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Cauldron Cakes

Cauldron Cakes

This is part II of my mini-series on Harry Potter snacks from the books brought to life (part I is on Honeydukes treats, part III features every wizard's favorite drink—butterbeer!— and part IV showcases decadent butterbeer cupcakes).

When I was young, I wanted to grow up to be a writer. I also wanted to be a teacher, deep sea diver, and a cashier at McDonald's, but that's a different story. In early elementary school years, I would furiously write about anything and everything that came to mind. My stories expressed the affairs most important to a seven year old girl—monsters, dolls, and the first day of school. Though often incomprehensible, I was proud of my work. At the ripe age of eight, I took it upon myself to complete my first novel, Baby Gaga, which included 50 short chapters on the adventures of an articulate toddler learning to share, nap, and eat ice cream.

It would seem I had a bright future in writing, but all of this was cut short as soon as I entered fourth grade. Somewhere along the way, I just lost interest. Perhaps writing wasn't "popular." Perhaps I was too critical of my own work—nothing I wrote was good enough to satisfy me. At home, I would devour novel after novel, but I was no longer tempted to write my own.

Cauldron Cakes

For years, scarcely a sentence flowed from my pencil.

Then Harry Potter entered my life.

When I was fifteen years old, I became obsessed with the series. I would drink in as much of the magical world through the books and through the movies as I could. When that was no longer enough to satisfy my cravings, I began to seek out more. I discovered others who felt the same pull, the same desire to create more of this rich world. Together, we would write our own stories. I would borrow JK Rowling's characters and take them on my own adventures. I developed little known characters and gave them a story. A purpose. Writing became fun.

And the words began to flow from my pencil once more.

Harry Potter inspired me to continue writing again.

Cauldron Cakes

Since then, I've worked to keep writing a part of my life. Over time, my chosen topics have changed as my style has evolved. Gone are the days of writing about Harry Potter. Instead, I find myself journaling or finding small ways to share bits and pieces of my life with you.

While baking seems to come naturally for me, writing is still a challenge (and I imagine it will always be so). I often struggle with finding the right words to express the ideas swimming around my head. I am a slow writer, yes, but I have grown to love the art of the word. Sharing these words, thoughts, and ideas with you has become a natural part of my life. While writing can often feel like a chore, I find that the more I write, the more I am unable to imagine not writing. It has become a form of expression, a freedom, that is impossible to find anywhere else.

Cauldron Cakes

These Cauldron Cakes are the ultimate Harry Potter eye candy. They are easy to make, fun to eat, and, above all, delicious. Though the steps may appear long or complicated from a quick glance at the recipe below, I assure you they aren't. In less than an hour, you can have one of these cauldron cakes in your belly. By simply flipping a cupcake over, it opens a whole new world of possibilities. These cauldron cakes consist of devil's food cake cupcakes dipped into a rich chocolate glaze and filled to the brim with marshmallow filling. Chocolate chips form the cauldron feet, which not only keep these cauldrons looking more authentic, but stop the cauldrons from rolling around. I like to think the edible gold glitter means these cauldrons are filled with a little Felix Felicis (or "liquid luck").

These cupcakes would also make a perfect Halloween treat!

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Cauldron Cakes
Inspired by Bakingdom

Yields 12 cauldrons

12 devil's food cupcakes
1 recipe for Chocolate Glaze (below)
1 recipe for Marshmallow Filling (below)
Approximately 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Edible gold glitter

Chocolate Glaze
6 ounces (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons butter

In a double boiler, melt together the chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Glaze will be relatively thick. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes before use. If chocolate thickens too much, return to heat and stir until smooth and melted once more.

Marshmallow Filling
1 cup Marshmallow Fluff (or prepared marshmallow cream)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, beat together the marshmallow fluff, shortening, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

To assemble
Using a cupcake corer or sharp knife, cut out a cavity in the bottom of the cupcake. When using a knife, I run it in a circular motion around the cupcake, while always pointing the knife towards the center (this will make the cavity cone shaped).

Dip the top of the cupcake into the chocolate glaze. Flip the cupcakes right side up and let rest until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes. To speed up the process, place cupcakes in the refrigerator.

To make the cauldron feet, take 3 chocolate chips and form a small triangle, placing each chocolate chip roughly an inch from the others. Place the top of a cupcake onto the chocolate chips and push down ever so slightly so the chocolate chips will stick into the chocolate glaze. Repeat for the rest of the cupcakes.

Place remaining chocolate glaze into a piping bag and pipe a chocolate rim around the edge of the opening to the cauldron. If chocolate is too thick to pipe, heat chocolate glaze up until warm and allow to sit until glaze thickens slightly. If chocolate glaze is too runny to pipe, wait a few minutes until the glaze thickens to a pipe-able consistency. Alternatively, you could use a knife to spread the glaze around the edge of the cupcake.

Fill a pastry bag with marshmallow filling and pipe into the cavity of the cupcakes. Garnish the top with edible gold glitter.

To make cauldron handle, melt the remaining chocolate chips, stir until smooth, and place into a pastry bag. You don't need a special tip for this step; I simply cut off the very end of the pastry bag which was sufficient. On a non-stick mat or wax paper, pipe out the handles (feel free to use any pattern you'd like). I recommend measuring the cupcakes with a ruler to determine how wide you need to make the handles before piping. Let the chocolate set until hardened, approximately 30 minutes, before very carefully peeling off of the non-stick surface and placing into the top of each cupcake.

And you're done! Eat and enjoy.

Cauldron Cakes

Reader Comments (31)

Omg I love your site even more now, GO HARRY POTTER! Last year I kind of made up my own cauldron cake, I made a simple yellow cupcake, but inside each one I placed either an Oreo cookie or a Reese's mini peanut butter cup, so it was like a surprise. Then I sprinkled rainbow sprinkles on top before baking, so it created a cool rainbow tie dye kind of effect on top.
07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEster
Lucky day! Felix Felicis!
07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKS
You are obviously the best person ever. The work you put into your writing is worth it; you always sound so natural and I love your style! And we're some sort of twins, because I used to obsessively write my own Harry Potter stories with my friends too...
Also, I'm probably going to end up commenting on every Harry Potter recipe you make because 1) it's Harry Potter and 2) you make the most AMAZING treats!
07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
Those cakes are soooo cute and look sooo yummy! I wanted to be a writer, a photographer, a teacher & veterinarian when I was young. Went into advertising and now a stay at home mom. Go figure! I wrote one book, don't remember how many chapters. I was in middle school, so it was filled with anxiety and angst. I burned it in the family fire place when I was in high school! LOL!
I too found a deep love with HP fanfiction. Its the only way that I can get Ginny and Draco together these days. ;)
These cauldron cakes look gorgeous. I can't wait to try them out! I'll have to make them Thursday for the midnight premiere! Thanks for sharing.
07.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentersecretsinstars
what the...this is just ingenious! Such an utterly brilliant idea, and the end result has turned out so perfectly. Lovely indeed, im pretty sure they taste darn good too :)
Great job, I love it! And they look DELISH! ;)
07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamCyn
These are adorable! I got on the HP bandwagon late, and am only on book 4 right now. I really need to speed through them so I can see the last movie while it's in theaters!
You have me drooling! Wow!! I want one now!
07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterShumaila
You, your writing, and your treats are incredible. So envious of how your words flow so naturally - not overwrought with adverbs and rambling sentences, which is such a pleasure to finally find on the Web. You're writing is an inspiration to me for my own blog, and likely is for others as well.
07.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
Those cakes are so cute and creative !
Love them !
07.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanille
WOW!! What a cute ideas & treats
07.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterQyanx
Maria-- You are much too kind! Oh, Harry Potter. Still can't believe its all going to be over!

Laura-- It's funny how life turns out. I never imagined I'd want to be a baker when I was, but now I can't imagine it any other way!

Secretinstars-- Exactly! It's about time they released they were meant for each other. Let me know how these cupcakes turn out if you make them!

Maggie-- The series really picks up after book 4. I'll be very surprised if you can put it down for long. Enjoy it!

Stacy-- Thank you so much for the kind, kind words. You made my day. :)
07.15.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
These are truly a work of art. I have never seen anything so detailed and amazing. I am SO inspired!
Nice to see another HP fanfiction/general nut has found their way into food blogging! I used to spend so much time reading and writing HP fanfics and moderating an HP forum. Heh.

Lovely cakes and a beautiful blog, glad to have found it :)
I made these for the HP midnight premier and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the great method!! Delicious too!
07.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
This is fabulous!!!! It also brought back out, all the tears and sobbing I had repressed since the final premier.... but it's great, I'm going to re-read all the books for the um-teenth time while having a Harry Potter themed feast!!! These will help me deal with the death of my childhood! So much love!
07.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKami
It's good to know that these movies are finally over and I can stop hearing about them soon. It's also good to know that most Harry Potter fans can now return to not reading anything at all. Nice cupcake recipe!
07.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGoaheadcensorthis
I love food blogging sites. But I ESPECIALLY love yours!
07.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJo
Cauldron Cakes for the release of the last Harry Potter movie!
08.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLean the drink
I am probably the only soon-to-be-60 (on my next birthday) woman (I'm also a witch) who is a total "Potter Head". My son bought me the whole series of books when I was recovering from breast cancer (I'm 10 yrs. out!) and I just fell in love with all the characters and the stories. Your recipe for these cauldron cupcakes is the best one yet. Thank you so much. Can't wait to make them for Halloween.
10.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterWytchy Woman
These look awesome! I can't wait to make them for my birthday party next weekend! Like the writer on the page, I was re-inspired to write after reading Harry Potter. I'm still a bit young, but I'm on my way! Thanks for the recipe!
Just tried this out, loved the recipe, but using Devil's Food cake mix was probably not the best option, a thicker and harder cake mix for the cupcake would be more convenient because the cupcakes began to fall apart when dipped in the chocolate glaze, and I had to refrigerate them so that they weren't as soft. Regardless, I'm very excited to reveal the finished project at the Harry Potter Fanathon my friends and I are having tomorrow in celebration of the release of the last movie (We all get together before the movies come out on DVD or in theaters and dress up as characters, eat HP related food, and watch all of the movies back to back!) So sad that it's all over, but I'm glad there are people like you who keep Harry Potter alive!
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis
These look awesome! I had a lot of trouble with the handles and so I just cut that out. I think this mini series was an inspired idea. More series like this would be great!
01.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
Kristin, thanks for the inspiration! I made the cakes for my daughter's 12th birthday party (she's a great Harry Potter fan - as is the rest of the family). I like your recipes (will surely make more in the future) and admire your photography. You can check out how my cakes turned out on my blog:
03.30.2012 | Unregistered Commentergrowntocook
These are delightful! I've made them three times now and they've become my go-to Halloween party treat. Thank you very, very much for the inspiration. Last night, I changed it up a little and made one batch of fluff with purple coloring for the "witches cauldrons" - but no matter, at both parties I heard from my foodie adult friends "oh my gosh, they're like little HoHos!" Needless to say, they disappeared faster than than you can say "Accio!"
10.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane
I tried these thanks to the inspiration. My daughter was thrilled. I made a huge cauldron for her party and cupcakes for an eggless challenge. In fact our whole group will be trying it out. Thanks a lot.
12.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterArchana I'm doing a Creative Activity assignment for my Child and Youth Care program. I have to create a book of creative projects and activities. There's a section under Literature. This is really perfect for my assignment, as a Harry Potter theme project like this will not only teach the kids baking skills, but also new ways they can bring the books they read to life. I was just wondering if I can use your recipe for my binder of activities for the kids? Thank you. You will be referenced and credited.
01.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJolynn
I looked up several versions of cauldron cakes. Yours looked like the best bet. I'm about half-way done. (They're in the refridgerator getting harder.) Mine aren't nearly as pretty as yours, but they are delicious!
01.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPolly
I love this Recipe and also i want to try this and also i'm going to have a Harry Potter Movie Marathon this upcoming Saturday w/ my Cousin Angelle !:-)
07.27.2013 | Unregistered Commenterallie whipple
This recipe is FAB! And i feel kind a conected to you cause i was always writing when i was younger and i wanted to become writer! Haha :) Going to make these ofcourse!
04.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

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