Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes Recipe

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

Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • Yellow cupcakes
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Pour in the milk one Tbsp. at a time until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. You may not need it all.
  4. Frost the yellow cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
  5. Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles generously on top of the frosting.

Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

…the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came–a loud knock.

-The Hobbit

Buttered Scones - A Hobbit Recipe

Here we are revisiting Bilbo’s “Unexpected Party” again. It’s a good thing those dwarves were so hungry, or else we wouldn’t have so many yummy foods to emulate!

Hot buttered scones are one of the simpler menu items at this party, but I wanted to get the recipe right, so I did some research. I’ve never been to the UK, but apparently those triangular things you get from cafes here in the US aren’t authentic scones. In fact, “real” scones seem to be a great deal similar to what we in America call “biscuits,” only sweeter. I found this recipe for Afternoon Tea Scones written by someone who actually used to live in the UK and goes back to visit often, so I knew it had to be authentic! I adapted the recipe slightly to better fit the narrative of The Hobbit.

Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter, for brushing

Directions

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. Cut the butter into several small pieces, and drop the pieces into the flour mixture.
  3. Using your fingers, rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until it forms a crumbly texture.
  4. Add the egg and buttermilk, and mix until just combined.
  5. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and pat it into a flat disk, about 1/2 an inch high.
  6. Cut out scones in a circular shape. You can use a circle cookie or biscuit cutter, but I just used a drinking glass.
  7. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  8. Brush the scones with melted butter.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until the scones turn golden brown.

These yummy scones are a great simple pleasure. Enjoy them with butter, jam, clotted cream, or whatever you fancy. Hopefully you won’t have to share them with any dwarves!

 

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Bifur’s Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Bifur's Apple Tart - The Hobbit Recipe

When Bilbo finds himself hosting an “unexpected party” of dwarves (plus one wizard), he scurries around gathering food items to serve his guests. As each dwarf appears on his doorstep, he requests a new food item. Bifur requests “raspberry jam and apple tart.”

Though in the context of the book, I think Bifur was asking for raspberry jam and apple tart separately, I decided to combine them! When I found this recipe for a rustic apple tart, it called for a few Tablespoons of apricot preserves. When I read this, I knew instantly that I wanted to incorporate Bifur’s request and change the apricot preserves to raspberry jam.

The resulting apple tart turned out beautifully. The red color of the jam made the tart more visually stunning, and it added a depth of flavor that made me want to eat this entire apple tart in one sitting.

Bifur’s Raspberry Jam and Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/3 cup ice-cold water
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam, melted

Directions

  1. Add the 1 1/2 cups of flour, the salt, and the cold butter to a food processor, and pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
  2. Add the cold water, and pulse for a few more seconds until combined (the mixture will still be a bit crumbly).
  3. Pour the crumbly dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a few seconds until the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Flatted the ball of dough, and roll it out in a round shape until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Place the dough round onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp. of sugar with 1 Tbsp. of flour.
  7. Sprinkle the sugar/flour mixture onto the dough round.
  8. Place the apple slices on top of the flour/sugar mixture. Arrange them in a circular overlapping pattern, leaving a couple inches of dough free around the edges.
  9. Fold over the edges of the dough, overlapping the apples a bit.
  10. Brush the melted butter on top of the apples.
  11. Sprinkle the top of the tart with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of sugar.
  12. Chill the tart in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  13. Bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour. If the tart starts to get too brown before the hour is up, place a layer of aluminum foil on top to keep it from burning.
  14. Brush the melted raspberry jam on top of the cooked tart, and allow it to cool slightly.

This apple tart was so easy to make, but it still looked beautiful and tasted amazing. It made me want to plan a trip to the Misty Mountains. If only…

 

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Bilbo Baggins’ Seed Cake Recipe – The Hobbit

“…I don’t mind some cake—seed-cake, if you have any.”

“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering…and he found himself scuttling off…to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel.

-The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins Seedcake Recipe Hobbit Lord of the Rings

Here we go with another recipe from my very favorite book of all time. I’ve seen and tried many recipes for Bilbo’s seed cake and have never liked them much. Most recipes out there are very authentic to the type of seed cake that Tolkien likely meant, which is caraway seed cake. I think it’s wonderful that these food bloggers and cookbook authors want to be authentic, but I much prefer poppy seed cake to caraway seed cake.

Years ago, when the first Hobbit movie came to theaters, Denny’s ran a promotion in which they offered a Hobbit-themed menu. Being the total nerds that we are, my husband and I drove 45 minutes to the nearest Denny’s just to eat Hobbit food! One of the items on the menu was French-toasted lemon poppy seed cake with a cream cheese glaze. It was so yummy!

For my recipe, I decided to go somewhere in between the authentic caraway seed cake and the totally inauthentic lemon poppy seed French toast, and I found a great sweet spot! I adapted this recipe for poppy seed cake from Food Network.

Bilbo Baggins’ Seed Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into a round cake pan (or several round cake pans if you’re making smaller cakes).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until done in the middle.

When I took these cute round cakes out of the oven, I really felt like a hobbit! And I had just as much fun eating the cake as I did making it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

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Clotted Cream – Three Methods – The Hobbit

In The Hobbit, Beorn serves clotted cream to Bilbo and friends while they’re staying at his house. As an American, clotted cream is not something you can usually just buy off any old shelf, so I researched how to make my own. I found several different clotted cream recipes at Fearless Fresh. I decided to share some of my favorites with you so that you can decide which one works best for you. As a side note, the recipe says to not use ultra-pasteurized heavy cream, but that was all I could find, no matter how many stores I went to. I used ultra-pasteurized, and it turned out fine, though I admit it probably would have been better with non-ultra-pasteurized cream.

Serve clotted cream with your Hobbit feast
Serve clotted cream with your Hobbit feast

Clotted Cream – Three Methods

  1. Quick Devonshire Cream – This is one of the quickest ways to make clotted cream, though some may say that it isn’t as good as the other methods. This is the one I used for this menu, and I thought it turned out great. It’s a little runnier than the other methods, which produce thicker cream, but flavor is all there.
  2. Slow Cooker Method – This method takes longer but has a richer result. Be careful to check in on it every once in a while, though, to make sure that the cream is not burning on the edges.
  3. Buy jarred clotted cream. Okay, this is kind of cheating, but it’s definitely the easiest way, especially living in the United States, where it’s hard to find the proper ingredients. You can either buy it from a specialty store, or you can find a jar online and have it shipped to you. This will definitely be the most expensive option, though.

There you have it. If you’re looking to serve up a Hobbit meal and need some clotted cream to serve with scones or honey cakes, there are several ways you can accomplish it. Enjoy!

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Beorn’s Twice-Baked Honey Cakes – The Hobbit

When I decided to do a full menu based on the food that Beorn provides for the company in The Hobbit, I knew that twice-baked honey cakes had to be on the menu. As I was researching, I found many different versions of the honey cake recipe, but a lot of them were not very true to the book. They either were not twice baked, as the book states, or they had frosting and other messy things on them that would not travel well. And these cakes, after all, were created in the book specifically with travel in mind.

Beorn's Twice-Baked Honey Cakes are perfect for adventures!
Beorn’s Twice-Baked Honey Cakes are perfect for adventures!

Finally, I found a couple recipes that were perfect. I based my recipe for Beorn’s twice-baked honey cakes on these two recipes from Food in Literature and Kitchen Overlord. I used elements from both these recipes and made a few adjustments of my own to come up with the following recipe:

Beorn’s Twice-Baked Honey Cakes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Extra honey, as a glaze

Directions

  1. Mix the softened butter and the honey together until well incorporated.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and blend well.
  6. Shape the dough into small cakes (I used a brownie edge pan, pictured below. Best invention ever!)twice-baked-cakes
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  8. Take the cakes out of the pan and place them on a cookie sheet.
  9. Brush the tops of the cakes with honey, and let the honey soak in for a minute.
  10. Bake the cakes for 10 more minutes on each side.

The honey will harden into a sweet glaze as it bakes, and the cakes will have a nice firm crust, perfect for taking with you on adventures. I believe these cakes are something Beorn himself would be proud of!

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Beorn’s Traveling Provisions – The Hobbit Menu

“…and he would lade them with food to last them for weeks with care, and packed so as to be as easy as possible to carry–nuts, flour, sealed jars of dried fruits, and red earthenware pots of honey, and twice-baked cakes that would keep good a long time, and on a little of which they could march far. The making of these was one of his secrets; but honey was in them…and they were good to eat, though they made one thirsty.”

-The Hobbit, page 132

Be prepared for any adventure with this Hobbit menu
Be prepared for any adventure with this Hobbit menu

The Hobbit is my very favorite book of all time. I love the simple beauty of this story, so I am incredibly excited to bring you the first of what I hope to be many Hobbit menus. Hobbits love to eat, and so Tolkien write about several feasts and types of foods throughout The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

In The Hobbit, Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarf company stop and rest on their journey for a time with Beorn. For those of you who have not read the book or seen the movie (and why not?!), Beorn is a sort of part bear, part human (though he is much more than that, this is the simplest explanation for those of you not familiar with the story). Because of this, a lot of the foods he cooks include honey.

When the company leaves Beorn’s house to continue their adventure, Beorn loads up their horses with lots of traveling provisions. Based on the snippet from the book quoted above, I’ve created the following menu.

Beorn’s Traveling Provisions – The Hobbit Menu

  • Bread
  • Honey -It’s important to use a good, high-quality honey for this, since it’s such a prominent aspect of the menu. If you’ve only ever eaten grocery store honey, you won’t believe the taste difference when you try a high-quality honey! Good honey is one of life’s simple pleasures, and I think Beorn would agree.
  • Butter
  • Clotted Cream
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Twice-Baked Honey Cakes

I included bread and clotted cream, because those foods are mentioned earlier in the story as things that are served to Bilbo and company while staying at Beorn’s house.

Stay tuned for a recipe for twice-baked honey cakes, and a post all about clotted cream. The rest of the provisions you can easily buy at any grocery store. I bought honey roasted nuts, of course, since that fits in with Beorn’s theme. Gather your supplies and get ready for an adventure with this Hobbit menu!

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