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Butterbeer Cupcakes

Hello, Harry Potter fan! These butterbeer cupcakes are made with a delicious blend of flavors that create a flavorful butterscotch and vanilla flavor.

These butterscotch cupcakes are frosted with butterscotch buttercream and drizzled with butterscotch sauce.

A brown plate with butterscotch drizzled butterbeer cupcakes.

What’s in Butterbeer?

Contrary to what some may think, there is no beer in butterbeer and it is non-alcoholic. Much like root beer or cream soda, butterbeer is made with butterscotch and vanilla.

Of course, butterbeer can be made alcoholic if you wish for adult parties!

Harry Potter themed butterbeer cupcakes with cold butterbeer.

Harry Potter Cupcakes

Butterbeer is a big thing in the Harry Potter books anytime while visiting The Three Broomsticks Inn. These cupcakes are a yummy treat to share during International Harry Potter Day or during birthday parties.

Your party guests can have the flavorful and wonderful flavors that Harry Potter got to experience for the first time in the third book- Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban.

These butterbeer cupcakes are also a fun surprise for a Harry Potter movie marathon served with some delicious butterbeer and popcorn.

Butterbeer cupcakes in brown wrappers without butterscotch drizzle.

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What Ingredients are in Butterbeer Cupcakes?

  • Butterscotch morsels
  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar, packed
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt
  • Milk
Butterscotch drizzled on a frosted butterbeer cupcake.

What’s in Butterbeer Frosting?

  • Unsalted butter
  • Butterscotch sauce (butterscotch sundae syrup works too if you don’t want to make homemade butterscotcch sauce)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Salt
  • Milk if needed should frosting be too thick for piping
  • Butterscotch sauce for drizzling
A fork with a piece of butterbeer cupcake on a black plate.

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How to Make Butterbeer Cupcakes

Making butterbeer cupcakes is easy and this recipe creates light and fluffy cupcakes that are full of flavor.

Prepare the oven and cupcake pans- Preheat the oven to 375° and line muffin pans with 24 liners or grease the tins.

Melt the butterscotch- In a small saucepan, heat to medium-low and add the water and butterscotch morsels. Stir until melted and remove from heat and allow the butterscotch to cool.


Combine the wet ingredients- In a large bowl, cream together the room temperature eggs and oil. Beat in the granulated sugar and brown sugar until the mixture is creamy.


Add the melted butterscotch- Stir in the melted butterscotch morsels.


Combine the dry ingredients- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Mix the two mixtures- Add half of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, beat slowly. Add half of the milk and repeat until all ingredients are mixed in. Careful not to overbeat – it will cause the cupcakes to be dense.


Bake the butterbeer cupcakes- Fill the muffin tins halfway and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Check with a toothpick to make sure the centers come out clean before removing them from the oven.


Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. If the cupcakes are frosted while they are still warm, the frosting will melt and slide off of the cupcakes.

A wooden round platter with butterscotch cupcakes for Harry Potter Day.

How to make Butterbeer Frosting

Start with room temperature ingredients- Beat the room temperature unsalted butter until creamy. Mix in the butterscotch sauce, vanilla extract, and salt until mixed well.


Add the powdered sugar- Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Add a little at a time to prevent a powdery mess.

Add milk if needed- If the frosting is too thick, add a little milk at a time to make the frosting easy to pipe.

Frost the cupcakes- Frost the cupcakes. I use a piping bag fitted with a 1M piping tip.

Once frosted, drizzle additional butterscotch sauce.

Harry Potter Party

Butterbeer and butterbeer cupcakes are a must at a Harry Potter themed party and to make your party even more special, use cupcake liners to represent your favorite Hogwarts house and stick cupcake toppers in the cupcakes to make them extra special for your party guests.

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A brown cupcake liner peeled away from a butterbeer cupcake with mugs of butterbeer behind it.
Yield: 15 cupcakes

Butterbeer Cupcakes

A brown plate with butterscotch drizzled butterbeer cupcakes.

Hello, Harry Potter fan! These butterbeer cupcakes are made with a delicious blend of flavors that create a flavorful butterscotch and vanilla flavor. These butterscotch cupcakes are frosted with butterscotch buttercream and drizzled with butterscotch sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Butterbeer Frosting

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line muffin tins with 24 liners or grease the tins.
    2. In a small saucepan, heat to medium-low and add the water and butterscotch morsels. Stir until melted and remove from heat.
    3. In a large bowl, cream together the room temperature eggs and vegetable oil.
    4. Beat in the granulated sugar and brown sugar.
    5. Add the melted butterscotch morsels.
    6. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    7. Add half of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, beat slowly.
    8. Add half of the milk and repeat until all ingredients are mixed in. Mix until just incorporated.
    9. Fill the muffin tins halfway and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. (Check with a toothpick for doneness.)
    10. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Butterbeer Frosting

  1. Beat the room temperature unsalted butter until creamy.
  2. Mix in the butterscotch sauce, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar.
  4. If needed, add a little milk to make the frosting easy to pipe.
  5. Once frosted, drizzle additional butterscotch sauce.

Notes

You can substitute homemade butterscotch sauce with bottled butterscotch sundae syrup.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 1gSugar: 66gProtein: 6g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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