one last trip to hogsmeade. [butterbeer cupcakes w. butterscotch ganache filling & butterscotch frosting]

July 14th, 2011 by | comments

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan–meaning yes, I’ll be at the midnight showing tonight. So, when my friend Molly asked me yesterday if I wanted to make butterbeer cupcakes in honor of the movie release, you can bet that I sacrificed missing my favorite workout class to make these delectable treats.

The texture of the cake was fluffy and moist, and made even better with the gooey butterscotch filling and silky frosting. Though delicious, the cupcakes were extremely sweet–and that’s even coming from the girl with the huge sweet tooth. :)


Cupcake recipe:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
1 tbsp. butterscotch schnapps
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cream soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add both sugars and continue beating until well combined. On low speed, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the cream soda and buttermilk. Mix until just combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 full, then bake for 15-17 minutes until cupcake springs back at the touch of a finger. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Butterscotch ganache filling recipe:
5 1/2 oz. butterscotch chips (a little less than a cup)
1/2 cup heavy cream


Combine the butterscotch chips and heavy cream in a glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until combined. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Transfer to a piping bag with a small tip and fill each cupcake just until the filling comes to the top.

Butterscotch frosting recipe:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup butterscotch ganache
1 1/2 tbsp. butterscotch schnapps
1/8 tsp. salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, plus more to reach desired thickness


Cream the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the butterscotch filling, schnapps and salt and beat until well combined. On low speed, beat in the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Pipe cooled cupcakes and drizzle with remaining syrup.

Adapted from amybites.

Molly, the butterscotch drizzle master.

Really concentrated on my piping.

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  • These cupcakes look delicious. I think they were a completely valid reason to miss a workout. I’m kinda jealous of your midnight movie. I actually considered it, but finding a sitter for a midnight movie isn’t an easy thing!

    • I keep trying to tell myself it was a good decision. I’ll make up for it next week. :) I agree, that might be a bitttt difficult, especially since the movies are so dang long!

  • Wow, those look good. Am so excited about the premiere. Katherine thinks we’re waiting until tomorrow night, I don’t think so!

    • Heck no, you guys are going tonight! The last hp midnight showing ever. It’s a must. :)

  • What a perfect way to celebrate the movie opening! They look gorgeous, decadent and delicious!

  • Wow, you picked baking cup cakes over working out! I’ve done that many times, but you can just wokout tomorrow and eat clean the next day, no big deal! :) I wish I could have one right now, they look so beautiful and the frosting is just calling my name! I should make this for my husband for our wedding anniversary next week, he loves butterscotch!

    • Exactly my plan, Lisa! I was bummed because it’s the one step class I can go to a week, which I really enjoy, but clearly my Harry Potter obsessed self couldn’t resist these.
      That’s so exciting your anniversary is next week!! I think he would absolutely love these if he likes butterscotch. :)

  • o0o those are so pretty! they’d def be a winner in cupcake wars

    • Wow, what a compliment!! Thanks so much eva. xx

  • Not a Harry Potter fan, but definitely a fan of these cupcakes!

    • Harry’s not for everyone, but I think the cupcakes could win most over! Thanks Maris. :)

  • Don’t tell my daughter you’re going to the midnight show! I was supposed to take her, but I have to work at 8am tomorrow, so that’s out of the question.
    Great recipe and post, young lady!

    • That’s definitely understandable! I got about 4 hours of sleep before I had to go to work. Thankfully we got a half day!

  • I love butterscotch! Not as much as chocolate but a close second and these butterbeer cupcakes look absolutely delectable. Oh I can just eat one right now.. can you tell I’m hungry lol

    • See I’m the opposite–these cupcakes are right up my alley because there’s absolutely no chocolate involved! My kind of dessert. :)

  • I wish I could reach out and grab one off the screen now! They look decadent!

  • Screw Harry Potter – I’d rather sit in the comfort of my own home and gorge myself on these incredible looking cakes. Seriously, Caroline – open a cupcake store – I’d totally buy these!

  • OMG, those cupcakes look divine and so tempting! I am drooling…



    • They were pretty decadent. Thanks Rosa!

  • So jealous!!!! I’m a HUGE HP fan too. We really wanted to go to the midnight showing, but are on vacay with the kiddos (no sitters!). That means we have to wait two more weeks to see it!!!!! Ack!!!! Although I admit there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to see it – I don’t want it to end. I do get to relive it through Mr. N though. I just started book 5 with him. We’ve been reading them together for the past year. It’s so much fun!

    Oh yeah – and the cupcakes. YUM! Overly sweet is ok with me. ;)

    • Ahhh such a bummer! It was by far the best movie yet, I can’t wait to go see it again already. I don’t wait it to end either–makes me so sad! That’s such a great idea, getting to relive the “magic” through Mr. N. ;) I’m tempted to start re-reading all of the books too. You’ll have to let me know what you think of the movie when you get to go see it. I guess it got 97% on rotten tomatoes, and I’d say it was definitely deserved! Thanks Kristy. :)

  • gorgeous, delicious, and what are you talking about overly sweet- I have never heard of such a thing:)

    • OK, you do have a point! I think I said that because I tried the cupcakes after a big meal, so I couldn’t handle eating much. But, have no fear, I was able to eat an entire cupcake the next day. :)

  • These look sinfully delicious! I really have to try them. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

    • You should definitely give them a try. Pretty easy to make and very yummy! Hope you had a great weekend. :)

  • Your have frosted the cupcake soo beautifully..butterscotch is one of my all time fav flavors- cant wait to try this!

    • Thanks so much Tanvi! I loove butterscotch as well.

  • I’m not even an HP fan and these look good- what’s the story behind them and HP? :) I need educated!

    • Wellll, Harry, Ron & Hermione would always get butterbeer at this little pub in a town they’d visit called hogsmeade, so this was my take on the drink but in food form. The drink doesn’t actually have any alcohol in it though (since the characters are so young) haha.

  • Yummy, yummy, yummy, are there any left? These look amazing?

    • Yes, there are! Please take them off my hands or I’m going to gain lots of weight, haha!

  • These look divine.

  • The kids I use to nanny were obsessed with Harry… and, maybe I secretly enjoyed watching it over and over again too. One thing I AM sure of is these cupcakes girrll- so up my lane!

    • Of course you secretly enjoyed it, how could you not!? Well, that’s coming from a crazed HP fan, haha!

  • I love the harry potter series..loved the books more than the movies but the movies are still awsome..I am really sad this is the last one but those wonderful cupcakes will surely help me feel better :)

    • I loved the books much more than the movies as well, but that’s typically the case anytime a book is made into a movie. Can’t get all of the great details in the movie!

  • Hope you enjoyed the movie! We were going to see it this weekend but my parents we in town visiting and we got sucked into hanging out with them instead. I can’t wait to see it! These cupcakes look super delicious!

    • Oh bummer!! I’m sure you’re going to absolutely love it. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I already can’t wait to see it again. :)

  • These look (and sound!) delicious! Wasn’t the movie the perfect ending to the series!? I’m going to wait a little while, but I’m totally going back and rereading all the books; I’m kinda sad that it’s all over. For good. :(

    • Thanks so much Melissa! I agree, I think it was the perfect ending to the series. Still made me sad that it’s all over though! I think I’ll do the same re the books. I already watch the movies pretty often. :)

  • So despite the fact that I don’t even like cupcakes (which is a crime, I know), I have to make this. This is such a great recipe and as a total HP nerd, I feel obligated. Thanks for this post, seriously! You have made my day. (:

    • Oh no! Well, you can make them for your cupcake loving friends. :)

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  • rebakatt

    Do you think this frosting would work for a layer cake? I’m hoping to do this tomorrow!!!

  • rebakatt

    Do you think this frosting would work for a layer cake? I’m hoping to do this tomorrow!!!