Sorting Hat Cupcakes


This week was Michelle’s 21st Birthday (woohoo!!) and we all celebrated like we were turning 21 again. We had some friends over for drinks and gifts before heading out to bars in Santa Monica.

As the biggest Harry Potter nerds you’ll meet, we used the occasion as an excuse to make a craft we’ve been excited about for ages. All of our guests bit into these sorting cupcakes to find out which Hogwarts house they belong to. As proud Hufflepuffs in our every day lives, we were reluctant to abandon our yellow for Slytherin, but it was fun to venture into the dark side for a night.

These cupcakes were so easy to make and were a huge hit amongst our friends. To make it even more fun we proceeded to play games throughout the night, scoring house points for our teams. It was a hilarious way to spend a night out with our girlfriends.

As busy college students on a budget, we have no shame admitting that we sometimes make our desserts from a box. These were done with Betty Crocker cake mix and vanilla frosting and were delicious. But, kudos to anyone who makes them from scratch! We’d love to see your versions.


  • Cupcakes (1 box Betty Crocker vanilla cake)
  • Frosting (2 containers Betty Crocker vanilla frosting)
  • 5 large ziplock bags
  • A large star-shaped frosting tip
  • Scissors
  • Food coloring (red, yellow, blue, and green)
  • A sharp knife
  • Toothpicks
  • A printer & computer

Scoop 2/3 of the white icing into a piping bag (we use large ziplock bags and cut a small hole in the corner) with a star tip.


Divide the remaining 1/3 of the icing into four separate bowls and dye them red, yellow, blue, and green. Red dye is particularly tricky to mix, and our secret is to dye it pink first before adding red. It requires less dye and is much faster. Then scoop the four colors into piping bags with normal round tips.


Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a hole in the center of the cupcakes. Only cut 2/3 of the way into the cupcake, careful not to cut all the way through. Save the piece of cupcake that you remove. Divide the cupcakes into four groups for the four houses and pipe the icing into the holes, filling them half way. There should be an equal number of cupcakes for each house. Gently place the removed piece of cupcake back on top, concealing the icing beneath it.


For decoration, create a template of Hogwarts crests (we used Microsoft Word), then print and cut them out. Glue them to toothpicks with a hot glue gun and set aside.


Pipe the white icing onto the cupcakes. By now you should not be able to tell them apart. Insert the toothpick decorations into the cupcakes. Careful not to remove the toothpicks before taking a bite though, they will ruin the surprise!




Happy sorting (and 21st birthday to Michelle)!

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