Butterbeer Cupcakes

Photo by Andrea A.
Adapted from pastryaffair.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

18

cupcakes

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

18

servings

Adapted from pastryaffair.com

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:

  • 2

    cups flour

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/2

    cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1

    cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1

    teaspoon butter flavoring

  • 1/2

    cup buttermilk

  • 1/2

    cup cream soda

  • Butterscotch Ganache:

  • 11

    ounces (1 package) butterscotch chips

  • 1

    cup heavy cream

  • Butterscotch Buttercream:

  • 6

    tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/4

    cup butterscotch ganache (recipe above)

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla

  • 1

    teaspoon butter flavoring

  • Pinch of salt

  • 3-3 1/2

    cups powdered sugar

  • Splash of heavy cream (as needed)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with baking cups. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and butter flavoring. Fold in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, 1/3 of the flour mixture, cream soda, and then the remaining flour. Folding in these ingredients will prevent over-mixing and will result in a fluffier, less dense cupcake. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden and spring back when touched. Cool completely before frosting. Ganache: In a small saucepan on medium heat, melt the butterscotch chips into the heavy cream, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before using. Buttercream: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the butterscotch ganache, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt. Beat in the powdered sugar for 2-3 minutes, starting with 3 cups and adding more only if necessary. Add the cream a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved (I only needed 1 tablespoon). To Assemble: Pour butterscotch ganache into a plastic squeeze bottle. Stab the tip of the bottle into cupcake and fill each cupcake with butterscotch ganache until it starts to overflow. Fill a pastry bag with butterscotch buttercream and pipe onto the top of each cupcake. Drizzle on the butterscotch ganache. Lick your fingers clean if you just so happen to get extra butterscotch on them. If you have any leftover butterscotch ganache, it can be used as ice cream topping. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (that is, if they don't get devoured immediately).

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