Butterscotch… my new best friend!

Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake

I’ve developed a new found fondness for butterscotch. I was using some morsels as decorations for some pops (I’ll show you sometime later) when I made the mistake of tasting a few. Before I knew it, the bag was half gone. Seriously, those things are good. So good, that when I wanted to make some brownies for my sister’s birthday, I ditched my old best friend, chocolate and made her some over the top yummy butterscotch brownies. And, since it was her birthday, I decided to make them extra special. So, I made her a Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake.

First, I greased and floured some small 5 inch cake pans. I used this recipe for the brownies from Nestle’s website.

Butterscotch Brownies

Then, after they were cooled, I added some yummy butterscotch ganache (recipe below). Make sure to put some wax paper or foil underneath your cooling rack so you don’t get ganache all over the place. See that little bit starting to ooze down the side.

Butterscotch Ganache

In a minute it will look like this. Yes, my countertop was covered with ooey gooey goodness.

Butterscotch Ganache

Now, I really didn’t want to hurt my other best friend’s feelings, so I added some chocolate ganache and sprinkled on extra chopped pecans. For the top layer, I just used the chocolate ganache and when it was almost set up, added some butterscotch morsels for decoration. I thought about spelling her name out with them, but I already used her initials on last year’s birthday cake. So these were just placed randomly on top.

Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake

Here’s the birthday girl. It looked so good, she couldn’t wait for a fork. She may be getting older, but she’s definitely still a kid at heart.

For my sister

Now, you’re probably feeling bad for me because she got the butterscotch birthday cake all to herself.

Well, don’t.

I made a third layer… in a 6 inch cake pan. (Shhhhhhhh… don’t tell her.) Hey, I had to have some to try myself, you know. I topped this layer with lots of chocolate and butterscotch ganache, chopped pecans and extra butterscotch morsels… heavenly!


Here’s a peak at the inside.

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Ganache

6 oz. butterscotch morsels
6 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter until just before the boiling stage.
  • Pour over the butterscotch morsels.
  • Let stand about 20 seconds and stir until smooth.
  • Pour over brownies.

For chocolate ganache, just replace butterscotch morsels for semi-sweet chocolate morsels.

And again, here’s Butterscotch Brownie Recipe I used.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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140 comments on “Butterscotch… my new best friend!”

  1. These look so delicious! Love, how easy they are to make!

  2. The couple, who had their “first look” before the ceremony said, after all, that it would have been exactly the right decision.

  3. omg I will have to try this, sounds so yummy! Thinking add a little coconut flakes on there as well. :)

  4. i have all those ingedients ! i will try to make that ! sounds good!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  5. Omg! this looks divine! I can’t wait to try it. But I want to make this into a regular layer cake for my dad’s birthday..I was wondering if the recipe amounts would work for 2 9inch cake pans? and if not how much should increase everything by including the icing.

  6. I made this butterscotch ganache and poured it over butterscotch pudding cake. So good,so sweet,so good.

  7. It looks so yummy yummy!!!!

  8. Juste délicieux ! Bisous !

  9. I cant wait to make this this week!

  10. Help! When I made this, I divided the batter into two 6 inch pans and cooked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, but they ended up burnt at the top and raw on the inside. For next time, what should I adjust the oven temperature to?

  11. Hi.i like butterscotch flavour but i cant find morsels.what can i use instead of morsels.Thanks

  12. Hi Angie – I made this recipe today as part of my weekly baking adventures. I blogged about it here:

    Holy Hannah – this is a rich one! My version doesn’t look quite a nice as yours, but it tastes SO good. Thank you for the neverending inspiration!

  13. I saw this one and just HAD to try it! Unfortunately we don’t have butterscotch morsels here in Iceland so I had to compromise a little, but all in all it turned out delish!
    Here’s my final result;)

  14. You have no idea how delicious these look to me. seriously no idea.

  15. heyy do u have any butterscotch recipe from scratch??

  16. you should try some mains

  17. You are soooooooooo talented

  18. is the butterscotch brownie a blondie??

  19. Wow, I loved these! I fell in love with butterscotch when I made graham butterscotch cookies, and this was a worthy second. Making the butterscotch ganache and an accompanying chocolate sauce is worth the extra work (versus cutting up a brownie by itself, naturally …!)
    P.S. The new site is absolutely beautiful – a work of art!

  20. just tried this recipe for a birthday cake and it was amazing! i did a 9 inch pan instead of the 5 inch pan and it still worked out great! i had so much fun getting the ganashe on!

  21. This is such a great idea. I baked something with buterscotch tonight and the taste is sweet and rich. Your recipe sounds even better and certainly looks better.

  22. lisaumar – Mine don’t alway turn out with rounded tops. But I love it when they do.

    You can camouflage flat tops with a well rounded glob of frosting.

  23. hi.. the photos are great. love it!!
    i love your site too. Good job!!
    just wondering.. how come your cupcakes came out with a nicely rounded top. most the cupcakes that i did.. didn’t come out as nicely as you photos :(

  24. Wow! i just want to lick that up!

  25. Tiffany – you’re welcome.

  26. I am SOO hungry now! That recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I made another butterscoth dessert for Thanksgiving. I think I’m addicted.

  28. I made this for a Thanksgiving treat and it went fast! I am now craving butterscotch!!

  29. nothing really

  30. That cake looked killer. I love dense cakes and butterscotch and icing and ganache. What else is there really?

  31. Anonymous – YAY

    Suzie – glad you loved it.

    cakes_are_fun – it’s worth it.

  32. Oh my freaking goodness, I missed this cause we were travelin for Thanksgiving, WOW oh WOW, I have to try this one!

  33. It is as good as it looks. We made these to take for Thanksgiving and left them in the 9×13 pan and poured the ganache on top…the were heavenly. Thanks for all you do!

  34. I made this for one of our Thanksgiving desserts after craving it for a week. Yummy!

  35. Stephanie – Hope you like it

    Cheryl Wray – Hope they were a hit

    Sue – Well, I hope you do.

    Aurélie – it’s perfect.

    Anonymous – coming soon.

    Latifa – this one came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Even makes me hungry.

    Dani – THANK THANK THANK you

    Jess – it might be.

    Heather – glad you two stumbled in.

    MarcyG. – YAY – That’s great! I couldn’t decide, so that’s why I added both.

    Jaime – welcome all the way from flickr.

    tervar – glad they were a hit. I almost always heat my brownies the next day. Even the ones without ganache. YUMMY and warm.

    KeL – I can’t stop. Hope your hubby loves it.

  36. Ok! You gotta stop giving us such good recipes…You gonna make us all fat! I just did this brownie, and Im sure my hubby will eat all by tomorrow! He is a sweet crazy!
    Thanks like always

  37. I made these! well, on a regular 9×12 pan then I cut them into tiny squares and put them on cupcake cups. Ganache was delicious, hubby and i couldn’t stop licking it off the wax paper! Day after brownies weren’t as good, i think they needed to be warmed up a bit just to get the ganache gooey again. Everyone loved them at Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for the recipe. Cupcake pops are next! wish me luck.

  38. Oh… my… god. Flickr led me here and I swear I’ve found heaven on-line. I’ll be back again and again, thanks for posting such yummy looking recipes!

  39. Had to share – made this recipe to bring along with other goodies to the family food fest holiday. WOW! Made 1 batch of blondie and divided it into 3 six inch pans. Covered two with chocolate ganache and 1 with butterscotch. Think I actually liked the butterscotch one best! Will absolutely make again! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Oh my goodnesss gracious…. slurp… drool. Thanks for the recipe… I’m making them today!

  41. My husband and I recently found your blog, and we are both super excited! I know I’ll have to try your recipes soon.

  42. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I haven’t been able to eat chocolate in more than two years due to a caffeine sensitivity, and the recipe you linked to for the butterscotch brownies brightened my day considerably. I’ve always wanted to find a brownie recipe that works for me, but I haven’t found the right one. This just might be it! :)

  43. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics!

  44. my god…your photos are delicious!

  45. love all your

    my fav are the cake pops ..could you make some in a wedding theme…love to see your ideas

  46. Fabulous….your blog is very very nice, i love it. And your cake looks fantastic…
    (In advance, sorry if my english is not correct…. ;-) )

  47. Hi…first time on your blog…What a visual treat…I am a baker and your pictures are amazing, makes me want to get up off the couch and go make something….I look forward to coming back..Sue.

  48. This looks amazing!!!!! I just made my very first caramel frosting tonight and it was delicious…sort of butterscotch-like!

    (By the way…I’m making my first cake bites for a Thanksgiving get together tomorrow. They are looking yummy!)

  49. Oh my word! That little cake looks divine! I can’t wait to try it!

  50. LaDue & Crew – you said it!

    morgana – thanks my friend. I like that pic of her too. Hope she likes it.

    alia – thanks

    Madelyn @ Southern Weddings – I've been missing out all these years.

    lyndsie – Yep. just Do It!

    Marie @ Make and Takes – enuff said

    B36Kitchen – hope you find some

    wannabee free – I haven't changed anything, so let me know if it's still messed up for you.

    Anonymous – me too

    Rockstar – thanks!

    Lina – tasted like it too

    Lindsey -It wasn't a mix this time. I made from scratch

    Candi – Hey, he's only one. He'll like it.

    Amy – And, I think you'd turn into a fan.

    Tabitha (From Single to Married) -thank you!

    Linda – He'll love it

  51. My husband is a butterscotch freak. I am saving this to make for his birthday in April! Happy Thanksgiving!

  52. This looks absolutely divine!!

  53. This looks gorgeous! I’m not a particularly big fan of butterscotch, but even I’d eat this.

  54. Holy Butterscoth, Batman! My son turns 1 today and we’re having cake at grandma’s tomorrow but I feel like a bad mother not having something for him today, lol. I think I’ve found my ‘something’. Let’s just hope he likes them as much as I know I’m going to!! Thanks for the great recipes!!

  55. You sure do know how to take your average boxed baked good to a whole new level! I love it!

  56. Looks like heaven!

  57. now THAT looks good.

  58. mmm… that makes me soo hungry..

  59. I looked on your luscious blog yesterday and got to see all the gorgeous pictures, but today it won’t show any. I hope you haven’t changed it somehow and that this is just a strange one-time phenomenon. If you did change the format for some reason, CHANGE IT BACK PLEASE!!

  60. So beautiful. I love butterscotch. I’m dying to get my hands on some vegan butterscotch chips.

  61. Holy Crap!

  62. I have been a “lurking” fan of yours for awhile, but have not been brave enough to try any of your stuff! I need to just DO IT though, everyone looks heavenly! I read your blog everyday!

  63. This looks so delicious! I absolutely adore butterscotch! Yummy!

  64. love your ideas! the pics are great!

  65. Happy birthday, Bakerella’s Sis!!!!

    I love the picture of your sis eating the cake, it’s realy great!

    Sometimes I call my sister just like this “sis”. Well you know… “Sis! Please come here” or “Sis! Did you buy some milk?”. OK translate everything to spanish… except “sis”, of course.

  66. Oh this is amazing looking! Now I know what to do with the butterscotch ones I bought and never used! Finally, a different kind of dessert, full of sin and sass!

  67. bakergirlcreations – thanks!

    puglyfeet – Sorry!

    Jenn’s Baking Chamber – hope you like!

    Happy cook – I wish I had more too!

    chrissy – totally agree

    Maris – If you make it, tell her HB for me

    Pattty Treviño – thank you … thank you

    sarah @ Sweet Endeavors – I’m sure it’s the same.

    Warnell – thought I would wake a few people up.

    sharyl – good luck.

    Tina – WOW! Thanks very much.

    Jennywenny – hmmm, I used Nestle.

    Jaina – thanks

    My First Kitchen – funny

    Demand More – it’s easy to make

    southern daze – I have like 3 bags right now I can’t wait to use.

    Dawn in CA – thanks!

    rach – Hope you like it.

  68. Can’t wait to try that one! Love butterscotch and love your blog!!!

  69. An entire mini-cake made out of brownie batter… perfect! I wish my sister lived close enough for us to have birthdays together. You’re both lucky!

  70. You’ve done it yet again…my mouth is watering and I’m kicking myself for not having any butterscotch on hand. I can assure you that’s been added to my shopping list. YUM!

  71. Oh. Dear. Lord. I want that SOO bad right now. Yum!

  72. Wow. I have no words. Only a really REALLY watering mouth.

  73. I absolutely LOVE butterscotch, I’m so excited to hear that it’s your new best friend.

  74. mmm, that looks delicious. What brand did you use? I think Itried the nestle brand for some butterscotch pecan bars and the bars came out orange and tasted like chemicals. Maybe I need to experiment a bit more!

  75. Your first photo is UNBELIEVABLE! So gorgeous!

  76. i loooove butterscotch!! i think i will test drive this recipe and include it in my gift giving this Christmas.

  77. Wow, that is quite the thing to see on a Monday morning! Amazing.

  78. OMG! I love butterscotch bars (i think i use the same recipe. It’s on the back of the morsel bag.) This looks amazing.

  79. It looks so good yummi yummi :)

  80. Wow, this looks great! My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and I’ve been on the look out for great cake ideas!

  81. Love Butterscotch it is highly

  82. WOOOOOOOOOOOW they are just DELICIOUS. I would love to have a huge slice from the butterscotch indulgence.

  83. WOW, you really know how to make a girl hungry! that cake look so delicious im jelous its not my birthday! the pictures are just mouth watering and I cant wait to make this cake!

  84. Oh dear me. I suddenly have a strong craving for butterscotch.

  85. Yummy! The cakes looks fantastic. Great combo :)

  86. nicole – yes, yes, yes, I think I'm addicted.

    Bryce and Britt – I'm with ya

    Snooky doodle – what, now way!

    Annie – I couldn't resist keeping it for myself.

    Kimberley – happy hunting.

    Cristine – makes it a little more special.

    Katrina – it was

    Amanda – thank you

    Kristen and Ryan – thanks

    Pieceful Bits – glad you liked it.

    Jeanne S – I agree. I never gave it much of a thought before now.

    janel – here's to better baking.

    Jen – You're right. I'll be trying that one soon too.

    Kim – Mine was gone a while ago.

    Dana – I love things mini if you haven't noticed.

    Angela – and I predict they will be delicious!

    Monica H – that's sweet of you. thanks.

    Ms Ashley – thanks

    Atticelf – feed it some butterscotch :)

    CookiePie – it was pretty dang good.

    Rox – thanks!

    Calm In The Kitchen – Hope you like.

    The Tyson Family – glad to help

    Brittany & Barry – me too!

    The Cookie Girl – that's just what happened to me

    Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life – glad you and your tummy like them.

    Whitney – thanks

    alisamel – Hi there! You can use other frosting flavors. And you can use homemade, too. Add it slowly, so you don't add too much.

    Here's a link to my camera stuff:

  87. OMG yummy.. I live in New Zealand and we cant get those butterscotch things here :( although ive had them before and they were scrummy.. Just wanted to say HI and I check your blog all the time.. LOVE the photos and wish I could take good photos of my food.. any tips? I have been drooling over your cake pops and plan to make some in time for xmas.. we can only get chocolate frosting here (and only some shops sell it) if I was to google a frosting recipe and tried making my own would it work the same as bought stuff? Thanks Alisa from NZ :)

  88. That looks amazing!! I would have had to make my own too! That looks too good to give away! What a lucky sister you have : )

  89. Let me just say,..your pictures are mouth watering…I wish I could make my food look sooo good…

  90. Those brownies look heavenly! I am not the biggest fan of butterscotch but when I start eating it I usually can’t stop. LOL Come to think of it….that happens when I chocolate too. :)
    Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  91. I am so excited to try this! It looks TO DIE FOR!!! I, too, love butterscotch. I hope it turns out as good as yours! Delish!

  92. Ooooh…. yummy! As many others have stated, your photography is splendid! As for the brownies, my hips thank you! :-)

  93. Your photos are amazing, I want to reach through my computer and grab that cake!

    It looks so good, I’ll have to try it!


  94. It looks great, and I don’t anyone can blame you for making one for yourself :)

  95. Ohhhhhh – that sounds divine!!

  96. My stomach’s growling just looking at those pics! Yumm-o! Thanks for sharing.

  97. It looks gorgeous and so yummy! Nice job!!

  98. Yum! You’re such a great sister!

    Happy Birthday!

  99. OOOOHHH!!!! You are brilliant, I tell you! I have an idea to make chocolate truffles for Thanksgiving… but now they will be butterscotch truffles (drizzled with dark chocolate… very indicative of Autumn!

    Thanks for the great idea and Happy Thanksgiving!

  100. What a great idea—5 inch mini cakes! I am all for the miniature versions of cakes and of course—cupcakes! They seem so much more fun and festive! Thanks for such great photos and recipes, Bakerella!

  101. Sweet Lord! This looks divine! There goes my diet!

  102. Oh wow does that look good! When I was young my mom used to bake cookies with bs chips – I think the recipe is on the bag but they were called Oatmeal Scotcheroos – they were delish!

  103. Thank you for sharing the secret of finding 5-inch cake pans…and, of course the amazing recipe to accompany them! Now I can add something to my Cmas wish list and justify much more double layer cake baking!

  104. Butterscotch is so underrated! The cake looks like heaven. I'm going to make it for the holiday season, I don't care if it's not red & green!

  105. Blonde brownies are one of my favorites; but with butterscotch, pecans, and chocolate…all the better!!! Your pictures are fabulous.

  106. This looks beyond heavenly!

  107. Gorgeous as usual :)

  108. Goodness gracious, that looks killer!

  109. OH WOW!!!! I make butterscotch blondies for my hubby all the time. Looks like I have found a new way to do it! Your cake looks A-MAZ-ING!!!!!

  110. Wow wow wow wow wow. I think I just drooled a little (okay a LOT)

    I’m going to have to shop around to see if I can find some butterscotch drops somewhere around here, this just looks divine!

  111. Holy crap, that looks awesome! I don’t blame you for making one for yourself, otherwise I don’t think you would have been able to part with it! I know I wouldn’t have!

  112. wow so selicious and great looking pics. Pity I don t find butterscotch chips here :(

  113. YUMMY!! I love love love butterscotch!!!

  114. Aren’t those butterscotch chips soooo good. I’ve been sticking them in my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Love them!

  115. VeggieGirl – you said it.

    Sandy – Maybe you are pushing the stick in to far. Hope you try again. Also, make sure the chocolate surrounds the base of the stick after it is dipped.

    Jennifer – thanks!

    Logan and Emily – hope you like it.

    Leigh – it was.

    MommaKiss – Good luck

    amber – yep, but that’s a pic of my sis.

    Allison Holmes – I’ll revive you with something sweet next week.

    made sweet – thanks

    Susie – Excellent!

    Tania – thank you

    Dana Treat – hope he likes…

    The Food Librarian – she liked it.

    CakeEater – yeah, I think so.

    bakeorbreak – I just bought some of those, but I haven’t used them yet. I bought two other flavors also. Can’t wait to try them.

    Rachael – thanks and you, too.

    L – sounds fair.

    Isa – thanks!

    Marge – you should try it out.

    Bridget – thank you

    the projectivist – you should have seen the ones I didn’t post. Messssy.

    Tanya – I plan on using it more often. Or at least eating just the morsels.

    Carey – Glad to help.

    Brindi – it does look kinda sexy!

  116. Holy smokes! That cake looks hot!

  117. And YOU are MY new best friend! I’ve been allergic to chocolate for years, so I LOVE the idea of doing ganache with another flavor! I’ll just have to try this over Christmas break! :-)

  118. Oh me, Oh my. That is heaven on a platter right there. I love butterscotch but don’t use it nearly enough. Now I’m craving it badly!

  119. ha! i love the piccy of your sister just biting into the cake!

    it all looks scrumptious.

  120. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!!! Oh, that looks delicious. Lucky sister!!!

  121. I’ve never been a fan of butterscotch, but I do believe you’ve converted me! This looks wonderful!

  122. Wooooow, that looks yummy. And your sis looks very happy too. But, really, who would not be happy with that cake?

  123. oh yum…. yum yum yum…. can i be you adopted sister? I’ll clean the sticky gooey counter if it gets me one of those! HA!

  124. That is right up my alley, as I am not a huge chocolate fan. Butterscotch is so yummy! Beautiful photos too (as usual). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  125. I’ve become a butterscotch fan of late, too. Love Guittard’s butterscotch chips. They’re the best I’ve tried.

  126. Never been of fan of butterscotch, but that looks heavenly! Perhaps I could do it with PB chips instead?!

  127. Wow! This is sooooo amazing. What a beautiful birthday gift!!

  128. That is beautiful. My husband’s absolute favorite is butterscotch so I will bookmark this one!

  129. OMG!!! Yummy, yummy, yummy. LOVE butterscotch.
    And your photos are stunning.

  130. Oh my goodness if that doesn’t look delicious. Yummy!! Excellent photography. I wanted to lick my computer screen.

  131. wow. this looks absolutely, incredibly delicious.

  132. WOW that is absolutely amazing! Butterscotch induced coma here i come!

  133. oh, i love butterscotch!

    hey, wasn’t your hair blond? LOVING the red!

  134. WOW! That looks absolutely divine! Great photos too.

  135. I made the mistake of showing this post to my husband. He’s at the store right now picking up butterscotch morsels. Haha. THANKS!

  136. Yum Yum!
    I love the pictures that you have posted. I will be sure and try this recipe next week for sure as it looks declicious! I am new to your site and can’t wait to check out more recipes. Be sure and visit my blog too for recipe ideas :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

  137. Wow! Your pictures are amazing. I am trying so hard to get good pics of my food but it is hard! Anyway, love your site. I made your cake pops for a kids Halloween party and they were a hit. My cake kept falling off the stick when I dipped them though…even after following your directions exactly. I won’t give up though, I want to try again soon! Any suggestions on that? Thanks!

  138. Butterscotch = heavenly.

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