Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Easy Gluten Free Butterbeer Cake

For the past few Julys, I have been participating in a fun celebration of Harry Potter's birthday! I was sad to miss it last year since we were busy moving across the country for sabbatical on Harry's special day, but I'm back!

This year, I wanted to try out a simple cake mix hack in order to make a butterbeer cake. I was super pleased with the results—and even better—my family thought it was amazing. Gluten-free cake mixes don't come in many varieties. Usually I only find either chocolate or yellow, so it's up to me to make birthday cakes a little snazzier than that since we need them to be gluten-free.

Easy CAKE MIX RECIPE hack to make an amazing GLUTEN FREE BUTTERBEER CAKE for your next HARRY POTTER party

For this butterbeer cake, I started with a gluten-free yellow cake mix. I used this one, but I'm sure that any GF yellow mix will work just fine. Because I am a lazy baker (hello, cake mix hack!), I just used some canned buttercream frosting and gold sprinkles. It was perfect, but if you are a frosting connoisseur, you may want to make our own.  Now I just need a kid to have a Harry Potter themed birthday party so that I have a good reason to make it again.

Gluten Free Butterbeer Cake


1 gluten-free yellow cake mix
1 small (3.4 ounce) box butterscotch instant pudding
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp rum flavoring
1 tsp gluten-free vanilla
gold sprinkles

Make this amazing butterbeer cake for your next Harry Potter party. It's gluten free, and easy to make | cake mix recipe hack


Mix all ingredients together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Spread batter evenly into two 9" round cake pans.

Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Baking at the lower temperature helps the batter cook more evenly and prevents the doming from happening in the cake. I just learned this trick and it works like a charm! Perfectly flat rounds that are easily stacked for a perfectly shaped cake. I love it!

Cool cake and frost. Top with golden sprinkles. Or whatever other Harry Potter-esque topping you want.

A simple cake mix hack for HARRY POTTER BUTTERBEER CAKE. It's GLUTEN FREE, easy to make, and totally delicious!

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Happy birthday, Harry!

See my past Happy Harry Potter posts here:

How to Make a Golden Snitch Costume

Harry Potter Book Club Ideas (includes a yummy Butterbeer recipe!)

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

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