As much as I tried, as hard as I’d wanted to, I just couldn’t. It wasn’t that I found it boring or lame or anything; it just couldn’t hold my interest — or patience — for long.
But I remember all my friends and classmates and every single human within a 65432 mile radius of me LOVED Harry Potter. They proudly wore their Gryffindor maroon-and-gold scarves, or I’d occasionally see the rogue Slytherin fanatic. I would hear fellow peers bicker about their favorite characters, about whether or not certain spells could do certain things and why, and of course, brag about their reading skills.
“I read the entire first book in one day.”
“Oh yeah? Well I just got the fourth book at noon and I’m already on page 486.”
And I would just sit there, completely out of touch and wishing so desperately that I could like Harry Potter and not have prior childhood attachments to a certain other (less famous) witch.
You know. Sabrina. Homegirl was the shiiiiizzzzz, y’all. I remember prancing out into the living room on Friday nights at 8pm when a new episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch aired. I was jealous of her bedroom. Her time-traveling closet that boomed with thunder and lightning whenever they’d time travel. Her witty, dry-humored cat Salem, who always seemed to know what was up. And her British aunt because dude, British people are just so damn cool.
This likely stemmed from my addiction to Clarissa Explains It All which meant I was bound with a die-hard loyalty to Melissa Joan Hart in the 90’s. No other witch and/or warlock could satisfy.
And Harry, your owl is cool and all, but it doesn’t even talk. What the what is up with that?
Anywho, I know that people are loyal to their favorite lightning-bolt-scarred wizard and I totally understand — while I have yet to read the books (I KNOOOOWWWW), I have seen the movies and think they’re really well made & interesting (sorry if you’re cringing right now — I am totally being that person I usually hate who loves the movie but who hasn’t even read the book which is so much bettttterrrr it hurts).
So when I found this Butterbeer at my local Whole Foods Market, I had to pick it up! First of all, don’t get your panties in a bunch, k? While it’s called butterbeer, there’s no alcohol in this, so kids and adults alike can down it happily. Second of all, it’s actually a butterscotch flavored soda which is uber-sweet but super yummy. Very rich and creamy, with a slight hint of salt per the natural flavor composition of butterscotch. And it’s the star of these cupcakes that would make any wizard (or wannabe wizard) happy. Including ones who prefer talking cats over owls.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 bottle butterscotch soda (if you can’t find butterscotch soda, use one can/one bottle of cream soda)
- 1 small box sugar free/fat free butterscotch instant pudding mix
- 3/4 cups butter, softened
- 3 Tbsp butterscotch sundae sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- About 4 cups powdered sugar
- Gold Sixlets
- Pretzel Sticks
- White Grapefruit Gummies (if you can’t find these either, use yellow Laffy Taffy!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 liners. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and the soda– NOTHING ELSE! Beat with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until well combined. Stir in the butterscotch pudding mix. Evenly distribute the batter among the muffin tins, filling about 2/3″ full.
- Bake the cupcakes for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the softened butter, butterscotch sauce and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
- Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes. Adorn with a broomstick and a golden snitch. Serve immediately.
- TO MAKE THE BROOMSTICKS, attach the pointed tip of a grapefruit gummy to a pretzel rod using a little melted chocolate. Let them stand at room temperature to harden. If you’d like a more authentic broomstick look, brush the gummy with edible brown luster dust. If you cannot find grapefruit gummies, gently flatten a banana Laffy Taffy candy with the heel of your hand and cut strips about halfway through the longest side to create the fringe. Wrap the Laffy Taffy around the pretzel rod and secure with chocolate if needed.
The butterscotch flavor in these cupcakes is to die for! If you’re a butterscotch fanatic like my sister and I, you’ll really enjoy the authentic, sweet-yet-slightly salty flavor of these moist, rich cupcakes. And Harry Potter fans will enjoy the fun edible broomsticks and golden snitch adornments.
Have a fantastical day!!