Happy Harry Potter week, everyone! Since the premiere of the last movie (*tear*) is this Friday, I thought I’d make something special to commemorate the occasion. Since my butterbeer cupcakes were such a hit and I still get comments/emails/tweets daily telling me how much you all enjoyed the recipe, I wanted to revisit the recipe and remix it a little. .
I have my tickets for the midnight premiere and I fully expect that you all do too, and I hope you’ll bring some of these super-cute Golden Snitch Butterbeer Cake Pops with you to share with your friends while you wait! What’s a better iconic Harry Potter shape for cake pops than the Golden Snitch? And it perfectly suits the gold-colored butterbeer cake and butterscotch taste. .
These are a bit more labor-intensive than the cupcakes, but if you’re looking for something fun and super-portable to make and take with you to the premiere, you should definitely give it a try. Everyone at the theater will be jealous.
These cake pops are made with the very same butterbeer cake recipe from the butterbeer cupcakes—except instead of cupcakes, you’ll be baking it in a 13×9” pan. Then, crumble it up, mix it with the frosting, and form the mixture into little Snitch-size balls. Stick a lollipop stick in ‘em, dunk ‘em in yellow candy coating, and apply a coat of gold dust. And of course, you can’t forget the wings—I simply cut them out of gum paste using a cardstock template and an X-Acto knife. It’s a bit of work, but totally worth it when you bite into the payoff. Let’s make them!
Welcome to a very special edition of Sunday Sweets! If you’re new to this blog, let me explain. Sunday Sweets is a series I do every few weeks to share super indulgent recipes that wouldn’t otherwise be featured amongst my healthy, everyday eating recipes. Most days you’ll see healthy fare here, but we all need some sweets now and then, right? Onto the good stuff! .
Unless you are a Harry Potter nerd like myself, this post may require a bit of explanation. A few weekends ago, my boyfriend and I made the drive down to Orlando to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter (and I don’t care who knows it!)—it’s been a part of my life for over 10 years, so when they announced the theme park, I knew I had to go. It was awesome! But since this is a food blog, let’s get to the point. Possibly the best thing about the park was the butterbeer. .
If you’ve read the books or seen the movies, you know that butterbeer is a beverage in the Harry Potter universe. There’s been a lot of speculation in the fan community over the years as to what it tastes like, and there’s been lots of recipe experimenting. However, I think that whoever developed the recipe for the park did an amazing job. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff! It was served in two forms: regular, just like soda, or frozen, like a slushie (my favorite)—both topped with a delicious, creamy, frothy, thick foam. The way I can best describe it is like butterscotch cream soda—but better. .
After I had my first glass, I immediately started formulating recipe ideas. The flavor just seemed to lend itself to cupcakes! I didn’t expect to get it right the first time, but you guys, these are so delicious. Even if you have no idea what butterbeer is or have never tasted it, you will love these. Essentially, the flavor profile is that of a buttery cream soda cake, filled with butterscotch ganache, topped with a butterscotch buttercream and drizzled with more butterscotch ganache. It sounds kind of intense, but trust me on this. They’re amazing. And I am shocked at how close the flavor is to the real stuff at Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The only thing missing is the fizz! I’m super proud of these—you should definitely try these, whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not! Let’s get to it. . Continue reading →