Butterbeer Cupcakes

By on June 16th, 2011 . Filed under: Cupcake Ideas, Recipes .

I have a confession to make, I am a Harry Potter fan.  I have read all the books, seen all the movies, and want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park.  One of the reasons I want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is because I have always wanted to try butterbeer, even though it is a fictitious drink.  If you’re at all like me you might want to try out this recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes.  The recipe comes from AmyBites who was lucky enough to get to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  Click “continue reading” for the recipe!

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Makes 18


For the cupcakes:


2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

3 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon butter flavoring

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup cream soda


For the ganache:


1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips

1 cup heavy cream


For the buttercream frosting:


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup butterscotch ganache

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon butter flavoring

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 16-oz. package powdered sugar

Splash of milk or cream (as needed)


For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, cream your butter until light and fluffy. Add your sugars and beat until well-combined. Beat in your eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then beat in your vanilla and butter flavoring.


Alternate adding your buttermilk, cream soda, and dry ingredients in batches until all are well incorporated. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full, then bake for 15 to 17 minutes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and cake springs back to the touch. Cool completely on wire racks.


For butterscotch filling: In a double boiler (heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove), combine butterscotch chips and heavy cream and stir until completely combined and smooth. Cool to room temperature. Fill a squeeze bottle with ganache and insert into the center of each cupcake, squeezing until filling begins to overflow.


For buttercream frosting: Cream butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add in ganache, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt and mix until well combined. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until reaching desired consistency. Add milk or cream by the Tablespoon as needed. Frost cupcakes and top with a drizzle of butterscotch ganache.


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3 Responses to Butterbeer Cupcakes

  1. Chantel


  2. Miranda

    I’m a Harry potter fan too and would really love to go to the theme park but this recipe will definently give me just a taste of what’s to come!

  3. Chelsea

    Hmmm…how do you think these would turn out if I substituted Butterscotch Schnapps for some of the liquid in the cupcakes AND the frosting? I could be onto something…

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