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Nerdist: A Ghost Story for Christmas

And you guys thought I wasn’t going to post anymore scary stories. Ha! The joke is on you because this is an article about scary stories. Scary stories shared in Britain during Christmastime no less.

Kidding aside, I thought this was an interesting read. I like hearing about how other countries celebrate holidays and the origin of certain traditions as well. The link to the article is below.

http://nerdist.com/a-ghost-story-for-christmas-britains-scary-holiday-tradition/

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Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cupcakes

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* In honor of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthdays Nerdist posted this tasty recipe. Chomp your muggle teeth down on these delicious cupcakes. Feast your eyes upon the recipe:

Harry Potter Every Flavor Cupcakes

(makes 24 cupcakes)

Butterbeer cupcake ingredients:
-3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
-1-3/4 cups sugar
-3 eggs
-2-1/4 cups cake flour
-1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup Butterbeer (or Cream Soda)
-1/4 cup heavy cream

Butterbeer Frosting ingredients:
-1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-4-1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup Butterbeer

Golden Snitch ingredients:
-gold gumballs
-yellow candy melts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with liners.

In bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until combined.

Add the eggs and the vanilla.

Alternate the flour mixture with the Butterbeer and heavy cream until combined.

Fill the prepped liners about 2/3 full and bake for approximately 15 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting and the Golden Snitch candy wings. For the candy wings, place the candy melts in a heat safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Pour the melts into a piping bag or a decorating squeeze bottle.

On a piece of parchment pipe the outline of a wing shape, approximately 4-inches long, then criss-cross across the wing, then down the center to connect the lines together.

Place the wings in the freezer for 5 minutes or until set.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the Butterbeer until you reach the desired consistency, then whip on high until light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cool, core out the center and add fillings. Sweet things like jam, candies, fudge or marshmallow as well as dried fish, mustard, or horseradish. Then frost over the top of the filled cupcakes.

Add a gold gumball and the candy wings to top off the cupcakes.

 

Visit the recipe page on here:

http://nerdist.com/harry-potter-every-flavor-cupcakes/

* Nerdist has more great Harry Potter content on their site. Plus, more cupcake pictures, which is never a bad thing.

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