Sunday, April 1, 2012

{ Toffee Cupcakes: Happy Birthday Fred & George }





So, today, April 1st, is to many, a day of tomfoolery.

Silly jests, practical jokes, and such.

You can read some of the lore of April Fool's Day in my post from last year.

April Fool's Day, however, is also something else. A day to celebrate my favorite jokesters...

Yep, Fred & George Weasley (they are Harry Potter characters if you are confused) were 'born', fittingly, on this day!

Happy Birthday Gred & Forge!

I had to think for a while what I would make for their birthday.

I've done Butterbeer, Caludron Cakes, Pumpkin Juice, Dark & Light Cake, Apple Pie Cupcakes, and Cocoa all previously for my Harry Potter friends.

What to do, what to do...

Well, Fred and George, as you know, if you've read the books or watched the movies, started up a joke shop called Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. In Goblet of Fire, while not shown in the movie, they 'dropped' a sweet that Dudley quickly snapped up. It was a Ton Tongue Toffee. It made Dudley's tongue swell to 4 feet long before Vernon and Petunia would allow Arthur to shrink it.

I promise these won't make your tongue swell, but the Ton Tongue Toffees were definitely the inspiration behind this cupcake.

Ton Tongue
Toffee Cupcakes

You'll need some yellow cupcakes, cooled & cored
2 Skor or Heath bars, chopped- set aside

For the Toffee Buttercream filling:

1 stick of butter (butter only)
1 stick of butter, softened (butter only)
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons milk 
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons Caramel Ice Cream Topping



in a saucepan or skillet, melt one stick of butter, whisk while melting.

Allow to brown to an amber color.


Remove from heat & allow to cool

My friend, Darla, of Bakingdom has a great step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter.

Once cool, place in mixing bowl. Add the 2nd stick of butter, whip until creamy.
Then add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and the milk, a little at a time.
Lastly, whip in the caramel topping.

You may need to add a little more powdered sugar OR milk, depending.

Squeeze this into cored cupcakes.


Next, we will top with a chocolate glaze.

You can find the step by step photos here .

Chocolate Fudge Glaze

You’ll need:
4 Tablespoons of Butter
1 Square unsweetened chocolate
(or 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons HOT water
Melt the butter & chocolate (unless using cocoa)
Then add the sugar and vanilla.

Add 2 TBS water. If it’s not enough, add the 3rd.
This should be slightly runny, but thick enough to fully coat your spoon.

Spoon on to your cupcakes.

Top with the chopped toffee bar.

I love, love, love toffee. The sweet but salty bite.

Skor Bars are my favorite. Yurm.

I hope you like toffee too.

Fred & George are big fans.

Big.

Tina


3 comments:

  1. I named my camera stewart! After Martha Stewart! (just read your about page)!! hahaha!

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  2. I love cupcakes! These look so good!
    thanks for sharing.

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  3. Aww I am loving these cupcakes!! I really like your blog and all the printable labels and book-themed desserts!! Your pictures are awesome too! Love reading your blog :)

    I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!!
    Check it out here http://www.magnolia75thebakinglounge.com/2012/04/awards-and-nominees.html

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