Sunday Funday Harry P. style
22 January 2012
There’s no denying my love for Harry Potter. It’s simply the best book series ever. Fact. When I got the newest movie for Christmas, I knew a party must be had.
A party complete with butterbeer cupcakes and Moaning Myrtle drinks.
The Moaning Myrtle (from She Knows–check out the other HP drinks too)
2 parts champagne
1 part vodka
2 parts white grape juice
optional: 1 piece dry ice for ghost effect
Butterbeer Cupcakes (from amybites)
2 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cream soda
Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with paper cups or thoroughly coat with cooking spray. Yield 18 regular sized cupcakes.
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients & set aside. In separate bowl mix wet ingredients. Combine all ingredients and beat well. Pour batter into cupcake pan, filling each liner 2/3 full. Bake 15-17 minutes.
While cupcakes bake, heat one 11 oz bag of butterscotch chips and 1 cup heavy cream until completely combined and smooth. You could use a double-boiler or just a small saucepan (ensure to watch closely so it doesn’t burn).
Cool ganache and cupcakes to room temperature. If you have a squeeze bottle like this, your life will probably be easier but if not, no fear, I didn’t either. The goal is to poke a hole in the middle of the cupcake and fill with the ganache. Sans squeezer, use a knife to cut a small hole in the middle of the cupcake, fill a ziplock with ganache and cut a tiny hole in the corner to squeeze butterscotch-deliciousness through. Squeeze until filling begins to overflow in cupcake.
Frost with buttercream frosting (I just used store bought). Top with remaining ganache.
For best results, consume while watching one of the Harry Potter movies.
Greatest party ever? Yes. Only thing that would make it better would be if we rented an owl.