Easy Butterbeer Cupcakes Recipe

You can make this butterbeer cupcake recipe with a delicious drizzle and you will go down in Potterhead history! These decadent cupcakes are a must for any Harry Potter party and they are pretty easy to put together.

This butterbeer recipe is rich and bursting with flavor and it will be like the Evanesco spell: gone in a flash! Let’s make easy cupcake recipe together.

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These Butterbeer Cupcakes are an easy dessert idea for your next Harry Potter party.

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Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are always up for a new Harry Potter dessert idea. We love to eat a delicious snack as much as we would love a ride on the Hogwarts Express™.

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Just like a great plot line in our favorite Harry Potter book, we appreciate just about any recipe with a butterbeer flavor. There is something to be said about that sweet butterscotch-based treat that we cannot get enough of.

So far, I’ve made this butterbeer fudge recipe and these jaw-dropping butterbeer hot cocoa bombs. But I’m not done yet…

If you are throwing a Harry Potter party and wearing your designated house colors or watching your favorite movie for the umpteenth time and rooting for your favorite Hogwarts house, you don’t want to disappoint when it comes to the snacks. Lucky for all of us that these cupcakes are here to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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Make these Butterbeer Cupcakes for your next Harry Potter movie night.

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Tips for Making These Delicious and Easy Cupcakes

  1. If you want to cut back on the “sweet” in this recipe, cut the pudding mix in half and substitute half of the cream soda for a plain soda, milk, or heavy cream.
  2. For that “from scratch” taste in no time, substitute the dry ingredients like flour and baking powder in the recipe for a yellow cake mix. Be sure to add the required ingredients the boxed mix calls for.
  3. Either from scratch or from a box mix, these cupcakes are sweet, rich, and dense. Double up on the quality cupcake liners to lend a little extra support. They’ll look better and avoid any unsightly stains coming through.
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Our Butterbeer Cupcakes are a favorite Harry Potter-themed Dessert.

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Ingredients for This Harry Potter-Inspired Dessert

If making the cupcakes from scratch, you’ll need all of the following. Please make adjustments if using a boxed mix. You can also start with my viral, “Lazy Girl’s Vanilla Cupcake Recipe.”

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  • Large eggs, room temperature
  • White granulated sugar
  • Salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Dry, instant butterscotch pudding
  • Cream soda
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butterscotch sauce

Each step is detailed below so it’s easy to follow. Keep this page open as you create the recipe. If you would like to work from a printable recipe, just scroll down and select the print button.

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Notes on Baking Cupcakes

  1. Whenever you bake, always use an oven thermometer to get an accurate reading for your recipes. Even on a brand-new appliance, temperatures can vary and you don’t want an under or overcooked cupcake.
  2. Turn the pans mid-way through the baking process. I set my timer for 8-9 minutes, rotate the muffin pan 180 degrees, and then bake for an additional 7-8 minutes or until they are ready. Also, be sure to cool completely before trying to frost your cupcakes.
  3. When making any baked goods, use accurate measurements. Because most dessert recipes use a leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder, the chemical reaction between that and the other ingredients is crucial for proper rising. Changing an amount by just half a teaspoon could spell disaster for your recipe.

More Harry Potter Recipes You Might Like to Make

  • Butterbeer Hot Cocoa Bombs Recipe – This butterbeer-flavored treat is as fun to make as it is to eat. With a little help from an adult, the kids can even help with this one. What a fun substitute for a Potterhead polyjuice potion
  • Harry Potter Dragon Egg Cake Balls are Too Fun – This unique Harry Potter-inspired dessert is sure to impress adults as well as kids. Be ready to share this recipe with your friends and family alike, especially if they are looking for great party food for their Harry Potter party idea.
  • Harry Potter Popcorn – A Healthy Caramel Popcorn Kids Love – Who said healthy couldn’t be delicious? With this healthy kid’s snack idea, moms will be saying yes to seconds of this Harry Potter food idea. Sure beats eating those chocolate frogs, huh?

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These Butterbeer Cupcakes are perfect for your Harry Potter-themed dessert table.
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Butterbeer Cupcakes Recipe

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This easy-to-make Butterbeer Cupcake recipe is the perfect snack for your Harry Potter movie night or add to your Hogwarts-themed dessert table.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 31 minutes


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 stick salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 (3.4 oz )package dry instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 cup cream soda
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butterscotch sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered confectioner’s sugar


  1. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing, add the softened butter and vanilla. Using an electric stand or hand mixer, beat together for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs and granulated sugar until creamy. Next, mix in the brown sugar.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl, alternating
    with the cream soda. Mix until just incorporated, but do not over-mix.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop, add batter to the lined muffin pan, filling each cavity 2/3 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when touched. Allow cupcakes to cool completely (about an hour) before frosting.
  7. While the cupcakes are cooling, add the butter to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat until creamy
    (about 2 minutes).
  8. Mix in the butterscotch sauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until combined.
  9. Mix in the powdered confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  10. Fill a prepared piping bag with the frosting and frost the cupcakes. Drizzle with the butterscotch sauce.


See additional notes in the article.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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