Mar 1, 2012

Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

Instead of a cake for Oldest's Harry Potter party, I decided to make these Cauldron Cakes made famous at Honeyduke's (you know the sweets store that the Hogwart students take trips to).

There were a couple of recipes out there. I stumbled on the one I used when I was looking for other Harry Potter recipes. I thought they were the cutest ones I had seen for sure. They also sounded the yummiest.

So they immediately went on my list.

I simplified the recipe by using a cake mix for the cupcakes instead of making them from scratch. They were still completely delightful.

PLUS they were AH-dorable.

So if you have a Harry Potter party in your future, or you just want to make some yummy cupcakes, here is a recipe for you.

Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes
adapted from The Pastry Affair

12 devils food cupcakes made from mix
1 recipe of Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
1 recipe of Marshmallow Filling (recipe follows)
about 1/2 cup chocolate chips
edible glitter or glitter cake gel *optional

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. The 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 powdered
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.
Assemble Cauldron Cupcakes
Using a sharp knife, cut out a cavity in the bottom of the cupcake. That is right, the bottom, flip the sucker over. Run the knife in a circular motion around the cupcake, while always pointing the knife towards the center (this will make the cavity cone shaped).
Now 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. You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator.
To make the cauldron feet on the bottom of the cauldron (the top of the cupcake), 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 you do not have a piping bag, you can put the chocolate in a baggie and cut the tip. If chocolate is too thick to pipe, heat chocolate glaze up until warm. If chocolate glaze is too runny to pipe, wait a few minutes until the glaze thickens to a pipe-able consistency. 
Fill a pastry bag (or again another baggie) 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...or again a baggie with a cut tip. On a non-stick mat or wax paper, pipe out the handles (feel free to use any pattern you'd like). It is not a bad idea to measure 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.
Then display your lovely Cauldron Cakes and enjoy a treat at Honeyduke's.

Come back and see how to make your own Firebolt broomstick.

Have a marvelous day!

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