Happy Birthday, Hermione!: Ginger Toffee Cupcakes

Ginger Toffee Cupcakes with Butterbeer Frosting by BakingdomDid you know that today is Hermione Granger’s birthday? I wasn’t going to make Hermione a treat this year, basically because I was being lazy. I already had another recipe lined up for this week, so I didn’t need to do any extra work if I didn’t want to.

But I celebrates Ron’s birthday this year. I also celebrated Harry’s birthday this year. How could I not finish up the Trio and celebrate Hermione’s as well?

So I made her cupcakes. 🙂

Ginger Toffee Cupcakes by BakingdomI chose the flavors for these cupcakes based on the sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In one of my favorite scenes in the entire film, the trio have gone to The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. Harry is trying to catch Professor Slughorn’s eye, Ron is mortified at seeing his sister, Ginny, and Dean Thomas snogging in the corner, and Hermione is ordering three butterbeers for them. If you listen very closely, you can hear Hermione request a bit of ginger in hers. I love this tiny detail they added in, and I find it intriguing. It makes me want to try some ginger in my butterbeer.

Plus, Hermione loves a ginger. 😀

I decided I wanted to recreate these flavors for Hermione’s birthday, but in cupcake form. I made a ginger cupcake, and stirred in toffee bits, then topped the whole thing with fluffy butterbeer frosting.

Ginger Toffee Butterbeer Cupcakes by BakingdomWhen I decorated the cupcakes, I really wanted to do something feminine and elegant, but not overly girly and froufrou. I wanted something classy and understated, like Hermione. I’ve always hated that they put her in a pink dress in the Goblet of Fire, so I adamantly refused to use pink on these cupcakes, but I really didn’t feel like the periwinkle blue from the book was right either.

In the end, I went with shades of brown for an unique look, and the colors, combined with the ruffles, are reminiscent of Hermione’s hair to me.

To acheive the ruffles, I used a Wilton #61 tip, which is a petal tip and looks like a comma or an apostrophe. I place the tip, large side down, and just piped a line of frosting around the outside edge of each cupcake in the darkest of my three colors. While I was piping, I gently moved the tip forward and back to create the ruffles. Next, I repeated this step with the middle color, and finished with a small ruffle of the lightest color. My finishing touch was to add a few Valrhona Pearls (Callebaut Crispearls are another great option).

Ruffled Buttercream Cupcake Frosting by BakingdomGratuitous ruffle shot.

Hermione Granger Birthday Cupcakes by BakingdomHappy birthday to our girl, Hermione!

I really think she’d love these cupcakes. I loved the bit of spicy gingerness in the cupcakes, with the sweet toffee crunch for a little texture. And the butterbeer frosting was the perfect flavor combo to lighten up the ginger flavor. Hermione has great taste. 🙂


Ginger Toffee Cupcakes
with Buttercream Frosting
Makes 12 standard cupcakes


1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup toffee bits
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or two teaspoons fresh ginger, finely grated)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (113 grams) sour cream
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups (about 250 grams) confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons butterbeer syrup (or butterscotch syrup, such as ice cream topping)
pinch of salt

To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, toffee bits, sugar, baking powder, ginger, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl, making sure there are no streaks of flour remaining (do not over mix).

Place three tablespoons of batter in each of the paper liners in the 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.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter for 3 minutes. Beat in the sugar and salt until combined. Add 1 tablespoon butterbeer syrup and whisk on high for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add more syrup, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Stir in the food coloring.

Recipes by Darla

Delicious Ginger Toffee Cupcakes by Bakingdom

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  1. MrsNumbles says

    Oh these look lovely….I really need to step up my frosting game.

    And her dress is periwinkle in the books – PERIWINKLE! *lol* I was so cranky when they changed it.

  2. says

    I LOVE these Darla!! They are so very pretty and perfect for Hermione!! I love the ruffled buttercream you did too!! Gorgeous!!

    P.S. I have always hated that her dress in GoF was pink too!! I think that was such a small detail but something so easy to execute so there should have been no need to change from periwinkle to pink!!

  3. Bernadette says

    I would love to get some of those Callebaut or Valrhona pearls. Sounds like a nice fall recipe, too. Half-Blood Prince wasn’t my favorite film of the series but I loved the book. Maybe the pink was to compliment Viktor’s red coat, aesthetically, in the film?

  4. Cat Colbert says

    This recipe is intriguing. One that I’m going to try because it’s so different.
    I love the ruffle effect of the butter cream frosting. It’s quite beautiful.

  5. says

    Oh my goodness!! This is the first recipe I saw this morning and I just love it! The combination of ginger & toffee in my opinion should be used more often, I can imagine it taste good 🙂 Love it.. and the ruffles are soo cute!


  6. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says

    These look absolutely perfect for Hermione. They really are classy and elegant and kind of remind me of old books too, which is also perfect for Hermione. 🙂

  7. beth says

    When I saw Hermione’ s birthday was coming up, I started looking forward to see what you would do. So thank you! I’m glad you made the extra effort for her (and us). 🙂
    Here’s my question: where did you find the Time Turner? I haven’t seen one I like as much as yours.

  8. says

    Hellow Very beautiful your cupcake. And your site also. I make cupcakes in my country and one day I hope to make my cupcakes beautiful as yours.
    I Not usually for recipes on my blog but if you ever want a recipe or some Brazilian ingredient my country can ask me, I will be happy to exchange information with someone who cooks so beautiful.

    sorry my inglesh

  9. says

    These look perfect for Hermione. I never noticed her ordering ginger in her butter beer before. How sad that I’ll just have to watch the movie again. I wondered if you’d say something about her falling for a ginger. Great job, as always!