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This easy butterbeer cake is a perfect recipe for those who love Harry Potter inspired desserts. This homemade cake will be ready in no time, is tender and moist and has great flavor! With great butterscotch and cream soda flavors, its perfect for parties and special Hogwarts occasions.

view of butter beer cake with caramel swirls on top

This butterbeer cake is a simple from scratch cake that you can easily make. Its perfect for those who love to bake but aren’t necessarily wanting a super fancy finicky cake. The best part is that the decorations are up to you and SIMPLE!

butter beer cake with caramel swirls on top

So, at your next Harry Potter themed party, or if you just fancy yourself a good cake, I suggest you try this one out!

Try these other Harry Potter inspired recipes:

 Looking to have a Hogwarts themed party? See what to serve at your Hogwarts Dinner Feast!

cake with caramel swirls

How to make this homemade cake recipe:

This cake is an easy homemade cake recipe. For the full set of directions, please make sure to scroll down to the recipe card below.

Make your cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour two 8″ pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars, about 3-5 minutes, until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla, milk, butterscotch topping, and cream soda and mix until well combined.
  5. Add in half of the dry ingredients, beating until smooth.
  6. Then add in the rest of the dry ingredients, again beating until smooth.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pans evenly.
  8. Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.

Make the butterbeer buttercream frosting:

  1. To make the frosting, beat together the butter, butterscotch, and cream soda.
  2. Add in the sugar and beat until smooth, about 10 minutes.
  3. Decorate the cooled cake as desired.
  4. Drizzle with extra butterscotch topping!
cake on a plate next to cake stand

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to store this cake?

This cake is best stored covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve at room temperature for best flavor.

The cooled cake layers can be baked ahead of time, wrapped in two layers of plastic wraps and stored in the fridge for 1 week. The frosting can be placed in an airtight container in the fridge and will keep for 1 week.

Can I turn this cake into cupcakes?

Yes! To turn these into cupcakes, simply evenly divide the batter amongst the cupcake pans. You will need to adjust the timing of the baking. Bake these for approximately 18-20 minutes, checking with a toothpick inserted into the center to make sure they are done.

A piece of cake on a plate,  Butterbeer

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Yield: 12 Servings

Butterbeer Cake

A piece of cake on a plate,  Butterbeer

This easy butterbeer cake is a perfect recipe for themed harry potter desserts. Starting with a cake mix, this easy cake will be ready in no time!

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  •  1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch topping
  • 1/2 cup cream soda

Frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch topping
  • 1 Tbsp cream soda
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • Extra butterscotch topping, for decorating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour two 8″ pans.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  5. Add in the eggs, vanilla, milk, butterscotch topping, and cream soda.
  6. Add the dry ingredients half at a time, beating until smooth.
  7. Pour into the prepared pans.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
  10. To make the frosting, beat together the butter, butterscotch, and cream soda.
  11. Add in the sugar and beat until smooth.
  12. Decorate the cake as desired.
  13. Drizzle with extra butterscotch topping!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 1gSugar: 63gProtein: 4g

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 (Recipe slightly adapted from Sugar Crafter)

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Annett

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

This looks good! I want to make it for my son’s birthday, who is a huge Harry Potter fan. What did you put in the middle between the two cake layers?

Jenni

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Hi Annett! There is a layer of caramel in between the layers of cake!

Tracy

Saturday 16th of April 2011

I'm so glad that you all enjoyed the cake!! And don't worry, I probably would have done the same thing with the frosting - I think I mentioned that I made 6" cakes, so if you made 8" ones, you may have needed a little more (maybe 1 1/2 times the recipe). I'll make sure to make that more clear in my recipe. Still, I'm glad it turned out! :-)

shelley c.

Saturday 16th of April 2011

I am SO trying this!!

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