Skip to Content

Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcake Recipe

This Harry Potter inspired Butterbeer Cupcake Recipe is the BEST! A rich butterscotch cupcake topped with sweetened whipped cream makes these perfect for any witch or wizard!

Butterbeer Cupcakes

In case you were not aware, tomorrow is Harry Potter (and J.K Rowling’s) birthday!

As a self proclaimed Harry Potter fan I have decided that we MUST celebrate every year. Even if it is more just a reason for us to eat cake! The good news is that my seven year old is right on board with this idea, while my husband chooses to ignore us both as we run around the house in Hogwarts House Ties and Homemade Wizard Wands shouting spells at each other.

Adding to my ultimate obsession with wizard geekdom, I made these cupcakes.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcake Recipe

How to make butterbeer cupcakes

To sum the recipe up in one word… DREAMY. The Harry Potter inspired recipe is incredibly indulgent and delicious. 

What is butterbeer?

If you have ever read the books, seen the movies, or visited Harry Potter world you most likely have noticed butterbeer.

It is a staple in the wizarding world and easily one of our favorite flavors. The best way to explain is liquid butterscotch. It’s served hot or frozen and is one of our favorite treats to share.

To capture that flavor in this recipe I created a butterscotch cake, butterscotch filling, and topped it all off with a butterscotch whipped cream. The end result is a light and moist cake with just the right amount of butterscotch flavor.

Butterbeer Cupcake Recipe

Seriously. I rarely eat more than one cupcake but my husband had to save me from myself and hide these. It was the absolute perfect combination of sweet and not-too-sweet. You just can’t help yourself!

Butterbeer cupcake ingredients:

  • Butterscotch baking chips
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy cream

How to make Butterbeer Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Combine  butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl with the water. Heat until melted making sure to stir every 20 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large measuring bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the butter and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Slowly stir in the slightly cooled melted butterscotch mixture. Fold in the dry ingredients with the 1 cup of milk until incorporated.
  5. Divide between your prepared pan and bake 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  6. Place butterscotch chips in a glass bowl. In a saucepan heat heavy cream until just simmering. Pour over your chips and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Fill each cupcake with the mixture making sure to reserve some for the frosting.
  7. Place a clean mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes. Once chilled whisk heavy cream with your butterscotch filling until fluffy. Pipe onto your cupcakes and enjoy.
Butterbeer cupcake recipe on One Sweet Appetite

Like this recipe? You will love my:

This recipe was originally published July 30, 2016.

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

These Harry Potter inspired Butterbeer Cupcakes are the BEST! A rich butterscotch cupcake topped with sweetened whipped cream makes these perfect for any witch or wizard!

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cup butterscotch baking chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy cream, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Combine 2/3 cup butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl with the water. Heat until melted making sure to stir every 20 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large measuring bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the butter and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Slowly stir in the slightly cooled melted butterscotch mixture. Fold in the dry ingredients with the 1 cup of milk until incorporated.
  5. Divide between your prepared pan and bake 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  6. Place the 1 cup of butterscotch chips in a glass bowl. In a saucepan heat 1/2 cup heavy cream until just simmering. Pour over your chips and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Fill each cupcake with 1 tablespoon of the mixture making sure to reserve 3 tablespoons for the frosting.
  7. Place a clean mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes. Once chilled whisk 2 cups heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of your butterscotch filling until fluffy. Pipe onto your cupcakes and enjoy.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Pin for later:
These Harry Potter inspired Butterbeer Cupcakes are the BEST! A rich butterscotch cupcake topped with sweetened whipped cream makes these perfect for any witch or wizard!

Still hungry? Follow One Sweet Appetite on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest for more great recipe ideas!

Previous
DIY Harry Potter Photo Booth
Next
Iced Vanilla Latte

Clark

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Can I make this a cake? What amount of time at what temperature?

Jesseca

Thursday 30th of July 2020

I'm sure you could. However, I have never done it and would not be able to suggest times and temperatures.

Jenna

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Can I use 2% milk or does it have to be whole?

Jesseca

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

You could use 2%. I wouldn't go any lower in %.

Taylor

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Do you use heavy whipped steam or whipping cream?

Jesseca

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Great question! Both are essentially the same thing, so you can't go wrong with either. Whipping cream tends to be a little quicker to form vs regular heavy cream. I've used both with success.

Taylor

Saturday 19th of October 2019

I meant cream not steam

Heidi McIndoo

Monday 24th of June 2019

Hi How do you fill the cupcakes. Directions simply say to fill them. Wondering if you squeeze the filling in or cut out part of the cupcake or what? Picture looks like you cut out a part but the comments ask how you piped them and not sure if they mean frosting or filling. Thank you . Look forward to trying.

Jesseca

Monday 24th of June 2019

Hi Heidi, You can see a full tutorial on how I fill my cupcakes here: https://onesweetappetite.com/fill-cupcake/

Thanks for that great question!

Michelle

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Can these be refrigerated for 3 days once they are finished? Thank you.

Jesseca

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Freshly baked cupcakes will keep well for about 1 week in the fridge when properly stored; when refrigerating, cover with foil or plastic wrap to prevent cupcakes from drying out.

shares