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Harry Potter Birthday “Butterbeer” Cake

Harry Potter is a pretty big deal around our house, so when the Cupcake was turning 8, this mom knew exactly what cake to conjure up for a magical Harry Potter birthday theme. I found a butterscotch cake on the Pinterwebs and despite my hesitation to try a new recipe for a birthday (that’s a big risk)– I went for it. As long as it was Harry Potter, she’d forgive me if the taste was as bad as a surprise Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean.

harry potter butter beer birthday cake

The recipe I used was from Eat and Say Yum:

eat and say yum butter beer cake harry potter

The gamble paid off, it turned out DELICIOUS, but there are a few things I did a little bit differently to adapt it to our tastes:

For the cake part, I followed the recipe closely with the exception of using regular flour instead of cake flour, which, if you read online, you are not supposed to do. (I’m such a rebel.) In this case, it turned out fine – but if you want to make it the right way and don’t have cake flour, just replace 2 tablespoons of flour in each level cup of all purpose flour with cornstarch. Like I said, I didn’t do this and it might be why my cakes fell a bit after I took them out of the oven. They ended up a little dense and short, but so moist and delicious that it didn’t matter.

harry potter butterbeer cake

Also, the recipe calls for 3 six-inch rounds. That’s a small pan people! This cake had about 8 servings so if you’re planning for a party, you may want to double the recipe.

I tried the brown butter frosting in the link, but I didn’t love it so I completely reworked it. I followed the recipe exactly, then I added ½ bag of powdered sugar, another 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of molasses, ½ a stick of butter Crisco, and a lot of salt from our salt grinder. The end result was a frosting that tuned out more like a salted caramel frosting and was really, really yummy. Even if you double the recipe and use 9-inch pans, my frosting recipe will be plenty to cover the three-layer cake.

I also used the recipe from the Eat & Say Yum for the butterscotch glaze, but before pouring it on top, I chilled it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Don’t forget to cover the cake plate with parchment or waxed paper so you can keep your edges clean. Immediately after pouring it on top, I sprinkled gold disco dust on it, so that when it dripped perfectly down the sides, it brought the gold glitter with it. Magical.

ready for party, harry potter butter beer cake

A birthday cake isn’t a birthday cake without candles and toppers soooooo….. I grabbed a topper that I had ordered from Amazon eons ago,

fished out our Harry Potter glasses from the costume stash, added a mirrored 8 similar to this one (click to order one – affiliate link)

and made a sign with my Silhouette Cameo using cardstock, glitter vinyl and paper straws, and stuck in some sparkler candles.

harry potter cake topper sign

It wouldn’t have turned out better if I had used a wand. Happy Birthday Cupcake!

harry potter cake with lit candles


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