Old Fashioned Butterscotch Cupcakes

Butterscotch Cupcakes

Butterscotch brings back memories of my childhood and is a flavor that you don’t see much anymore.  We didn’t have many sweets in my house when I was growing  up (which is probably why I have such a sweet tooth now) so even getting a piece of hard candy was a treat.  We usually had cinnamon, peppermint, and butterscotch and butterscotch was my favorite.  I just love the buttery sweet flavor so when I was debating about the type of cupcake I wanted to make, butterscotch seemed like a great choice.

After a few trial runs, I have found the taste that my family loves.  I have made a couple of other cupcakes using a combination of  creamers, puddings, and toppings and have found that they add the perfect touch.  You can check out  my Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes and Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes for similar recipes.


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • Add 1 box of instant butterscotch pudding
  • Add 1/4 Cup of butterscotch topping

Add the pudding mix and butterscotch topping to the cake mix and make according to directions on cake mix box.


  • 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 tsp Butterscotch Flavoring (you can use caramel or rum flavoring)
  • 1/2 Cup Butterscotch Topping
  • 1/4 Cup Milk or Heavy Cream
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar 
Mix shortening, butterscotch topping,  flavoring, and milk/cream with an electric mixer on low speed.   Alternately add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.  You may need to add more milk or cream to achieve correct consistency.
Drizzle with more butterscotch topping if desired.
*Note – Like I said in the post above, I tweeked this to achieve the taste I wanted.  You can add more or less flavorings to suit your taste.
Some people have asked what type of butterscotch topping I used ~ I used Smucker’s Butterscotch Toppin


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29 Responses to Old Fashioned Butterscotch Cupcakes

  1. Miz Helen says:

    Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I just love the flavor of butterscotch but never thought about making it with cupcakes before. Visiting from Diana Rambles and just pinned!

  3. Rita says:

    YUM! I love butterscotch and these look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Melissa says:

    Thank you for linking up these delicious cupcakes to our Simply Create Link Party. We loved them so much we featured them today!!


  5. Monica says:

    This looks absolutely divine! And not complicated at all, which I love. (:

  6. Yummy! This sounds right up my alley! Thank you so much for linking up at our Busy Bee’s party! We are very happy to have you! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    Have a great day!
    Joye & Myrna

  7. Delicious cupcakes. The butterscotch definitely brings back memories and I love it too. I will definitely be making this soon. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday.

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Oh yum, butterscotch and caramel are my favorite flavors. I loved the butterscotch hard candies as a child also. Every now and then our local Arctic Circle has a Butterscotch Topper. Oh is it ever so good. I will be making these for sure. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I am not seeing a link back to the party.

  9. Diana says:

    That looks delicious!!!! I’m featuring you tomorrow during the Weekly Creative party. 🙂 XO

  10. What a clever recipe. Your photos are very inviting. We are pinning this right now!

  11. emily says:

    that looks easy… and OH so delicious!! Thanks for taking the time to link up to Tasteful Tuesdays @Nap-TimeCreations.com. I do feature round ups on Saturdays and Tuesdays now, so make sure you are following the blog in some way so you know if YOU are featured…GFC, facebook or bloglovin are my recommendations :o)

  12. Yum! I love butterscotch, and the recipe with the cake mix + pudding + butterscotch topping is fabulous!

  13. These look amazing!!!

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  17. OMG…these sound wonderful and easy to make!

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  20. Morgan says:

    Do you actually make the pudding or add it dry?

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  22. Holly says:

    What do you use for the 1tsp butterscotch flavoring?

    • admin says:

      Sorry it has taken so long to reply. I have been on vacation and did not access to internet. Can you imagine?

      I got my butterscotch flavoring next to the vanilla in Walmart. You can also use vanilla or caramel ice cream topping.

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