Butterbeer cupcakes: A perfect Muggle Halloween treat

As children reading Harry Potter, we all imagined what butterbeer might taste like. And a lot of us probably chuckled at the naughty notion of being able to imbibe a beverage with beer in it. I always imagined a butter-y, butterscotch drink with maybe a trace of beer.

So in honor of Halloween, I decided to whip up some butterbeer-inspired cupcakes with butterscotch and beer. Because this is a holiday that’s all about sugary indulgence, right? If you would prefer not to add in beer, see directions below.* But for muggles over 21, the beer adds a savory kick to the butter-y sweet treat!


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (2 cups all purpose, 1/3 cake flour)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup beer (*If you would like to skip the beer, simply use 2/3 cup milk.)
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips, finely chopped


  • Combine dry ingredients and set aside
  • Combine milk and beer, set aside
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Blend in egg and vanilla
  • Add dry ingredients, alternating with beer and milk mixture
  • Once combined, mix in finely chopped butterscotch
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes in lined muffin tin. Allow to cool and frost cupcakes with Butterscotch Buttercream frosting

For the Butterscotch Buttercream


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch morsels, melted


  • Combine butter, sugar, salt and extract with electric mixer
  • Melt morsels and beat in buttercream mixture

Cheers and Happy Halloween! 

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