A Beery Good Way to Say Bye to Harry Potter
After stumbling across the recipe, my mother immediately sent the link to me. Since my love for Harry Potter borders on obsession, it only made sense that my mom would send me the recipe.
At that time, I had glanced at the recipe, convinced that I could not conquer something so complicated. Don’t get me wrong, I can certaintly cook and I can cook well. But baking is a whole different ball game and I don’t exercise in that field quite often.
So after a recent visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, I decided that it was time to try out the cupcakes. After all, what’s a better way to celebrate Harry Potter than with cupcakes? Nothing.
I cruised through the aisles at Kroger, hunting down everything necessary for the recipe and tried to purchase mostly store brand items. The creator of the recipe, Amy, recommends using regular cream soda (not diet). I settled on purchasing Jones’ cream soda since the Kroger two liter was out of stock.
In the process of moving to a new place this week, it dawned on me that I had packed my mixer. The recipe calls for the butter to be whipped until fluffy and add everything slowly. So I settled on whipping everything by hand. I orginially had asked creator Amy if I could hand-whisk everything but she said it would compromise the structure of the cupcake. Whoops.
I held my breath while the cupcakes were in the oven. I knew there was a possibilty that the cupcakes would come out ruined but I had to take a chance. When the timer was done, the cupcakes came out light, fluffy and sprang up to the touch.
The secound issue I encountered was realizing that I didn’t have a double broiler to create the ganache. I have never owned one and I wasn’t even sure how to use one. I ended up microwaving the butterscotch chips and then mixing it with heavy cream until smooth. Then, I let the ganache sit until room temperature.
I used a cake decorating tip to puncture holes into the center of the cupcakes since I couldn’t find a squeeze bottle last minute. After creating holes, I poured the ganache into each cupcake, a very messy and tiring job.
The final issue I encountered was creating the frosting. Again, since I had to whisk everything by hand, the frosting came out a little runny and not fluffy like in Amy’s photos. I had to spoon the glaze-like frosting over each dessert. Then I drizzled the leftover over ganache ontop of them.
Overall, I was excited because it was a huge feat for me to make these cupcakes. But, my cupcakes lacked the presentation of the cupcakes’ in the photos on Amy’s site. I had to remind myself that I lacked some of the necessary components to complete the ideal presentation of butterbeer cupcakes.
When my boyfriend and I bit into the cupcakes though, it was almost like we were transported back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and were gently sipping on frozen Butterbeer.
Now this is the way to say goodbye to Harry Potter.
Gillan Ludlow is a Fredericksburg native and attending Virginia Commonwealth University as a print journalism undergraduate.
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