“Look...at...me..." he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.”
I was prepared to make completely different cupcakes this weekend. And then Thursday morning I heard the news. Alan Rickman--Professor Snape, Colonel Brandon, Sheriff George of Nottingham, Hans Gruber and The Blue Caterpillar from Alice and Wonderland--passed away at the age of 69. While there are plenty of movies that wouldn't have been the same without him, these cupcakes are in honor of Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.
I picked up my first Harry Potter book in 5th grade and was immediately hooked. At the midnight release of The Order of the Phoenix, I almost punched a kid when he started reading from the last chapter OUT LOUD. When the movies started coming out, I was terrified my favorite books were going to be ruined--you know movies have a tendency of doing that. But they were EVERYTHING. And Alan Rickman was everything and more. With that long black greasy hair, sometimes flipped out at the end. The way he glared at Harry and his friends, the way he always left the room with a flourish and a flap of his black cape, the way he said, "Page 394."
And as the series continued, we learned more about Snape and just when we learned that Snape was actually a hero dealing with a long-lasting and unrequited love, he was taken from us. Ya'll. I cried and cried and cried. I cried when I read the book. I cried when I saw that scene in the movie. And I'll probably cry again tonight as I binge watch all the movies.
Non-Harry Potter fans (Muggles, if you will) are always asking how I can love these books so much even as an adult. "It's all about magic stuff, right?" Wrong. These books are about heroes and villians, friendships and doing the right thing. They're about love, awkward school dances and puberty. They're about good and evil and how the line isn't always so clear between the two. They're about growing up. I'm glad to have grown up with them and if I ever have a kid, they will too.
There's no need to rate the books. There aren't enough stars in the world. So let's move on to the cupcakes.
Butterbeer cupcakes (aka butterscotch cupcakes)
I was in a rush, so I adapted these cupcakes from a recipe I found on a blog called The Domestic Rebel. However, I wasn't sure how big of a bottle of cream soda this blogger/baker was referring to in her recipe. So instead of asking, I eye-balled it. I never learn.
I ended up having to bake this cupcakes WAY longer than she suggested in order to not end up with a soupy mess. But my house will probably smell like butterscotch for days, so it's not all bad. Now that I've lived and learned (a little at least), I'm sure she meant a small personal size bottle--like maybe 16 oz...?
1 box yellow cake mix
1 bottle butterscotch soda or cream soda
1 small box sugar free/fat free butterscotch instant pudding mix
¾ cups butter, softened
3 Tbsp butterscotch sundae sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 4 cups powdered sugar
1. Combine the cake mix and the soda. Ignore what the box says about eggs and such.
2. Stir in the butterscotch pudding mix.
3. Bake the cupcakes for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
4. For the icing, beat together the softened butter, butterscotch sauce and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
“I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter —”
“Ah, yes. Harry Potter. Our new — celebrity.”
“Detention, Saturday night, my office,” said Snape. “I do not take cheek from anyone, Potter . . . not even ‘the Chosen One.’”
"And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, as equals, they departed this life."
Happy baking, everybody!