Thursday, November 18, 2010

Butterbeer Cupcakes

OK, I know this is the second post of cupcakes this week, but I haven't been this excited about a post in a while! I even got up early to write this post and get my pics taken!




For those that don't know, tomorrow is the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (part 1), which means I will be going to the movie at midnight tonight! Since reading the first book, I have been to every midnight premiere whether it be a book release or a movie showing, I just love it and am a little impatient to wait till the next day!


In addition to it being Harry Potter day today, it is also my friends birthday. So inspired by the most popular drink in the book/movies series I decided to make Butterbeer Cupcakes. From what I can find around the interwebs and what people have tasted at the Harry Potter theme park, this is simply a mixture of cream soda and butterscotch. 




So this cupcake recipe is exactly that, a butter and cream soda cupcake, with a butterscotch ganache filling, and topped with a butterscotch buttercream. These cupcakes have quite a different taste than anything else I have made, probably because I never bake with butterscotch, but they are delicious! So without further ado....


Butterbeer Cupcakes


Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter flavoring
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cream soda


Ganache:
11 ounce bag of butterscotch chips
3/4 cup heavy cream


Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup butterscotch ganache
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter flavoring
1/8 tsp salt
16 ounces of powdered sugar


To prepare cupcakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with liners or spray with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl cream butter for one minute or until fluffy. Add in sugars and mix until combined, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Add in eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly after each addition, then mix in vanilla and butter flavoring. Alternate adding in buttermilk, cream soda, and flour mixture until thoroughly combined, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans and bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick entered in center of cupcake comes out clean. Remove and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Let cool completely on cooling rack. 


To prepare butterscotch ganache, in a double broiler or in a bowl over simmering water heat heavy cream. Just before cream begins to simmer add in butterscotch chips and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cupcakes have cooled, insert small amount of ganache filling into each cupcake using a squeeze bottle or using the Wilton #230 tip. Save a little ganache to drizzle over buttercream. 


To prepare buttercream, cream butter for one minute or until fluffy. Mix in butterscotch ganache, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt until well combined. Sift in powdered sugar one cup at a time until completely mixed in, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Beat buttercream on medium-high for 2-3 minutes or until shiny and fluffy. For a thinner frosting, add in a tbsp of milk or cream and mix till combined. After cupcakes have cooled and been injected with ganache, top with buttercream and drizzle with leftover ganache.


Recipe adapted from AmyBites.


For the ganache, the original recipe called for a whole cup, but this gave me a super thin butterscotch sauce (good for ice cream). So another trip to the grocery store (thanks hubbie), I re-made the ganache starting with 1/2 cup of heavy cream and slowly added more cream as needed to get to the correct consistency. For the buttercream, I prefer a stiff icing so I usually skip the additional liquid addition. Overall, like I said, these cupcakes were delicious and I can't wait to share them! 




One thing I would love to find out from all of you, how do you fill your cupcake pans? I feel like I have tried every method and I still end up with a mess all over the pan. I have tried using a pastry bag, a large spoon, a ladle, and this time I tried a 1/4 cup measuring cup and every time I drip batter all over the place. Anyone have a mess proof method?


Happy Baking!

57 comments:

  1. My personal mess-proof method for cupcakes? Go to the bakery ;)!! Says the mostly non-baker...these look so good though. I love caramel, but haven't seen a single HP movie. My nephews say I should check them out...so maybe we'll do a marathon after the holidays!!

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  2. Do you know how happy it makes me to see others getting hyped for HP? I dedicated this entire week to the release on my blog. Obsessed? Maybe. But rightfully so. It's going to be epic.

    Your butterbeer cupcakes look awesome.

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  3. I love these! As a fellow Harry Potter fan I think you deserve a round of applause for taking this love to another level and creating these awesome-looking cupcakes!!

    I generally use an ice cream scoop to fill my muffins and cupcakes and I rarely make a mess, and they are all the same exact size. Some batters are thicker than others, but it seems to work fine with different kinds.

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  4. These sound delicious! I love the Harry Potter theme
    And congrats on being in the Top 9 today!

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  5. Debbie, I LOVE Harry Potter, have fun! And these cupcakes look DELICIOUS! Your friend is lucky and love the butterscotch ganache!

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  6. We are midnight HP fans too.. I feel kinda nerdy doing it... but I am still doing it!
    And I am sharing your cupcakes today on my blog cause they are SUCH a cute idea!! I made Chocolate frogs and butterbeer for my littles!

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  7. I use a pourable measuring cup, if that makes any sense! It's those glass (or plastic) ones with bit of a spout. Not fool proof by my mess has been reduced by about 85-90%

    Great blog btw. Love how you pipe the icing on the cupcakes. One of these days I will figure out how to make it look like a rose on top.

    Cheers,

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  8. These look delish!!! My sister is obsessed with butterscotch so I will definitely have to make these for her. Thanks for sharing! Love your Blog.

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  9. Wow, these sound delicious! I can understand your excitement! Have fun at the movie tonight, I'll be there tomorrow morning :)

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  10. Gorgeous cupcakes, have fun at your premier

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  11. What a great way to celebrate Harry Potter with butterbeer cupcakes! I can't wait to see the movie but I know I'll wait till the crowds die down. You are brave seeing the first show at midnight ;)Have fun!

    When I make cupcakes a large ice cream scoop seems to work perfectly.

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  12. i never got into harry potter but i do love desserts:-) great way to celebrate the day

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  13. Ooooo. I'm jealous you're going tonight! Going to see it Sunday. GREAT recipe - wish I could have these to sneak into the theatre.

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  14. I can't wait to try these! I too love HP.. the books, the movies.. I've been begging my boyfriend to go to the theme park (he love everything about it too) These will definitely tie me over until we get the chance to go :)

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  15. 1, you can NEVER have too many cupcake posts! These look amazing

    2, I CANT wait for the movie, a girlfriend and I are going up to the city on Saturday to watch it on the IMAX!! I am SO excited!!

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  16. These are gorgeous and sound so yummy!
    I use a cookie scoop (medium scoop from Pampered Chef) and use 1 1/2 for each muffin tin. That makes them a little fuller, but I like them bigger.

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  17. I like to pour batter from a large Pyrex measuring cup with a spout. The downside is that this creates another dirty dish...
    What's the butter flavoring like? I've seen it in stores, but never tried it!

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  18. bookmarking! sounds delicious.

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  19. The cupcakes look AWESOME! I'm super excited about HP ... I devoured the books!

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  20. Very nice cupcakes. I love Harry Potter too. Hope that you will have great time at the movies and also enjoying these delicious cupcakes :D

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  21. They look wonderful! We have tickets for the premier, so excited! I may have to make these for an after party =)

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  22. These look so good! I never got into HP but cupcakes are my personal little peace of heaven, I could eat them for every meal : )

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  23. If only I had had this recipe when my kids were little and dressing up like Harry Potter every day. I would have been their hero. As it is, they would probably still get a kick out of it.

    I use a large ice cream scoop to fill muffin tins. Scoop, release, scoop, release...no mess...or not much of a mess if the batter is really runny.

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  24. Another gorgeous cupcake recipe, you're doing a great job this week! :) Enjoy Harry Potter!

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  25. oooooo, Debbie! Those are a Harry Potter fan's dream come true:) Cupcake + Harry = Happy! Great job! Who doesn't love butterscotch & cream soda:)

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  26. Oh, Hubby would die for these. He loves butterscotch. I'll have to add them to the "make this soon" list! Thanks.

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  27. Good lord, these look amazing Debbie! I would gladly pay you for just one bite of one of these beauties. Love the butterscotch and cream soda flavor... so creative! I have a pumpkin-gingerbread cake up today that I think you would like, too! ;)

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  28. You can never have too many cupcakes. ;) Beautiful job. All that butterscotch flavor..I think I have a craving now.

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  29. I love Harry Potter! I was not able to go to the midnight showing last night though :( I hear it is great. I have to make these for one of my friends who is even more HP obsessed than me...she will love them.

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  30. These are beautiful! Butterscotch cupcakes sound heavenly!

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  31. These look unbelievably good I love the name!

    I would like to present you with the "Lovely Blog Award" . Visit my blog to pick it up and I will be in touch with further instructions once you accept the award. I love how Foodbuzz has put me in touch with so many fellow food bloggers :)

    Oh and I find an ice cream scoop is a great way to get the cupcake batter into the pan,not sure if you have tried it. Nice Work again

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  32. What a wonderful idea :) I'll be seeing the movie tonight (so excited...) and I love this creative recipe.

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  33. This is wonderful! Perfect for a Harry Potter fan. I can't wait to see the move tonight!

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  34. These sound amazing. I went to HP at Universal over Halloween and had butterbeer. It was delicious! I'll have to make these cupcakes soon!

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  35. Thank you so much for this post! I am a Harry Potter fanatic and, as a RA for my college, I did a HP night where we watched movies and ate/drank HP related snacks. Butterbeer actually tasted really good and I cannot wait until I try this at home for the holidays!
    Thank you for the awesome post!

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  36. Believe it or not, I've never seen Harry Potter! But I must say your cupcakes look soooo delicious! YUM!

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  37. i've been eyeing these for a while. and i was looking to find beer in the recipe, haha. awesome!

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  38. perfect cupcake to enjoy Harry, my girls would love these..I cannot pry my girl aways from these books they have been her fav!!

    sweetlife

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  39. Butter? Beer? Harry Potter?

    Second post this week about cupcakes or not, it seems you've just decided to incorporate only awesome things into this post. Those look delicious! And how was the movie?

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  40. Oh! Sounds great! Actually I’m a number one fun of Harry Potter. This is perfect for a snack while watching Harry Potter movie. I couldn't wait for it to watch with my friends this coming weekend.

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  41. I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan, but I could totally eat these cupcakes without complaint :) They look awesome!

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  42. I have never seen any of the HP movies, am I missing something? In any case, these cupcakes looks wonderful and I could totally go for one for dessert.

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  43. These look gorgeous! But i cant get butterscotch chips where I am :-( Is there an alternative anyone could suggest?

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  44. @ Anonymous: If you can't find butterscotch chips I would try looking for butterscotch ice cream topping, let me know how they turn out!

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  45. So, I logged onto my foodbuzz account (after weeks of not doing so) and see your post right next to another about butterbeer themed food.
    These sound so awesome. Also, I love cupcakes more than just about anything. I am so glad you did this, and so glad you shared.

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  46. Yummy and so indulging! I should really try this butterbeer cupcakes of yours. My friends will surely love these cupcakes.

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  47. Mess Reducing Cupcake/Muffin tin filling method:
    My sister gifted me a new old fashioned style ice cream scoop(with the squeeze handle to release the ice cream). It works perfectly for filling each individual unit. I also lubricate the top of the tin with a little vegetable oil for easy wiping if I do drip a little ;).

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  48. These look fabulous! After experimenting with alcoholic cupcakes with Chocolate & Guinness I think I might just have a go at making my own butterbeer cupcakes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. I use an ice-cream scoop that scrapes the dough (cake batter, ice-cream anything you need equal measuring of) out. These look great btw :)

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  50. Huge Harry Potter fan here as well. I've tried to get my husband to pick up at least one book, guaranteeing he would be hooked. Maybe if I baked these and told him to eat while he read, he'd be more inclined. These look delicious and I cannot wait to try it!!!

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  51. I had a HP theme birthday party this past weekend and my friend made these for the event. AND OH MY GOSH. Best cupcakes ever. It was the talk of the party. Even if you aren't a HP fan, these are worth a try! Will definitely be making these myself in the future for any event. LOVE!

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  52. A local theatre has been showing the Harry Potter movies every Monday all summer. I made these and snuck a couple into the theatre tonight.

    The other thing I always make for the movies is Chocolate Frogs. (Melting Chocolate, Frog Candy Molds) I am thinking a molded butterscotch frog would put this cupcake over the top sweet.

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  54. You probably already got your answer for how to have the perfect measured cupcakes...I personally use the larger cookie scooper. Looks like the old school ice cream scooper, but I it's smaller than the normal sized ice cream scoop.

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  55. These are amazing! I made them for a friend’s birthday and ever since then they are requested ALL THE TIME. Wonderful recipe – I made them exactly as the recipe states and they were delicious!!

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