Butterbeer Cupcakes

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This recipe from The Domestic Rebel is for all the Harry Potter fans.  Yes, Butterbeer Cupcakes, you are not dreaming.  I suppose I should admit to only seeing one Harry Potter movie but anything with “butter” in the name catches my attention. But even if you’re like me and a Harry Potter virgin, you will still love the rich butterscotch flavor of these cupcakes.  You can just call them Butterbeer Cupcakes to impress your friends (or kids!) who are Harry Potter fans.

Butterbeer Cupcakes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 bottle butterscotch soda (if you can’t find butterscotch soda, use one can/one bottle of cream soda)
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • ¾ cups butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp butterscotch sundae sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Gold Sixlets
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • White Grapefruit Gummies (if you can’t find these either, use yellow Laffy Taffy!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and the soda– NOTHING ELSE! Beat with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until well combined. Stir in the butterscotch pudding mix. Evenly distribute the batter among the muffin tins, filling about ⅔” full.
  3. Bake the cupcakes for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the softened butter, butterscotch sauce and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes. Adorn with a broomstick and a golden snitch. Serve immediately.
  6. TO MAKE THE BROOMSTICKS, attach the pointed tip of a grapefruit gummy to a pretzel rod using a little melted chocolate. Let them stand at room temperature to harden. If you’d like a more authentic broomstick look, brush the gummy with edible brown luster dust. If you cannot find grapefruit gummies, gently flatten a banana Laffy Taffy candy with the heel of your hand and cut strips about halfway through the longest side to create the fringe. Wrap the Laffy Taffy around the pretzel rod and secure with chocolate if needed.



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