House Sorting Cupcakes

House Sorting Cupcakes

Tina
This recipe was created in anticipation of the worldwide Harry Potter Book Night. Made with a cream filling and vanilla buttercream, these fun treats are a delicious way to sort guests into Hogwarts Houses on the fly. They're also a wonderful conversation starter at any Potter-themed event.
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 24 cupcakes
  • food coloring red, green, yellow, blue

Cream Filling

  • 1/2 cup milk whole
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar (not powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Cream Filling

  • In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk until smooth. Heat, stirring constantly, until very thick, thicker than pudding.
  • Remove and allow to cool fully. Placing the pan in an ice bath will speed up the process.
  • Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy in mixer. Add vanilla extract.
  • Once cool, add heated mixture to creamed butter mixture and beat until fluffy. When finished, it will look like thick whipped cream.
  • Divide filling between four bowls and tint one for each of the House colors. Fill one piping bag (filled with a round tip) with each color.
  • Stick the piping tip down into each cupcake and squeeze. There is enough filling when the cupcake puffs up a bit. Adding too much will cause the cupcake to crack open. Alternate colors as desired.

Vanilla Buttercream

  • In a large bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter for 3 minutes.
  • Beat in sugar and salt.
  • Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and whisk on high for 4 minutes, until fluffy. If frosting is too thick, add more cream, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Swirl on top of cupcakes, taking care to cover any hints of the color inside.
  • Decorate cupcakes, if desired.

Notes

  • Tina created this recipe with the assistance of Bakingdom for the buttercream recipe.

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