Harry Potter Cupcakes

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A big group of friends decided to go see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in IMAX. Hubby and I are both big HP fans (ok, maybe it’s really just me and I drag him along to this stuff… He’s not the one with the HP theme ringtone… although he did read all 7 books too… In fact we had to buy two #7s because neither of us wanted to wait for the book…) and we already saw the movie when it first came out. But it wasn’t released in IMAX until the end of July. I don’t know if it’s marketing genius or what, but I guess their ploy worked on us because if it had come out in IMAX at the beginning, we probably would have only gone to see it once… But I digress… Since we had such a large group, we decided to get there early to get seats together. And since we’d be standing/sitting around for a while, I thought I’d bring some cupcakes.

I wanted to decorate them with Harry Potter objects and decided to make some chocolates to put on top of the cupcakes. The process itself is quite simple. First, I made a stencil on my computer and printed it out. I taped some wax paper over the printout so the paper wouldn’t move. Then I melted some chocolate and yellow Wilton candy melts in a disposable piping bag. I snipped off the end and began piping.

As you can see I don’t have a perfectly steady hand, but I think they look good. For the snitch wings, I piped the chocolate, then put some sprinkles on the waxed paper, then piped the yellow.

For the H and P, first I downloaded the Harry Potter font from DaFont.com. The first time I printed my stencil I forgot to make a mirror image of the letters. Since I wanted the smooth side to be showing on top of the cupcakes, I needed to have that mirror image. Once I got that all straightened out, I would pipe a small amount of chocolate onto the thicker parts of the letter. I then used a toothpick to do the detail work. It was a bit time consuming to say the least!

When I went to take the H & P letters off the waxed paper, they were too fragile to stay together. So in a last second decision, I used the yellow candy melts to make a big ole circle around the HP. I think they looked great, but wished I would have thought of that first because I would have made my H a little closer to the P. I used my round cookie cutters (see Dad, they’re really useful!) to make the circle of yellow chocolate over the HP.

I decided to just make chocolate and white cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I love filling cupcakes, so I filled them with some homemade strawberry jam that Hubby’s mom’s boyfriend gave us recently (it’s AMAZING!). Since I hate making recipes more than once, I decided to try a new chocolate and a new white cupcake recipe. I decided to go with Martha’s one bowl chocolate cupcake recipe and the Billy’s vanilla cupcake recipe from my Top 10 list. The chocolate cupcakes were great and I love the idea of only dirtying one bowl!

I found the vanilla cupcakes to be a bit fussy. The batter tastes amazing, but I used my ice cream scoop as usual, and they were too full and spilled over and made the weird flat cookie look on top of the cupcakes. I think I’m still on the hunt for a great fool-proof vanilla cupcake recipe.

I’m not going to copy the recipes here, they’re out on the Internet hundreds of times. Here are links to Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes and Billy’s Vanilla cupcakes (another Martha Stewart recipe). I frosted the cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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11 Responses to “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This looks like such a perfect gift! Are those your homemade marshmallows I spy in the mug?

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    Jen — December 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Of course they are! I seriously can’t justify buying marshmallows anymore. They’re just so easy and SO good homemade. I even whipped up a batch to put on our twice baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.

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    Blog is the New Black — December 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I really wanted to do this this year for gifts but time escaped me. Looks great!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Soooo here’s the deal- A Boston Food Diary is going to look A LOT like Beantown Baker next week as I steal your recipes 🙂 Looks great Jen!

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    Megan — December 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Why have I never thought about doing this? It looks so easy and it definitely would give me an excuse to make some homemade marshmallows!

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    Danielle — December 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    That looks like an amazing gift! Making a homemade hot cocoa would definetly save money. Thanks for the recipe(:

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    EliFla — December 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Ghirardelli cocoa is very good and your homemade hot cocoa mix …too!!! May you have a special merry Christmas!!!Hugs, Flavia

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    Meghan@travelwinedine — December 21, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I have never thought of making my own cocoa mix OR marshmallows. I feel a winter project coming on. Looks delicious!

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    kitchenmisfit — December 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I have had this bookmarked to make to some gifts for a couple of my girlfriends. So awesome and easy to make!


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    dana — December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Loads of thanks to you. I can make everyone happy this Christmas. This recipe is even easy to follow.

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    innochkaskitchen — December 24, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Yum! What a great holiday gift idea!

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