As a Potterhead and foodie, I decided to combine my two loves by creating my own adaptation from several Butterbeer cupcake recipes I found, which required you to make them from scratch. If your baking level is on the same playing field as Neville Longbottom’s potion-making skills, or if you don’t have a time turner, then you’ll find this recipe to be a piece of (cup)cake.

Whether you bake them for holiday parties or for something to do while you eagerly await the Fantastic Beasts premiere next year, I guarantee they will leave behind some magic in your mouth. Always.

The Cupcake

  • Prep Time:25 minutes (including cool time before frosting)
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:20-24 cupcakes
  • Easy


  • Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (canola also works)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cream soda
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF, and line the cupcake tin.

  • Step 2

    Follow directions on cake mix box (instead of 1 cup water, reduce to 1/2 cup). Melt butterscotch morsels and add to batter, along with cream soda. Mix all together.

  • Step 3

    Place about 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of batter into the prepared cupcake tin.

  • Step 4

    Bake for time directed on the cake box (about 15 minutes), and let them cool for about 20 minutes before frosting.

Butterbeer Frosting

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:20-24 cupcakes
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream soda
  • Powdered sugar
  • Leftover butterscotch morsels
  • Step 1

    Cream the butter, and gradually add in powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time) until desired taste and consistency. If needed, add a tablespoon of cream soda.

    #SpoonTip: This much butter will make just enough for a thin layer of frosting (as shown in the photos). Add more butter if you like thicker layers of frosting.

  • Step 2

    Frost the cupcakes and add desired toppings. I like to use leftover butterscotch morsels and butterscotch ice cream topping.

    #SpoonTip: Melt leftover butterscotch morsels and drizzle on top with a fork.