Harry Potter Food Ideas: Sorting Hat Cupcakes

Sorting hat cupcakes sitting on a brass tray

Harry Potter Food Ideas that are gluten free can be hard to come by. These Sorting Hat Cupcakes are the perfect party favor and treat!

  • Author: Sift RVA



For the hats:

See my post here at making your own fondant. I used this to make the hats and then sculpt them.

For the cupcakes (this recipe makes 12), you are going to need:

  1. 1 cup gluten free flour
  2. 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick, 8 Tbsp)
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  8. 1 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


For your icing:

  1. 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  2. 8 oz cream cheese
  3. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  4. 23 tbsp milk or cream
  5. 1.5 cups powdered sugar


  1. To make your hats, see instructions here.

    To make your cupcakes:

    1. Mix together in a bowl your flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
    2. In a pot on the stove, melt your butter, add the water, and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil.
    3. Once it has boiled, add it to your bowl with your dry ingredients. Whisk together until there are no lumps.
    4. Add your egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Whisk again.
    5. Set your oven to 350°F and line your muffin tin your liners.
    6. I like to use an ice cream scooper for cupcakes, so, fill your liners 3/4 of the way up.
    7. Place in the oven between 18-20 minutes. When you remove them from the oven, you should be able to stick a toothpick in the middle and for it to come out clean.
    8. Let the cupcakes cool in the tin for about 15 minutes. Once they have cooled a bit, transfer to a wire wrack.
    9. While they are cooling, you can go ahead and make your icing.


    1. Take your softened butter and cream cheese and beat with the paddle attachment in your mixer. Let it beat for a few minutes so it gets nice and fluffy.
    2. Add your powdered sugar and let it carry on for a few minutes as it forms into icing.
    3. It is going to seem a bit stiff, so, now you will add your milk or cream.
    4. Take a bit of the icing out of the bowl, as you will mix this with the four house colors.
    5. Once you have your reserved amount out of the bowl (you won’t need much) add your cocoa powder to the icing. If you feel it is too stiff, then, add 1 more tablespoon of cream.

    Back to your cupcakes:

    1. You are going to make a divit in each of the cupcakes. This is where the color for each house will go.
    2. Separate the icing you took out and place it into 4 bowls, and mix your red, yellow, green, and blue (yay Ravenclaw!).
    3. Fill the cupcakes with the colors.
    4. Once you have filled your cupcakes, fill a piping bag with the chocolate icing and cover the tops so that no one can see what is inside! You want them to be surprised.
    5. Place your hats on top and voila! You have successfully made sorting hat cupcakes! 
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