Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes

cupcake butterscotch buttercream

Before I get into my latest baking adventure, I have to say that I am so so sad that Alan Rickman died. What a loss of such a great talent and person. I loved him in every movie I’ve seen with him in it. But, let’s be honest, my favorite role was him as Snape in the Harry Potter series. I read the majority of the books, and have seen all of the movies and I thought he portrayed Snape wonderfully and made him likable even when he wasn’t supposed to be. I’ve been wanting to re-read and re-watch the movies, and I think that now is a perfect time.

Harry potter movies snape actor alan rickman

I wish I could say that I made these Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes in tribute to Alan Rickman. But the truth is I made them about a week prior for my friend’s birthday. She loves Harry Potter even more than I do. I knew I wanted to make something special and fun for her birthday and when I found these Butterbeer Cupcakes, I knew IMMEDIATELY that I had to attempt them. Thank you to Amy at Amy Bites for this amazing recipe!

There are 3 steps to making the cupcakes: Continue reading

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Roll

chocolate cake with peppermint buttercream filling and chocolate glaze

I put away the last of my Christmas decorations this past weekend, and it made me so sad that the Christmas season is already over! I always feel like it goes by too fast, but for some reason this year it seemed to FLY! I love baking throughout the year (obviously), but I really love it at Christmas time because of all of the yummy flavors–chocolate, caramel, pumpkin, cranberry, orange. My absolute favorite though is peppermint. So today I’m sharing the Chocolate Peppermint Roll that I made for my office’s Christmas party.

I was super nervous about making this. The only other time I’ve made a roll of any kind was a pumpkin roll for this past Thanksgiving and I didn’t grease or flour the pan enough so it got stuck to the pan and I really had to work to get it out without breaking the cake. I was determined not to let that happen again!

The recipe is from Love Grows Wild (and I must say, her pictures are much better than mine. Goal for next time–better pics! hahaha). The cake takes a little bit of time to make, but it’s worth it because it’s so yummy!

There are 3 parts to the roll: the chocolate cake, the peppermint buttercream and then the glaze. Continue reading