Friday, July 15, 2011

The End of an Era

"Yer a Wizard, Harry..."

"I'm a what?!"

Last night (this morning) marked the end of an era. We of the Harry Potter generation grew up with this series; waiting patiently for our lost Hogwarts letters, dressing up for midnight book releases, and trying to convince our parents that owls would make sensible pets. We are HUGE fans of HP here at the VegBergers house, and there was only one thing to do with the looming conclusion of the saga.

Make cupcakes.

And not just any cupcakes. BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES.

Butterbeer Cupcakes

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp cornstarch

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup vegan margarine

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp butterscotch flavor

1/2 cup vanilla cream soda

1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2. Whisk soy milk and vinegar together and set aside to curdle.

3. Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, with a mixer at medium speed, cream margarine and sugars together for 1-2 minutes. Add vanilla and butterscotch flavors.

5. Alternate beating in soy milk mixture, dry ingredients, and cream soda.

6. Fill Cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.

KT and Matt getting ready to go to the midnight premiere!!

Butterscotch Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup vegan shortening

1/4 cup vegan margarine

1 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp butterscotch flavor

1/8 cup soy milk

1. Beat shortening and margarine together until well combined. Add sugar, flavorings, and soy milk. Beat until fluffy.

Butterscotch Drizzle (For magical swirls and lightning bolt garnishes!)

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp water

3 Tbsp vegan margarine

2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp corn syrup

Pinch of salt

1. Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to bubble. Allow mixture to continue to bubble until it reaches 225 degrees on a candy thermometer. Cool slightly and drizzle away!

KT (Hermione) with Kaytee (Dolores Umbridge), Alex (A super cool Ravenclaw), and Emily (Tonks) at the midnight showing!

There was laughter, there were tears, there were cupcakes. A perfect ending to a perfect story. Thank you, Harry.

"Of course it is happening in your head, Harry. But why on earth should that mean it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore

Peace, Love, and Hippogriffs,

Pam and KT

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