A while back I reviewed The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which described in mouthwatering detail these little treats called November cakes. Stiefvater has posted a recipe for them which I swore to make (still haven't gotten around to that but one day I will) and planted the seed in my head to post recipes inspired by my favourite YA books. Cooking novel inspired dishes isn't a new concept and I take no credit for this idea. I just want to share the yummy things I make that remind me of my favourite books.
First up is probably one of the most loved fictitious foods (or I should say, drinks). I had my first taste of Butterbeer when I was fortunate enough to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida late last year. It was absolutely amazing and I loved how they had recreated a little piece of Harry Potter magic in the middle of a bustling theme park. This recipe has been on my radar for awhile, and after seeing pictures of Butterbeer cupcakes on Tastespotting (my go to food exploration site) I just knew I had to make them.
My Butterbeer cupcakes turned out really nice. The cake was light and moist due to the addition of Creamy Soda and buttermilk in the batter, and there is a distinct butterscotch-y flavour. While they may not taste exactly like Butterbeer they come pretty darn close.