I have been meaning to make these Cupcakes for about 2 weeks, and I finally got around to it. I can't take credit for the recipe, head on over to AmyBites and check her out! Her blog is pretty awesome, and don't even get me started on her recipes. After making these, I am now a new follower of her blog! I'll say it again, go to amybites.com!
That being said, I did do just a few things differently, just because I am not the expert that I am sure Amy is. So I'll let you know what I changed. But let me tell you, if there is anything that resembles butter beer at all, this is it. If they sold these at Harry Potter World, they would make a fortune. If you are a fan of the books, you will love these!
If you want the whole detailed recipe, visit amybites.com. I'm going to provide you with the short list and what I changed.
First, you're going to make the cupcakes themselves. Add all your ingredients, (I found baby cans of cream soda at Meijer, so that I didn't have to buy a whole 2 liter for just 1/2 a cup). Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Make the ganache before the icing, because you need some of the ganache for the icing. I was really intimidated by this step before I did it, because it called for a double boiler. And double boilers + me do not mix. So I actually just dumped the whole bag of butterscotch chips in a bowl and microwaved them and then added the cream. It worked like a charm! I was afraid if I made the ganache too early it would harden, but it didn't. So you can definitely make this while the cupcakes are baking and cooling.
Next, you can go ahead and make your icing. The amount of powdered sugar and cream you use is a bit subjective, depending on how think you want it. Mine was the perfect spreading consistency, and I used 4 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of cream.
Putting in the ganache in the cupcakes presented a problem. Amy used a squirt bottle for hers, but I didn't have that. What I did have though, being a nurse, was a 3ml syringe. So that's what I used. And I ended up putting 2 whole squirts into each cupcake. I was scared to put more in case it would leak out, but it didn't. So you can definitely fill these puppies up!
And then ice away! I saved some ganache to put on top. I actually had a ton of icing and ganache left over, so don't be afraid to put a bunch on if icing is your thing!
PS - Don't forget your helper if you have one :)
Have any of you ever tried a book or movie themed recipe? How did it turn out?