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Madam Rosmerta's Butterbeer cupcakes

In preparing for a Harry Potter-themed party, a staff member this week introduced the rest of us to the wonders of Madam Rosmerta's Butterbeer Cupcakes.

There are no words for describing the luscious, creamy aroma that rolls out when the lid is lifted from the cupcake carrier. If you are a fan of butterscotch, you will not be disappointed.

The "E-Z" version of this recipe, which we sampled, is a bit on the sweet side, but starts with a box mix and can be easily accomplished by teens and younger family members with assistance. http://www.mugglenet.com/misc/rosmertas/butterbeerccbycbaker.shtml

For foodies and cooks who want a challenge, we found another recipe, also at the Harry Potter fansite MuggleNet, which will have you making your own butterscotch ganache filling and your cupcakes from scratch -- http://www.mugglenet.com/misc/rosmertas/butterbeercupcakesbyamy.shtml

On a related note, if you are experiencing Harry Potter withdrawal, now might be a good time to check out Pottermore.com, the immersive online Harry Potter experience.

Designed for readers of all ages, Pottermore offers an interactive way to explore the Harry Potter books online, featuring information about places and people, as well as trivia and behind the scenes information you can uncover along the way by clicking on items hidden in the illustrations.