Unforgettable Butterbeer Treat – Cupcake Recipe to Die For!

In the magical world of Harry Potter, Butterbeer is a popular drink among witches and wizards. The frothy concoction typically contains alcohol, but fear not – today we have a vegan recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without any added spirits.

As a vegan chef, I am always on the lookout for creative ways to make classic desserts animal-friendly. This recipe combines the rich flavors of butterscotch and cream soda to create a treat worthy of Hogwarts’ great hall.

Whether you are a fan of Harry Potter or simply looking to indulge in some delicious cupcakes, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds. So, grab your wand (or whisk) and let’s get started on making these magical Butterbeer Cupcakes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Butterbeer Cupcakes (Vegan)
Butterbeer Cupcakes (Vegan)

Are you a fan of Harry Potter and all things magical? Do you have a sweet tooth that is craving something deliciously unique? Well, my dear fellow foodie, I present to you the recipe of butterbeer cupcakes – vegan edition!

Not only does this recipe bring to life the enchanting taste of Potter Butterbeer, but it also caters to those who follow a lactose-free and dairy-free lifestyle. As a vegan chef, I assure you that this recipe is the perfect combination of easy-to-find ingredients and otherworldly flavor.

Imagine biting into a fluffy cupcake with hints of vanilla and an irresistible aroma that transcends your taste buds to Hogwarts. These vegan butterbeer cupcakes are not just any ordinary cupcakes. They’re reminiscent of one of the most iconic drinks from the wizarding world that every Potterhead wants to savour at least once in their life.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to themed parties or simply treating yourself on a lazy day. The sweet scent wafting from your oven is sure to take you back to the iconic Potter sorting hat ceremony.

So if your mouth is already watering at the thought of biting into these flavoured cupcakes, wait until you taste them! Trust me; these vegan butterbeer cupcakes will be your new favourite dessert.

Ingredient List

 A sweet surprise awaiting you in every bite
A sweet surprise awaiting you in every bite

Ingredients for the Vegan Butterbeer Cupcakes:

  • Flour: 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Baking Powder: 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Baking Soda: 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Light Brown Sugar: 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Canola Oil: 1/2 cup canola oil
  • Vanilla Extract: 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Cream Soda: 1 cup cream soda

Ingredients for the Butterscotch Frosting:

  • Vegan Butter: 1/2 cup unsalted vegan butter
  • Powdered Sugar: 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Vanilla Extract: 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Cream Soda: 1/4 cup cream soda
  • Vegan Butterscotch sauce: #optional (store-bought or homemade)

Note: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before you start as this will help to combine and emulsify them properly. Remember to check that your ingredients (especially the baking powder and baking soda) haven’t expired, which can affect their effectiveness.

The Recipe How-To

 Magical cupcakes that any Harry Potter fan would love
Magical cupcakes that any Harry Potter fan would love

Now, this is where the magic happens. So put on your sorting hat, and let’s get started with a cupcake adventure that you will never forget. Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line cupcake cups in a muffin tin.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of cream soda
  • ½ cup of canola oil
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar


  1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In another bowl, stir together cream soda, canola oil, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.

  3. Gradually add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl while stirring until all the ingredients are combined.

  4. Fill each cupcake cup with batter about two-thirds full.

  5. Pop them in the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when plunged into the center of a cake.

  6. Set them aside for at least five minutes to cool down before serving.

Butterscotch Frosting

No butterbeer cupcakes are complete without butterscotch frosting! Just add these additional ingredients for the frosting:

  • 1 cup of vegan unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • A splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butterscotch sauce


Using an electric mixer, cream together vegan unsalted butter with powdered sugar until it becomes light and fluffy.

Add vanilla extract and vegan butterscotch sauce to meet your desired sweetness and taste then continue mixing until the ingredients are well combined.

Spread it on top of every butterbeer cupcake you have baked!

Now that reading through those instructions has probably induced some cravings to try this recipe out at home. Believe me, the result is worth it and will take you straight into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Substitutions and Variations

 A vegan version of the famous Butterbeer from the Wizarding World
A vegan version of the famous Butterbeer from the Wizarding World

As a vegan chef, I get creative with ingredients, and this recipe is no exception. Here are some substitution options that you can try to switch things up.

Firstly, feel free to use any dairy-free milk of your choice in place of almond milk. You could also substitute coconut milk or cashew milk.

Secondly, suppose you do not have canola oil. In that case, you can replace it with other light-tasting oils, such as sunflower oil or vegetable oil.

Thirdly, if apple cider vinegar is not your thing, try replacing it with white vinegar or lemon juice for the same acidity level.

As for the frosting, the butterscotch gives these cupcakes a yummy flavor. Still, if butterscotch isn’t your cup of tea, or you prefer a different flavor for variety, feel free to try different frostings such as chocolate or vanilla frosting for an extra indulgently experience.

In terms of variations, one idea is rather than making traditional butterbeer cupcakes add a surprise filling such as chocolate ganache to make it more fun and playful.

Overall, there are many ways to make this recipe your own while keeping the distinctive butterbeer taste. Be experimental with substitutes; who knows what new flavors you might come up with!

Serving and Pairing

 The aroma of these cupcakes is just as enchanting as their taste
The aroma of these cupcakes is just as enchanting as their taste

As soon as you take a bite of these delicious butterbeer cupcakes, you will feel as if you are in Hogwarts, the magical world of Harry Potter. The delightful combination of butterscotch and cream soda flavors is sure to make your day more magical.

Serving these scrumptious vegan cupcakes will surely impress any Harry Potter fan or anyone with a sweet tooth! These cupcakes have a subtle sweetness that pairs beautifully with coffee or tea. They make for the perfect snack for game night with friends or sharing your favorite Harry Potter moments during a movie marathon.

For an even more filling snack, we suggest pairing these cupcakes with vegan butterbeer for a complete experience inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter. These cupcakes also pair beautifully when served alongside other themed goodies such as Harry Potter’s famous pumpkin pasties or even chocolate frogs!

Get creative with ways to present these butterbeer cupcakes. We suggest serving them in combination with butterbeer mugs on a whimsical serving tray. For those who have fond memories of reading J.K Rowling’s books and watching the movies, this fun and nostalgic arrangement will be sure to bring joy to everyone’s heart.

Enjoy every bite while feeling like a true wizard from the comfort of your own home!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect cupcakes for a themed party or a movie night
Perfect cupcakes for a themed party or a movie night

Ah, the beauty of being able to savor a dessert more than once! These butterbeer cupcakes are a true gem and can be easily made in advance to save you some time ahead of your event. If you’re one to plan ahead, you can prepare the batter and refrigerate it for up to two days before baking. After that, portion the perfect amount of batter into your cupcake liners, bake them until golden brown and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

If you have leftover butterbeer cupcakes, they’ll stay fresh at room temperature for up to three days if you store them in an airtight container. However, if you want them to last longer, just pop them into the fridge (still in an airtight container) and they’ll last about a week! You can also freeze the cupcakes for up to three months.

When it’s time to reheat your cupcakes, take them out of your fridge or freezer and let them come back to room temperature before you nuke them in the microwave for 20-25 seconds or warm them up in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for five to six minutes (oven times may differ). You don’t want them to dry out or become tough from overcooking.

So whether you’re hosting a party or craving a quick treat for yourself, these vegan butterbeer cupcakes can be made well in advance without losing flavor and quality.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Golden brown, fluffy, and irresistible
Golden brown, fluffy, and irresistible

Preparing vegan cupcakes can be a challenge for many home chefs, but fear not! These tips and recommendations will help you make perfect butterbeer cupcakes every time. Just like a quill needs ink to write, every recipe needs some tricks to turn out perfectly. So, grab your wand and let’s get started.

One thing to keep in mind is that the type of flour you use can make a massive difference in the texture and taste of your vegan cupcakes. All-purpose flour works well for most recipes, but for a lighter texture and nuttier flavor, consider using pastry flour or cake flour. You can also blend all-purpose flour with almond or coconut flour for added flavor complexity.

Remember, baking is a precise science where measurements matter a lot. Hence it is essential to measure ingredients like baking soda and baking powder accurately to avoid over-risen or under-risen cupcakes. It’s best to follow the recipe’s specific measurements instead of guessing or estimating the amount required.

Another important consideration when making vegan baked goods is avoiding overmixing the batter. Overmixing creates more gluten in the mixture, making the resulting cupcakes tough rather than light and airy. Mixing until ingredients are just incorporated will yield soft and fluffy vegan butterbeer cupcakes.

It’s crucial to choose high-quality ingredients while preparing any recipe; this is especially valid for vegan baking since dairy-free variants require careful attention to flavor pairing. Therefore, opt for unsweetened organic plant-based milk and lactose-free creamers if possible.

Lastly, ensure that your oven temperature is accurate by using an oven thermometer to ensure even baking during the baking process. It’s advisable to preheat your oven 10-minutes prior to placing the butterbeer cupcakes inside. This setup allows for proper leavening while simultaneously ensuring they bake evenly.

By following these pointers, you have everything you need to make perfectly fluffy and flavorful Vegan Butterbeer Cupcakes every time. May it be Sorting Hat-approved!


Before we conclude this recipe article, it’s important to tackle some common questions about this vegan Butterbeer Cupcakes Recipe. As a seasoned assistant to a vegan chef, I have compiled here some of the frequently asked questions that our readers and followers have about baking these heavenly treats. So, let’s dive in and take a look at what’s on your mind!

What’s the difference between vegan cupcakes and regular cupcakes?

Going vegan with your cakes means getting rid of ingredients that come from animals like eggs. However, it’s important to remember that just because a cake is vegan, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s automatically healthy. Processed foods, including vegan cakes, can still have negative impacts on our health even with the absence of animal products.

What are vegan cupcakes made of?

In order to achieve the perfect vegan cupcake, utilizing specific types of flour such as pastry or cake flour is ideal. However, it’s important to note that all-purpose flour can also be used. Chemical leaveners such as baking powder and baking soda are crucial in the absence of eggs to achieve fluffiness in the cupcakes. And surprisingly, salt is actually necessary and has the ability to enhance the sweetness of the dessert.

Do vegan cupcakes contain milk?

Cupcakes that are vegan are devoid of any animal byproducts and dairy components. Instead, they consist of familiar ingredients that include flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, oil, and vanilla.

Do vegan cupcakes taste the same?

The taste of vegan cupcakes varies depending on the ingredients used. Some may closely resemble traditional cupcakes, while others may offer a distinct flavor profile. Personal preference and ingredient choices, whether natural or artificial, can also play a role.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I highly recommend this mouth-watering Butterbeer Cupcakes (Vegan) recipe to all Harry Potter fans and cupcake lovers out there. With its light and fluffy texture, topped with creamy butterscotch frosting, these cupcakes are sure to transport you straight to the wizarding world.

Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they are also vegan and lactose-free, suitable for those with dietary restrictions. So, whether you’re a vegan or not, this recipe will surely satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your values.

So go ahead and try out this recipe! Impress your friends at your next Harry Potter-themed party or indulge in a treat after a long day of studying like a Hogwarts student. With this recipe, you can experience the magic of Harry Potter right from your own kitchen.

Butterbeer Cupcakes (Vegan)

Butterbeer Cupcakes (Vegan) Recipe

Sweet and decadent cupcakes that no one will know are vegan!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 156.8 kcal


  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup cream soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch syrup, plus extra to drizzle on top
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Whisk together milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for a few minutes, to give the milk time to curdle.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line the cupcake tins.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Combine all your wet ingredients, including the milk mixture, and mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, bit by bit, mixing until no lumps remain.
  • Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake cupcakes for 20-22 minutes.
  • Butterscotch Frosting:
  • 1/2 cups margarine (or butter for non vegan recipe).
  • 1/4 cups cream cheese substitute (or cream cheese for non vegan recipe).
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch syrup.
  • 1 tbsp butter flavor.
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar.
  • splash of cream soda.
  • Cream together butter and butterscotch.
  • Add in the cream cheese, vanilla and cream soda and cream together. Add the powdered sugar in batches until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.
  • putting the frosting in the fridge for 30-60 minutes will help the piping process.
  • pipe frosting onto completely cooled cupcakes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 565gCalories: 156.8kcalCarbohydrates: 23.8gProtein: 1.7gFat: 6.2gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 196mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.1g
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