Butterbeer Cupcakes

Last semester, Creative Campus hosted an event called Quidditch on the Quad and it was a huge success. I'm so glad they decided to have another one this semester because I watched last year, and this time I played on a team. I ran around with a broom between my legs and threw dodge balls at my opponents in 30 degree weather, and it was fantastic.

I got my picture taken with Big Al dressed like a wizard! :)

A little background information:
Each team picks a country--we chose Djibouti because, you know, it's Djibouti--and makes uniforms and flags. Preliminary rounds were held on Thursday, November 9th and we won our first game against Russia.  We played again that night, but lost to Mexico, which wasn't that bad because we still got to go watch the rest of the matches on Sunday, November 12th. There were tables and tents set up around the quad that were supposed to be the different buildings on Diagon Alley so people can walk around and make little crafts or drink Butterbeer. And it all leads up to the final match, The World Cup!

While we were planning for quidditch, I decided I should make Butterbeer cupcakes! I had never had Butterbeer before, but I finally got to taste some on the main day of Quidditch on the Quad.

I never considered myself a fan of butterscotch before I made these cupcakes. My grandparents used to have a little bowl of butterscotch candies on their living room coffee table, and I remember being addicted to them, but not really to butterscotch.

And then I made these cupcakes. I think they turned out really well for kind of winging it.

I did some research and finally settled on this recipe from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, and then tweaked it a little bit along the way.

My recipe ended up looking something like this:

For the Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup cream soda (mine was a ginger flavor, but I don't recommend that)
3 eggs
1 stick of butter, melted
1/4 cup melted butterscotch chips

For the Frosting
1 stick of butter, softened
3 tablespoons of cream soda
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butterscotch ice cream topping
butterscotch chips for decoration

The cake was pretty simple. I added the mix, cream soda, eggs, melted butter, and melted chips in that order. Mix on medium speed for two minutes. Follow temperature and time directions on the box. I have to bake around 300 and for less time because my oven is old and senile.

To make the frosting, cream butter and cream soda. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Then mix in butterscotch topping. You could probably cream the topping in with the butter and cream soda, I don't think the order really matters.

Being an amateur baker, I didn't know what kind of cream soda to buy. I should have gone to Walmart because they probably would have had a better selection, but I went to Target because it's closer. They didn't have much to choose from and then I noticed that one of the two shelves labeled "cream soda" was completely empty. So, apparently cream soda was really popular that weekend and everyone beat me to it. They only had flavors like tangerine and black berry and ginger. There wasn't any regular cream soda.  Ginger was the lightest color they had, so I just had to go with that one.

I was afraid the ginger flavor would cover up the butterscotch so I decided to melt some of the butterscotch chips and add it to the batter. That helped a lot and I could barely taste the ginger. There was a hint of it, but not too much.

The frosting was my favorite. I taste-tested it multiple times.

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD came out that same weekend, so I took these cupcakes over to my friend's apartment the night before Quidditch on the Quad and we had a movie night.

The only thing I would do differently with these cupcakes would be trying a different flavor of cream soda. I don't know a lot about cream soda, and all the recipes I've seen haven't called for a specific flavor, so I'm not really sure what I would change it to. I also think it would be really fun to make a cake with this recipe, so I might have to try that sometime in the near future ;)


  1. Love the photo with Big Al. Hope you can make these while you are home for Christmas!

  2. FYI, "cream" IS a specific flavor for soda. There's no "orange cream," or "ginger cream," or anything else cream; it's just "cream." (It tastes sort of vanilla-y.")

  3. Anonymous- Thanks so much for clarifying that for me! There wasn't any plain cream soda when I went to the store, so I'll have to look for that next time.

  4. I'm in Ontario, Canada, and the only version of "cream soda" I know is a pink version. I've never even heard of all those other flavours!
    The cupcakes look great! My brother's birthday is this week, and I'm sure he'd love me to make them.

  5. YUM! All I have to say is YUM! They look delicious and I love how you make "theme" cupcakes for all of your special occasions! Very good graphics too.

  6. Great job Beth! Your cupcakes look delicious!