Monday, September 19, 2011

Harry Potter's Butterbeer Cupcakes

Perfect for Halloween, a Harry Potter party,
a Fall treat or anytime you are craving
 intense butterscotch,
 these "Butterbeer" cupcakes
are absolutely delicious.

My niece Shaunna is a huge Harry Potter fan and
she saw these on Pinterest and requested I make
them for her.  We had her over to dinner last night
and I surprised her with these butterscotchy delights.

I saw them posted by Farm Girl Recipes
and I just loved the way she presented them on 
the stacked Harry Potter books,
so I tried to recreate
her idea.  We were all reading Harry Potter books at
the same time so I have multiple copies of each one.

She found the recipe on Amy Bites.
Thanks Amy for this yummy recipe.
Definitely a recipe worth trying.

This is butterscotch heaven. 
 If you aren't a fan of
Harry Potter, you might not know that butterbeer
is a non-alcoholic drink the kids have 
when they go into the town of Hogsmeade.

Last year Shaunna and I
 flew on our magical broomsticks to
Universal Studio's 
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
   Click here to find my version
of butterbeer.

Although Farm Girl points out there aren't
actually any butterbeer cupcakes in the
Harry Potter books, I am sure they were
probably on that magical dining table!

The little surprise that I didn't realize 
until I started making the cupcakes is that
each one is plumped full of a butterscotch
ganache made of butterscotch chips and
whipping cream.

It is just ooey gooey goodness inside.

Butterbeer Cupcakes


2  C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. softened butter
1/2 C. dark brown sugar
1/2 C. white sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp butter flavor (found in baking aisle)
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. cream soda

Butterscotch Ganache

11 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips
1 C. heavy whipping cream


1/2 C. softened butter
1/3 C. butterscotch ganache
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. butter flavor
1/8 tsp. salt
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 T. milk (more if needed)

Preheat the oven to 350 and place
12 cupcake liners in muffin pans.

Cupcakes:  Mix the dry ingredients
and set aside.  Cream butter until it is fluffy, then
add the sugars.  Beat until creamy.  Add
eggs one at a time, scraping bowl between
each addition.  Then beat in flavorings.

Alternately beat in your liquids - the
buttermilk and cream soda, with the
dry ingredients, mixing well between
each addition and scraping the bowl down.

Fill cupcake cups 3/4 full.  Bake until tops
spring back about 20 minutes.

Let cool.

While cakes are baking, place the chips
and cream in a microwaveable bowl.  Stir
together.  Heat on high for one minute.  Stir,
then heat in 30 second increments until
the chips are melted.  Let cool until
room temperature.

When cakes are cool, place the cooled ganache
in a squeeze bottle and fill each cupcake until
the ganache begins to come out of the top
of the cupcake.


Beat the butter until fluffy, then add the ganache
and the powdered sugar and flavorings.  Add the
milk a little at a time (a touch more if necessary) 
until the frosting is creamy.

Spoon frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a
large open tip.  Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes,
then drizzle additional ganache on the cupcakes.

Enjoy these rich luscious treats and take
a cue from Farm Girl and get out your
Harry Potter books to display them on.

I will be posting this with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. What a fun way to enjoy a delicious looking cupcake. I'm going to check out Farmgirl Recipes now.

  2. What a great post! The cupcakes look amazing!!

  3. I have to make these for Hallween. My son is an avid Harry Potter fan. These look delicious whether you are a fan or not!

  4. My mouth is watering just looking at the pics! They look incrediable! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Best Cupcakes EVER! I have never tasted a better cupcake in my life. You're the most amazing cook!

  6. These look so good! I wish we could get butterscotch chips in Australia and some of the other ingredients required. Maybe I could find some substitutes. Anyone know of any?

  7. There are days when one of these would just do the trick - turn the day into a sweet treat!

  8. What a fun post! We got to visit the Hogwarts dining room this summer -- the REAL dining room in England -- it was magical!

  9. Such a fun post.. thanks for sharing the recipe, will try next time the granson is down.. hugs ~lynne~

  10. Can i order some???....YAMMIE !!!! from

  11. WOW, Jacqueline!!!!!! FIRST OF ALL, these photos are intense and vivid and rich as the cupcakes!!!! AND YOU MADE THEM FOR YOUR NIECE? They must be a delight to eat for that surprise SHOT of butterscotch in the center must make one smile as you bite into it....I have NOT HAD BUTTERSCOTCH in years!

    Thank you for visiting me and for your support about my art. Funny how things have worked out over the years; I had literally forgotten that I used to draw, but BLOGLAND FRIENDS brought it back. My problem now is to get better, but school keeps me so busy and tired!

    I hope your FALL is magical and that your recipes enchant us all!!! HAPPY DAY, Anita

  12. These cupcakes look so amazing...and the recipe made my mouth water. Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation!

  13. So fun! The cupcakes look so yummy. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  14. I have 4 little boys that would love them..and the mugs and set decor:) Applause:)

  15. Jacqueline,

    I was thinking about you yesterday and you came to my blog! That's so interesting!

    This looks yummy, but that's obvious when it comes to your posts!!! :-)

    I will have to show this to my kids. They'll love it!

    I hope you're feeling great! I'm doing well. Only more 10 weeks to go!

    Have a great day!


    Luciane at

  16. Jacqueline,

    I was thinking about you yesterday and you came to my blog! That's so interesting!

    This looks yummy, but that's obvious when it comes to your posts!!! :-)

    I will have to show this to my kids. They'll love it!

    I hope you're feeling great! I'm doing well. Only more 10 weeks to go!

    Have a great day!


    Luciane at

  17. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. It totally makes my day! And I'm so glad your niece found these beauties on pinterest (love that site) and that you loved them as much as we did :)!!

    The Farm Girl

  18. What a great item for Halloween, kids and adults alike will love it! Anne

  19. YUMMY! What a wonderful recipe. Butterscotch is my husband's favorite too!

  20. You are such a good aunt! Your Butterbeer cupcakes look mouthwateringly delicious! Yours are decorated perfectly. I love to have a lick of that butterscotch and frosting!

  21. Your niece is one lucky girl! I'm sure the Harry Potter fans at my house would love your cupcakes.

  22. These look so fun and full of carmel goodness. I love the cupcakes stacked on the books! Shaunna is too spoiled. I am making a list of things for you to make too:). Come down in October with a carload! Joni

  23. Very creative post, with super photography, Jacqueline. Better yet, the cupcakes look delicious!
    Hugs, Beth

  24. Each time I see these I wished I'd already baked some.. thank you for swinging in to say hello. hugs ~lynne~

  25. Oh wow...these look amazingly delicious! :D

  26. How is it that I always land on your posts and am tickled to find it's you! The whole idea of the cupcakes is a delight. Now I just have to figure out how to make them gluten free. Not all my efforts have been very successful. I can't wait to go to Wizarding World. Was it as good as I hope it will be?

  27. Ummm i brought you all my Alice treats how come I didnt get a butterbeer cupcake? Now im depressed! Just joking, but I love the idea and they look scrumptious!

  28. Hi, of course these cakes were on the magical dining could they not be...they look delicious...Dzintra

  29. I can't wait to send the link to my daughter! She grew up with Harry Potter and even took a class in college on good old Harry. Even though she works for Disney...she bought her Universal pass the minute the Harry Potter part opened!

  30. They look delish! My granddaughter would adore these. The photos are beautiful!


  31. Whoa! Those are gorgeous! I am putting them on my list. Can't wait to try a "real" Butterbeer next week. Love your blog by the way - it is really beautiful.

  32. These sound soooo delicious! These are going on my list for when I'm a hosstess for my stamp club in November and have to bring a treat!


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