“Hunger Games” Nightlock Cupcake

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Nightlock Cupcakes (aka Blueberry Cupcakes)

In time for the premiere of the “Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1”, I want to share my first MovieMunchies -post with you.

But first things first, what are MovieMunchies ?

MovieMunchies  are a popular tradidtion in my family. Basically, it means that whenever you watch a movie or series you try to find snacks and munchies that go with the theme of or the food in the movie itself (bought, baked, cooked – whatever floats your boat). This may sound tricky and complicated, but in fact it is mostly very easy and fun!

Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of sitting in front of the TV or in the movie theater and watching the characters eat the tastiest things and all you would like to do in that moment is jump right in and join them!?! Well, this will never happen to you again, because now you will always have the perfect snack right at hand…

Regularly I will post suitable MovieMunchies -ideas and baking instructions for your next movie night. Maybe MovieMunchies will soon be a popular tradition among you, your friends and family as well.

Now let’s get started….FilmlogoIn order for you to take part in the rebellion against the Capitol, next time you watch “Hunger Games”, you can prove if you too would eat the deadly nightlock berries to resist the Capitol.

Nightlockberries from the movie “Hunger Games”

Who dares to take a bite of a Nightlock Cupcake?

Nightlock Cupcake

With this delicious Blueberry Cupcake recipe surely everybody will! 🙂

Let’s start baking!

For the Blueberry Cupcake batter (makes 12 cupcakes) you will need:

  • 115g buttercupcake zutaten
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs (M)
  • 30ml milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 115g cake flour
  • 4g baking powder
  • 120g frozen blueberries

Once you have all the ingredients and equipment ready, turn your oven to 350°Fahrenheit/180°Celsius air circulation (390°Fahrenheit/200°Celsius bottom and top heat) and position 12 muffin liners in your baking tray.

Cream the butter, sugar and salt in a bowl with your electric whisk. The butter mixture should be light and fluffy. In a seperate bowl, combine eggs, vanilla extract and milk and whisk lightly. Slowly add the egg mixture to the butter mixture beating on high.

Sift (or don’t sift) flour and baking powder and fold in the butter mixture using a spatula until the batter becomes smooth. Lastly, add the frozen blueberries directly out of the freezer and stir them in. Be quick, or your whole batter will be of a blueish color!

Fill the batter into the muffin liners and bake for approx. 20 minutes until lightly browned. Poke a toothpick in the center of the largest cupcake and if it comes out clean without raw dough on it, the cupcakes are ready.

For the syrup (optional!) you will need:

  • 30ml water
  • 30g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Put water and sugar into a pot and boil until all sugar granules have dissolved and the syrup has thickened a little bit. Set the pot aside and give it some time to cool. Then add the vanilla extract.

Coat the still warm cupcakes twice with the syrup using a silicone brush.

For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting you will need:

  • 175g buttericing zutaten
  • 250g powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • green food coloring
  • ca. 100g bluberries

Put the butter in a bowl and add the sifted!!! (dough-nay, frosting-yay) powdered sugar in two portions. Whisk on high! Add the vanilla extract. The frosting should not be too stiff (add milk/heavy cream) or too thin (add more softed powdtime to dyeered sugar).

Now, it’s time to dye!

I usually rely on the Wilton gel colors (you can buy these on ebay). I would not recommend liquid food colors, because the colors are not as intense and they can tremedously alter the consistency of your icing. Dip a toothpick into the color container (every dip a new, clean toothpick) and drag it through the buttercream – Careful: These colors are very intense! As soon as you reached the desired shade of green, stop adding any more color and make sure that all the icing is colored thoroughly (scrape the sides and whisk again).

When your buttercream is ready, fill it into a piping bag equipped with a leaf tip.

Fill your green frosting into a piping bag with leaf tip.

Now let’s get decorating: Hold the leaf tip horizontal to the cupcake. Move in a finger’s width from the side, touch the cupcake and start squeezing the piping bag. The frosting should easily flow from the tip and as soon as the first leaf has the desired form and is big enough, stop squeezing and pull the bag across the muffin liner and away. Voila! Your first leaf is done. Cotinue making leafs this way in a circle. The leafs should touch and overlap. Once the outer circle is complete, continue in the same manner with a second and innermost circle always moving a bit farther in. Do not bother if there is a little unfrosted spot in the center of your cupcake, because this will be covered up with blueberries, erm nightlock, at the end.

Blätter aufspritzen
step by step to create a Nightlock Cupcake

Lastly, place three blueberries (washed) in the center of your cupcake to finish it off. Repeat with every cupcake.

The cupcakes can be eaten immediately or stored in the fridge (cooling will allow the buttercream to set, which makes them less fragile) until the movie starts and it is serving time. 🙂

These cupcakes will be the hit of your next “Hunger Games”-movie night or “Hunger Games”-themed party!

Now I am very well aware that there is not always enough time to bake/cook for every movie night, therefore I’d suggest the folowing quick alternatives:

Pure nightlock – healthy and tasty!
Haribo Berries – use your imagination to turn it into a bag of nightlock!

As Effie Trinket of “Hunger Games” would say: May the odds be ever in your favor and have a baketastic baking day, 😉

Your Backdirndl


UPDATE-REVIEW: Yesterday (20.11.2014) I went to see the movie “Mockingjay -Part 1” and I can tell you it is soo exciting!

mockingjay kartenEven though the 3. part of the series does go into a rather different direction – instead of another teen-love-trinagle action romance the movie takes on a more grim and serious anti-war note. Nevertheless, the movie is amazing – gripping from the very first second down to the last one, it sends out a very clear message with powerful war and propaganda scenes, which couldn’t be more realistic.

Honestly, I cannot imagine waiting another YEAR for the last part to come out, because I really want to know how the movie will continue (even though I actually read the books and already know the ending).

My advice: Go see the movie … yesterday! You don’t wanna miss it!


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