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Sorting Hat Cauldron Cakes Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen III (Recipe 27)

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This week, we're serving up another Hogwarts House inspired dessert!

Let's jump back into Chapter Five of the Prisoner of Azkaban "The Dementor" to find our next recipe:

"She handed Harry a large stack of Cauldron Cakes"

The famous Wizarding World dessert is back on the menu!

We originally tackled Cauldron Cakes in the Philosopher's Stone so this time round I wanted to create an even more magical twist on the popular Wizarding World treat - with hidden Hogwarts House colours!


This easy Cauldron Cake recipe is made from colourful Hogwarts House cake layers, covered with a black chocolate ganache (to keep the House reveal a surprise) and finished with a fiery homemade buttercream icing! The Sorting Ceremony never tasted better!

If you've been looking for an easy Cauldron Cake recipe follow this simple step-by-step recipe to learn how to make homemade Cauldron Cakes with hidden Sorting Hat centres!


Sorting Hat Cauldron Cake Ingredients

(makes 8 large cauldron cakes)


For the Hogwarts House cake sponges:

  • 16oz butter

  • 16oz sugar

  • 8 eggs

  • 16oz flour

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

  • red, blue, green, yellow food colouring gel

For the buttercream icing recipe

  • 300g butter

  • 600g icing sugar

  • 1 tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • red and yellow food gel

For the chocolate ganache glaze

  • 300g dark chocolate

  • 300g double cream

  • black food colouring gel

Hogwarts House Cauldron Cakes Method:

  1. To begin, prepare the Hogwarts House sponges by creaming the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Lightly beat the eggs and then slowly pour in a bit at a time. (Wizard Tip! Add in a spoonful of flour if the mixture begins to curdle)

  2. Once all the eggs are incorporated, add the remaining flour, vanilla and mixed spice and mix through until just combined.

  3. Split the mixture into 4 and dye into the Hogwarts House colours using food colouring gel. Grease and line 4 sheet pans and add in the cake mix. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180c (360F) until a skewer comes out clean.

  4. While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream icing recipe by whisking the butter until fluffy. Slowly add in the icing sugar, a bit at a time. Once all the icing sugar is incorporated, flavour with milk and vanilla before whisking one last time.

  5. Level off the top of the cakes and use a cookie cutter to cut out circle slices of cake. Stack two layers of sponger with an even layer of buttercream and then chill for 1 hour.

  6. Carve down the sides into your cauldron shape and then cute a small groove into the top. Cover with buttercream once you're happy with the shape. Chill for a further hour before applying one final thin layer of buttercream. Smooth down and then place into the freezer.

  7. To make the chocolate ganache glaze, chop the dark chocolate and place in a bowl. Heat the double cream until hot but not boiling and then pour over the chocolate. Leave for 1 minute and then stir until smooth. Use black food colouring gel to get your desired finish.

  8. Remove the cakes from the freezer and place them on a wire rack over a tray. Slowly pour the ganache around the sides. Use a spatula to fill any gaps. (Wizard Tip! Reuse any ganache that drips to the bottom tray). Return the cakes to the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes.

  9. Colour the remaining buttercream, ⅓ red, ⅓ yellow and leave ⅓ white. Pipe stripes of each colour onto clingfilm, roll together and place into a piping bag with a textured tip.

  10. Pipe the buttercream on top of the Cauldron Cakes, covering any of the sponges showing in the middle. Finish with a sprinkling of edible gold glitter.

Which House will you get?

If you give these Sorting Hat Cauldron Cakes a try then I'd love to see them! Be sure to send in your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #MyHPKitchen and tag me in them too - @BradBakes


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