Sorting Hat Cupcakes

Sorting Hat Cupcakes
I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and it’s a passion that has found its way into my family’s life. Two years ago we decided to take the Harry Potter challenge where you watch all 8 movies in 24 hours. I made Harry Potter themed snacks and set up a “potions” table for the kids to do experiments. We had so much fun that we began doing it at least once a year, usually around Christmas. Every time we celebrate our Harry Potter tradition we try something new, exploring everything there is in the Harry Potter world. We did face paint to look like our favorite characters, we hid envelopes in our house from owls for our son to find with activities for every hour we watched movies, and we have tried many potion experiments such as exploding soap.

Sorting Hat Cupcakes
Receiving his letters!
Sorting Hat Cupcakes
Little Harry!

But one our favorite parts has been the wizarding world themed snacks. Butter beer, broom stick desserts, treacle tart, and cauldron cakes. My absolute favorite so far was sorting hat cupcakes, a recipe I found on the internet and tweaked for our family.

Sorting Hat Cupcakes
The sorting hat is a rite of passage in Hogwarts, every student tries it on to be placed into their house. On JK Rowling’s website Pottermore there is a quiz that places you into a class but this was a creative way to do it at home. I made cupcakes and made four batches of frosting, one for each house color. I filled an even amount of cupcakes with each color and then topped with a combination of the frosting to hide the filling. Then the prospective Hogwarts student picks a cupcake and is randomly assigned a house. We had so much fun with this. Mason and Torie both got Raven Claw, I was way too excited about getting Gryffindor, and Thyler received a Slytherin cupcake.

Sorting Hat Cupcakes
Line the frosting up like this for a magical swirl!

This is definitely going to become a staple at our yearly Harry Potter party. You can use any cake mix, I love vanilla for this because it makes the colors pop.

Sorting Hat Cupcakes

Sorting Hat Cupcakes

Sorting Hat Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • White cake mix
  • For Whipped Cream Frosting:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Red food coloring, blue food coloring, green food coloring, and yellow food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin with liners.
  2. Combine sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla, and cake mix in a bowl. Fill liners up 2/3 of the way full and bake for 22 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl whip cream cheese, sugar, salt, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream together. Chill for 20 minutes.
  5. Split frosting into 4 different bowls and add one color to each.
  6. Use a straw to cut a small hole into each cupcake. Fill 6 cupcakes with each color using a small spoon.
  7. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on your counter and spoon some frosting on it, side by side. Roll up the plastic wrap and stuff inside of a piping bag.
  8. Pipe onto each cupcake.
  9. Enjoy!
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