This keto Butterbeer Cupcakes recipe is inspired by Harry Potter and features rich, butterscotch vanilla yellow butter cake with thick, velvety frosting and a slight drizzle of caramel. They’re the perfect treat to whip up for a Halloween or Harry Potter-inspired party!
For the Harry Potter fans, these cupcakes need no introduction.
But you don't have to be a Harry Potter enthusiast to enjoy these (welcome, Muggles!). If you have any kind of sweet tooth you will LOVE these Butterbeer Cupcakes.
The Best Keto Butterbeer Cupcakes Recipe (Inspired by Harry Potter)
The fact that these cupcakes are keto will blow your mind! The cake is moist and flavorful, and the buttercream is rich and creamy. Topped with a little bit of keto caramel, these are perfect for your next Harry Potter-inspired party!
How to Make Butterbeer Cupcakes
First, you want to make vanilla cupcakes. I use my favorite Keto Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe. They come out perfect every time! They have rich buttery vanilla flavor and a soft, tender crumb.
Pro Tip: For the best “butterbeer” flavor, add ½ teaspoon butterscotch extract to the cupcake batter.
Let the cupcakes cool, and then make the frosting. I use Keto Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. It’s creamy and luscious with a sweet vanilla aroma and silky smooth mouthfeel.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, and drizzle a little Keto Sugar Free Caramel Sauce on top of each.
To really gild the lily, you can top each cupcake with gold and white sprinkles!
How to Store Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes
Store these cupcakes in an airtight food storage container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
Tips for Making Butterbeer Cupcakes
- Get the butterbeer flavor down. Add ½ teaspoon butterscotch extract to the cupcake batter.
- Dress them up. This is completely optional, but you can really deck these out pretty with just a small amount of gold and white sprinkles!
- Plan ahead. You can make and frost the cupcakes up to 1 week ahead of time. However, if you drizzle the caramel on top, they’re best served within 3 days.
What is Butterbeer Made Of?
According to the books by J.K. Rowling, butterbeer is made of butterscotch, sugar, and water, and has a very slight alcohol content.
What Does Butterbeeer Taste Like?
J.K. Rowling described the flavor of butterbeer as “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch”.
Many people describe the flavor of butterbeer as being similar to cream soda. Personally, I think it’s close to a vanilla-butterscotch flavor.
Where Can You Buy Butterbeer?
In the fantastical world that J.K. Rowling dreamt up, you could buy butterbeer in Hogsmeade at The Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head or in Diagon Alley at The Leaky Cauldron. (You can read more on The Harry Potter Compendium.)
If you’re planning a visit to Universal Studios, you can find butterbeer available in a variety of forms (including cold, frozen, hot, ice cream, and fudge) at different locations in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. (You can find more of the specifics on this on Orlando Informer.)
However, if a trip to Universal Studios isn’t in the cards anytime soon, you can still enjoy butterbeer without having to make it yourself.
If you want to order a butterbeer off of Starbucks secret menu, you can get it as a frappuccino or hot latte. Either way, it’s a creamy drink with a blend of caramel and toffee nut syrups, and sometimes also cinnamon dolce syrup. Here’s the Butterbeer Frappuccino recipe on Starbucks Secret Menu, and here’s the Hot Butterbeer Latte recipe on Starbucks Secret Menu.
And there’s even another way to get your butterbeer fix! If all else fails, you can order Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer on Amazon.
More Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipes to Make
- Butterbeer Brown Butter Blondies with Toasted Pecans
- Polyjuice Potion
- Vanilla Butterscotch Rice Krispies Treats
- Butterbeer Popcorn
Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes
- Make the cupcakes and let them cool.
- Make the buttercream and pipe it onto the cooled cupcakes.
- Drizzle the caramel on top. If desired, top with gold and white sprinkles.
- Net Carbs: 5g per serving (1 cupcake = 1 serving)
- For the best “butterbeer” flavor, add ½ teaspoon butterscotch extract to the cupcake batter.
- Store these cupcakes in an airtight food storage container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.