It has been remarked by some that hobbits’ only real passion is for food—a rather unfair observation, as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe weed.
-The Fellowship of the Ring-
There are few movies that I like equally as well as the books from which they were adapted. The Lord of the Rings fits nicely into that category, though. I adore these movies just as much as the books, and I think it’s because they capture the spirit of the books so well.
One of my favorite scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring is the chapter titled, “Concerning Hobbits.” This scene makes me feel all warm and snuggly. The Shire is one of my favorite lands in Middle Earth, and I’ve given a lot of thought as to why that is. I think I love the concept that beauty and contentment can be found in a simple life. I feel like I can identify a lot with hobbits. “Where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet.” There’s nothing I like more than getting cozy in the peace and quiet of my own home with a select few close friends and family. But, I do love a good adventure once in a while to shake things up, which is probably why Bilbo Baggins is one of my very favorite literary characters of all time. He’s a got an adventurous side that’s tempered a bit by his introversion. Just like me!
In the “Concerning Hobbits” scene, we see the hobbits setting up for Bilbo’s birthday party. Among these preparations, a hobbit snatches a cupcake off a tray being carried to the party. I wanted to recreate these cupcakes as an ode to one of my favorite scenes in The Lord of the Rings.
Now, I have a confession to make: I am terrible at making cakes from scratch. I mean, absolutely terrible. This is something I’m working on, but I’m still not confident enough in making cakes to provide you with an elaborate cake recipe here on this blog. I usually just stick with boxed cake mixes, so for this recipe I’ll just say to use either a boxed yellow cake mix or your favorite yellow cake recipe.
On the other hand, I love making frosting from scratch, so you’ll find my favorite chocolate frosting recipe below. Combine the yellow cupcakes with this frosting and some rainbow sprinkles, and you’ve got cupcakes fit for any eleventy-first birthday party.
Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe
- Yellow cupcakes
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth.
- Add the vanilla.
- Pour in the milk one Tbsp. at a time until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. You may not need it all.
- Frost the yellow cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
- Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles generously on top of the frosting.