Butterbeer Pound Cake

Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins
Add'l 10 mins
Total 1 hr 20 mins
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All Harry Potter fans must try this magical recipe for a homemade Butterbeer Pound Cake with flavors of butterscotch and cream soda in a sweet dense pound cake.

Many years ago I visited Hogwarts at Universal in Orlando for the very first time and had my first sip of Butterbeer!

The last time I was there I promised myself I would make a cake recipe with all those same flavors. It’s been really fun testing this recipe until I got it perfect!

This Butterbeer Pound Cake is moist, dense and perfectly flavored with cream soda, splash of rum (optional!) and a butterscotch sauce topping!

If you love this recipe, make sure and check out my similar recipe: Almond Amaretto Pound Cake

Butterbeer Pound Cake on a cooling rack with butterscotch sauce.

What is Butterbeer?

All Harry Potter fans already know, but Butterbeer is a drink in the Harry Potter books/movies, but the books don’t specify what it’s made of.

At the Universal Parks, Butterbeer is a combination of cream soda and butterscotch served hot, cold or iced with a frothy topping.

This pound cake features all of those same flavors, but in a big gorgeous buttery pound cake!

Butterbeer Pound Cake Ingredients in bowls.

Butterbeer Pound Cake Ingredients

We start with a classic pound cake, but with a few fun twists to turn it into a Butterbeer Pound Cake. 

To achieve those flavors, we have a few key ingredients:

  • Cream Soda
  • Dark Rum
  • Butter Extract
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butterscotch Sauce

The cream soda, dark rum, butter extract and vanilla extract are all added to the pound cake batter.

The rum is optional, but it warms up the cake just enough to give that perfect butter beer flavor! The alcohol content will bake out, leaving this recipe with no alcohol in the final cake and kid safe!

The butterscotch sauce can be homemade or store bought, but it really takes this Butterbeer Pound Cake over the top!

Butterbeer Pound Cake sliced on white plates with forks.

Can I prepare Pound Cake ahead of time?

Yes! This Butterbeer Pound Cake is a great recipe to make ahead for a party.

This pound cake can be made up to a week ahead and stored in an airtight container, however it is the best in the first 2-3 days.

I personally like to serve this cake best warm, so I will warm it up just slightly to have that freshly baked feeling.

Then right before serving this pound cake, drizzle it (or each slice) with butterscotch sauce! 

Butterbeer Poudn Cake sliced on a platter.

This Butterbeer Pound Cake is absolutely delicious, no matter if you are a Harry Potter fan or not. It’s got a great depth of flavor and is so incredibly moist!

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4 Responses
  1. Beks

    Wow, wow, wow! I am definitely adding this to the ‘to-do’ list, or rather, ‘to-bake’, this year. My little guys are hardcore Harry Potter fans and I know they would love this. Looks amazing!

  2. Lori

    Thank you for another amazing recipe. I made this for my son’s 20th birthday and everyone loved it I can’t decided which cake to make next


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