I’ve been seeing this really awesome photo of Sorting Hat Cupcakes on Facebook a lot lately and I had to give them a shot!


I’ll be honest with you, the thought of making these sorting hat cupcakes made me so nervous! Never have I cored cupcakes, molded caramel, or tried to make a recipe video.

What if I screwed up? Or worse, what if they came out perfectly and I bit into a Slytherin cupcake? (just kidding!)

Now, I am definitely not a Molly Weasley. Without finding a recipe on Pinterest, I’m not even sure how I’d bake a cake from scratch. But really, who has the time for that anyways?

I decided to use a store-bought cake mix instead for my Sorting Hat Cupcakes. I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, but you could use whatever flavor you like!

Let’s dive right into the good stuff!


Prepare your cake mix according to the package directions.


Bake the cupcakes and then let them cool completely.

Sorting Hat Cupcakes Simply Potter baked

Use your coring tool to take the middles out of the cupcakes and stuff them with red, green, blue, and yellow mini m&m’s.


Frost your cupcakes! I used milk chocolate frosting (because you could never have enough chocolate, am I right?)

Sorting Hat Cupcakes Recipe Simply Potter frosted

Now comes the tricky part… molding the sorting hat. You need to make sure the caramels that you use are bendy. I used Werther’s “Chewy Caramels” and they were a lot harder to handle that I would have thought. Also, they all ended up not holding their shape longer than an hour. Next time I think I’ll try caramel fudge for the sorting hat cupcakes.

Sorting Hat Recipe Simply Potter topper

Ta-da! Now comes the fun part… getting into your cupcake and seeing what house you chose! Mine was Ravenclaw, which is great because that is my house! 🙂

Sorting Hat Cupcake
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  1. 1 box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix
  2. 1 ¼ water
  3. ½ cup oil
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 package of mini m&ms
  6. 1 tub of frosting
  7. 1 package of candy caramels (be sure they are the soft kind!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Combine cake mix
  3. Bake in oven for 14-19 minutes
  4. Let cupcakes completely cool
  5. Use corer to take out the centers of the cupcakes
  6. Fill each cupcake with a different mini m&m house color
  7. Frost the cupcakes
  8. Mold the sorting hat out of candy caramels
  9. Tear open a cupcake to find out your house!
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