gotten away with using half of it. I have reflected that change, as well as the substitution of the schnapps, in the recipe below. Also, I recommend using a vanilla cream soda (like Virgil’s) for the best flavor.
If you’re looking for other Harry Potter related treats to make this week, check out my Sorting Hat Pita Bread (which doesn’t look a lot like the Sorting Hat but is still pretty cool) and Cauldron Cakes.