Cauldron Cakes (Spice Cakes from Harry Potter)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Serves: 21,Yield: 21small cakes
  • About This Recipe

    “These cakes are from the Harry Potter series. You’ll love them even if you don’t read the books.”

    Ingredients

  • 2cupsflour
  • 1 1/2 cupssugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 1/2 cupsoftened butter or 1/2 cupsoftened margarine
  • 1cupmilk
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 3eggs
  • 3/4 teaspooncinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoonginger
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix eggs, sugar, butter,cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla in large mixing bowl on whip for 2 minutes.
  • Mix other solid ingredients and milk in gradually in the large mixing bowl.
  • Put batter in muffin tins (DO NOT FILL TO HIGH THESE CAKES SHOULD BE SEMI-FLAT). Bake 25 minutes.
  • Decorate with sprinkles and frosting if desired.
  • These cakes go well with honey.
  • Reviews

  • “When I started off making this, I halved the recipe and added a bit more ginger and cinnamon with some allspice.I got about 6 muffin tins, but I was a little generous with the batter.They tasted so good, I ended up eating two and realized I needed more for my company, so I made more; this time a full batch.I also added cinnamon and sugar on top.After reading the reviews, I opted for a nonstick pan with nonstick spray in each cup.The cakes came out perfectly the second time…and were even better!Yay for cauldron cakes!This is my new fall staple!I love how they remind me of applesauce muffins; I might try adding some applesauce in place of sugar for my next go-round…”

  • “These cakes are very good and I think you will enjoy them whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan. I would say that 25 minutes prep time rather then ten is required and that the recipe makes about 24 cakes which will fill two muffin pans making it necessary to cook only a dozen at a time which of course means you will have the cakes in the oven for about 50 minutes. The recipe is very good and can be followed exactly. But for some additional tips, It might be better to use butter with this recipe and instead of putting the batter directly into the muffin tins you might want to put baking cups into your pan and then pour in the batter to keep the cakes from sticking. “

  • “I made these cakes for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) for a party before the movie started. I was really apprehensive when I started making them, but the stress was for naught. The recipe is easy to follow, and it ended up making 24 mini cakes (2- 12 cupcake pans), and even then I did not fill the liners full and they rose extravagantly.The only thing I did not like was that there was no topping for these cakes, so I whipped up an Orange Crusting Cream Cheese Frosting to top them with. The orange flavor is a beautiful contrast flavor to the spice in the cakes; very refreshing.”

  • “Made these for my sister’s birthday(she wanted a Harry-potter theme) and not only her, but the whole family loved them! The cakes turned out very nice: fluffy, cinnamon-y, and just a little bit sweet.Just one thing I would like to say is that these don’t work too well as ~cauldron~ cakes. Maybe I was just picturing something a little different, but they just didn’t look right for the part.Thanks for sharing!”

  • “this is really good and simple i made them and they were gone in a few hours. my son liked them and he wont hardly eat anything. great recipe”

  • “woot woot!! i cant wait to try this!! tankies soooooo much for putting the recipe up!!!”

  • “ummmm. ick.These cakes were tasteless, dry, and barely manageable only after applying an inch of frosting. I was expecting a moist spice cake, and I got a dry crumbling mess of something with the taste equvilent of cardboard. tehe.”

  • “This cakes are great,i think i did put too much batter because i just got 16,i had to omit cinamon and ginger (they are for someone a bit picky)but the taste is very good,and they took only 15 minutes probably cause i got the oven fan on.I also reduced sugar to a cup.Thanks so much for this great recipe!”

  • “These were awesome, and not real sweet! I made them in mini muffin pans and baked them about 13 mins. The kids couldn’t stop eating them.”

  • “Quick, easy and YUUUMMMOOOO!!! I reduced the amount of sugar to 1 cup.”

  • “I like this recipe a ton! I had to take out the cinnamon, though, as my cousin was allergic to it, but I found if you add on honey or any sort of flavored syrup, they’re also good! Thanks for showing me this recipe!”

  • “These were very good and about how I imagined them to taste while reading the books. I added just a tad more cinnamon and ginger as well as sprinkling a cinnamon sugar mixture on top of half of the muffins and marbling it into the dough. Also, I used baking cups and they tended to fall apart when they were removed from said cup.I ended up with a batch of 24 with about 10 of them spilling over.”

  • “awesome! perfect for a party to go with the upcoming release of the final book of the series, or just anytime you need a tasty dessert!”

  • “love it!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  • “Great!!!!!Tasted like I thought these cakes were taste!Thanks so much for the recipe!”

  • “These were excellent! I added a bit of honey (and a bit less sugar) and it made it a touch more flavourful.”

  • “Light, with a sponge cake type texture, these cakes have a nice mild flavor.Living in Denver, once in a great while, I encounter an altitude problem in baking, and I did with this recipe, due to no fault of the recipe.When the first batch fell flatter than Snape’s face when he looks at Harry, I added two tablespoons of milk to the rest of the batter, and turned the temperature up to 375 degrees.Next time I make these, I will decrease sugar to 1 and 1/4 cups to also help make the altitude adjustment.Thanks, Michael,for sharing a fun recipe I enjoyed making with my daughters!”

  • “Great recipe!I don’t do much baking but this recipe came out great for me.The first time I cooked them in the muffin tin and the second time I cooked them in a loaf pan.Both ways work great.Very tasty!”

  • “These cakes were very yummy and easy to make.I used a mixed spice instead of the ginger and cinnamon. The kids loved them.”

  • “Simple to make and as non cake maker they came out a treat!Very sweet but the kids absolutely loved them. Great!”

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