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This easy butterbeer cake is a perfect recipe for themed Harry Potter desserts. This homemade from scratch easy cake will be ready in no time!
view of butter beer cake with caramel swirls on top
When I saw this cake over at Sugarcrafter a while back I knew immediately that I had to make it. My husband and I are currently reading through the Harry Potter series at night, and we are thoroughly enjoying it.
butter beer cake with caramel swirls on top
This was definitely a time when sometimes you should follow a recipe as is, and not try and pretend that since you have baked cakes plenty of times before that you know what you are talking about. So, when it seems like the frosting recipe doesn’t quite make enough, and what you do have is kind of thick, you should just ignore this.
I didn’t ignore this inner monologue of mine, so I thinned out the frosting with a bit of milk. I also thought that I didn’t have enough frosting, so instead of adding frosting in between the layers of cake I did a layer of caramel. Well, turns out that I had plenty of frosting, and my attempts at making it the right consistency made it so thin it kept running off of the cake!!!
cake with caramel swirls
Luckily, this cake tasted so good that it didn’t matter if the frosting was all over the place. Kind of caramely/butterscotchy/cream soday. And the frosting tastes amazing! We invited our cousins over to help us eat this, and Adena happens to know HP as well as J.K Rowling herself, and she said that this was indeed a great cake!
cake on a plate next to cake stand

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

Looking to have a Hogwarts themed party? Read this post to see what more to serve at your Hogwarts Dinner Feast!
A piece of cake on a plate,  Butterbeer
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



  • 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


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


  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:



Serving Size:


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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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?


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

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


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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