It’s that time again, my friends! The final half of the final movie of Harry Potter is released this Friday! It’s the closing of an era, even if you’re not a huge Pottermaniac like I am. Of course, another Potter event means only one thing here: another week of magical sweets and treats. I’m not just offering you a yummy recipe today, though…read to the end for a chance to enter to win an awesomely magical Harry potter prize.
Sometimes, I wish I’d started blogging sooner, just so I could have shared more Harry Potter weeks with you guys. I think the HP treats I’ve made have been some of the most fun and delicious on all of Bakingdom. Today’s sweet is no different.
Unlike my other HP treats (real butterbeer, Harry’s favorite dessert, and chocolate cauldron cakes), which are pulled straight from the pages of the books, these Honeydukes’ Candyfloss Cupcakes are my own creation. They’re based on the mention of candyfloss (cotton candy) in the books, as well as the Honeydukes shop in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Honeydukes is the sweets shop in the Harry Potter books and films, and has been recreated in the WWOHP’s Hogsmeade. It is absolutely delightful! Filled from floor to ceiling with colorful candies galore, it’s as much of a visual treat as it is a treat for the taste buds.
These cupcakes are based on one of the beautiful window displays that I saw when we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last summer. At the time, one of the windows was filled with gorgeous, pink candyfloss, and the image has stuck with me.
I love cotton candy…a lot…and I thought the idea of a cotton candy cupcake sounded amazing. I didn’t want these to be plain, old cotton candy cupcakes, though. These needed to be something that could exist in the Potterverse.
What better way to do that than by adding Honeydukes’ logo to them on whimsical candyfloss inspired toppers? I created the Honeydukes tags based on the actual Honeydukes logo that they print on their candy and packaging (as well as the sign), and the pom poms were an easy 1-2-3 craft that I learned how to do years ago. Best of all, you can make these too. Read on for a tutorial for the candyfloss pom poms and a link to the printable Honeydukes tags that I created.
As for the cupcakes, they’re easy peasy too. Just start out with your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe (I’ve included mine below), and add a little cotton candy (best part: you can use any dairy or gluten free recipe here for DF and GF versions). I had considered using cotton candy flavoring for this, but upon reading reviews of it, I was reluctant. The consensus seemed to be that it doesn’t actually taste like cotton candy. Instead, I decided to add real cotton candy to the cake batter and wait and see what happened. I got my cotton candy at Walmart while I was visiting my sister. It is Fun Sweets brand, and my research tells me that it is gluten free (it is also dairy free, but you’ll have to go to a specialty store for vegan). I tried adding it loose, as well as packed, and found no difference. both ways, the candy would break up into the batter and sort of turn into chunks that spotted the cupcakes. Although I had hoped that it would melt and blend with the batter, it still imparted it’s flavor this way, so I was happy. I did think that packing it made for easier measuring, though. You can either add half an ounce of loose cotton candy, or half a cup of packed cotton candy (they equal the same amount).
The recipe that i used always bakes up perfectly, but if you want to make them even easier, these work great with boxed cake mix, as well. I love that there are speckles and dots of cotton candy on these.
Next up, we have to make the frosting. Again, I used real cotton candy to flavor the frosting. I tried adding it the same way that I added it to the batter, but the results weren’t pretty. The frosting turned into a lumpy mess that only tasted like cotton candy if you happened to get one of the hard, sticky pieces of semi melted candy in your mouth. Not good.
For the next batch, I tried melting the cotton candy with the cream that’s in the recipe before adding both to the frosting mixture. This turned out to be the perfect solution. The cream melted the cotton candy until it was a sort of purple liquid that could be poured right into the frosting.
To create the pom poms, draw and cut out a ring on a piece of cardboard or heavy duty card stock. The distance from the outside of your ring to the hole in the center will determine how big your pom poms will be. In this case, that distance was about one inch, so my pom poms ended up being about an inch and a half in diameter, almost two inches. Basically, however wide your ring is, your pom pom will be almost double that.
Once your ring is cut out, wrap a length of tulle around it until it is completely covered. I used a three foot length of tulle that was two inches wide. I wouldn’t suggest anything much shorter than three feet, but you can certainly go longer.
After you have the tulle wrapped around the ring, use a pair of scissors to cut along the outside edge. Wrap a piece of strong thread or fine wore around the tulle, cinching as tightly as possible before tying it off. If you will be working alone, I suggest a fine wire for this job, as it holds it’s shape. In order to use thread, you’ll need an assistant’s finger to hold it when you’re ready to tie it.
Fluff the tulle out and trim any long pieces to match the rest. Place a small dot of hot glue on the end of a candy stick or wooden skewer, then press the stick into the pom pom, at the center where the string is tied. Hold for a few seconds to allow the glue to cool.
These cupcakes (and toppers) were one of the most fun, tasty treats I’ve ever made, and I love how whimsical and magical they are. They would look beautiful on any Harry Potter themed dessert table, but they would also work perfectly for a circus themed, or pink ballerina type themed party. Enjoy!
Now…the recipes and Honeydukes tag link are at the end of the post, but I bet your wondering about that giveaway I mentioned at the top of the post…
You may remember my pretty amazingly awesome (if I do say so myself…and I do) Gryffindor apron from a few months ago. You know, this one:
Well, this week, you have a chance to win one of your very own, in the house of your choice! That’s right, ONE lucky person will win ONE custom made (by me) Harry Potter apron, with the house colors and patch of their choice. Plus, I have a design for men, as well, so guys, don’t forget to enter too! How do you enter? It’s easy. Just leave your answers to the following questions in the comment section below, before 7pm EST on Thursday, July 14th, 2011: Which Hogwarts house is your favorite? Which STUDENT (past or present, which includes any magical adult or professor) at Hogwarts is your favorite? There is no wrong answer, and I can’t wait to see what/who you guys pick! Another way to enter the draw: Retweet this post on twitter. Tweets will be added to the draw! The contest is international and the winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org and announced Friday, July 15, 2011. I will contact the winner to find out house/design (men’s or women’s) choice, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section! Good luck with the giveaway!
This contest is now CLOSED.
♥ Much Geeky Love,
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And the winner is:
CONGRATULATIONS, Britney! Please contact me with your mailing address, as well as your design (mens or womens) and house choices.
1. Tie not included.
2. The giveaway apron will not have tulle edging on the bottom.
3. Don’t forget! I have a mens apron design as well! It is very similar, but with straighter lines and no ruffles.
4. I am not a professional seamstress, sewing is a hobby of mine, so there may be slight flaws or imperfections, but I will do my very best to give you the most perfect apron my little fingers can whip up.
5. As the apron will be made to order for the winner, it will take 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.
Honeydukes Candyfloss (Cotton Candy) Cupcakes [Printable Version]
Makes about 1 dozen (I usually get about 14)
FOR THE CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (.5 ounce) cotton candy, packed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, egg, yolks, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl to make sure it’s combined, then stir int he cotton candy until evenly distributed (do not over mix).
Place three tablespoons of batter in each of the paper liners int he prepared muffin pan. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Honeydukes Candyfloss (Cotton Candy) Buttercream Frosting [Printable Version]
Makes 12 ounces
FOR THE FROSTING
1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons heavy cream
1 ounce cotton candy
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, pour 1 1/2 teaspoons of the heavy cream over the cotton candy to melt it; set aside.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla and melted cotton candy. Beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 45 seconds, adding the remaining cream, if necessary.
Cupcake recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated, Frosting recipe and Honeydukes tags by Darla
Click on the link(s) below, then click File > Save as or Print. Print at 100% (do not scale) on heavy bright white paper, cut out, and assemble as directed above.
Other great Harry Potter recipes from Bakingdom:
Read about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter here:
Recipes, Honeydukes tags by Darla