Butterbeer Cake – Tender butterscotch cake layers, with butterscotch frosting, butterscotch caramel sauce and marshmallow cream, make up this Harry Potter inspired Butterbeer Cake.
Harry Potter Birthday Cake
A few years ago, Ryan and I took the kids back home to Southern California for a much-needed family vacation. We spent a week at the beach, watched our beloved Dodgers play at Chavez Ravine, visited friends, and enjoyed a full day at Universal Studios.
Universal Studios was definitely a highlight of the trip because it was our first time going to Harry Potter Land and experiencing Butterbeer.
To be honest, I was a little skeptical that I’d like Butterbeer. I’m not a huge fan of butterscotch. But, WOW! It did not disappoint! We were advised by many to get the frozen version of the drink and it was absolutely delicious. So good, in fact, that we went back to Harry Potter Land a second time to get another round of drinks at the end of the day.
As I drank my Butterbeer, all I could think about was how I could turn this amazing drink into a cake. Of course, there’s butterscotch, but I also loved the creamy foam on top. It tasted like marshmallow fluff!
Here’s a link to make your own Butterbeer.
Once home, I got right to work on my Butterbeer Cake. It took me a couple tries on the cake layers, but I’m so happy with the results. The cake itself is tender and moist, and full of butterscotch flavor.
The key to making the cake so light and fluffy is the mixing time at the beginning. After you’ve added the eggs to the butter and sugar, make sure to mix on medium-high speed for a few minutes, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and then.
But when it’s time to add the dry ingredients, turn the mixer to low and keep your mixing time short. Over mixing your cake batter will cause it to sink when it’s baking.
The drip on this cake is a little different than other drips I’ve done. I first tried adding heavy cream to my butterscotch chips but felt like that took away from the butterscotch flavor.
I then tried butterscotch sauce, like the kind you pour on ice cream, with my butterscotch chips to make the drip and was much happier with the outcome.
The drip is a little thicker and more like caramel, so I actually used a spoon to pour it over the sides of the cake. I also added the butterscotch caramel sauce in between each layer too.
And to resemble Butterbeer even more, I added homemade marshmallow cream to the top of my Butterbeer Cake! You’ll remember this marshmallow fluff from my Ultimate S’mores Cake. It’s super easy to make but this is the very last element you’ll want to do. It doesn’t hold well at room temp for too long. I’d suggest making the fluff and putting it on the cake as close to serving time as possible.
I hope you love this Butterbeer Cake as much as I do!
HOW TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
To get a light and fluffy homemade buttercream frosting, make sure you follow my tips over at: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM
These steps are written up for my vanilla buttercream, but are supposed to be applied to any of my buttercream recipes.
- Sift your powdered sugar
- Use slightly cold butter
- Use heavy whipping cream
- Beat for 5 minutes
- Stir by hand
You’ll want to check out the post linked above for more details on each step.
OTHER CAKES YOU’LL LOVE
- Ultimate S’mores Cake
- Banana Nutella S’mores Cake
- Banana Peanut Butter Caramel Cake
- Peanut Butter Dream Cake