Butterbeer is the drink of choice for Harry Potter and the other young wizards at Hogwarts. Butterbeer has a butterscotch base and is most closely identified as a good quality cream soda.
Butterbeer Cupcakes from www.thepastryaffair.com/2011/7/14/
The cupcake is a cream soda cake. Be sure to buy a good quality cream soda. It makes a difference.
The recipe includes both vanilla and butter flavorings, and uses dark brown sugar instead of granulated sugar (just to pump up the sweetness factor).
When it comes to adding the flour mixture, buttermilk and cream soda she has you fold them into the batter rather than use the mixer. Don’t miss this in the directions. I did. Oops!
The cupcake is light and fluffy, and has a great texture. The cream soda cake is so Delicious!!! I’m loving this cupcake.
In order to include the Butterscotch I’ve had to continue on with the Butterscotch Ganache and Butterscotch Buttercream frosting.
I had issues with the ganache. Mine was VERY runny. It absolutely needs more substance. It does taste great! So that’s a bonus.
Filling the cupcake with the butterscotch ganache didn’t go well. Since the ganache was so runny, when I filled the cupcake it just seeped its way throughout the cupcake, changing the overall flavor of the cupcake. Bummer!
After making the Butterscotch Ganache you make the Butterscotch Buttercream, which includes the ganache along with vanilla and butter flavorings. The frosting was rather good. I was surprised. I thought it would be too sweet but found it to be just right.
Then you drizzle the ganache over the frosting. Can you say extreme difficulty? The runny ganache ran all over the cupcakes. And I used very little ganache.
These cupcakes were a big hit in the neighborhood, with the adults not the kids. The little ones didn’t like the butterscotch flavor. Lesson learned.
The recipe needs some tweaking and for that reason…
cupcakelab rating: the bad