Halloween Harry Potter Cakes

It’s Christmas Eve, so I thought I better post what I did for Halloween, haha. My friend Jordan asked me to make cakes for her Harry Potter themed 25th. I had a blast coming up with different cake ideas! Everything was vegan which added that extra level of challenging, but it was worth it. Sorry for the dark photos, I took a lot of them at night time. Many thanks to my friend Gerry for lightening them up so they were somewhat usable!

The centrepiece cake was vanilla with a coconut caramel sauce layer. The icing was a bit sloppy but it kind of works on this cake. I topped with popcorn, pretzels, Oreos, and shards of chocolate bark I made from dark and vegan white chocolate.

I also made sorting hat cakes, and filled with vegan hard candy, so when you bit into the cake coloured candy would spill out, revealing your house! I used fondant for the sorting hats. Really chuffed with how these turned out!

Last but not least, I made pumpkin spice cupcakes, topped with a glace cherry painted in orange dust to look like a miniature pumpkin. I wanted to use glitter but orange glitter was not available. Still, pretty pleased with the result.

I had a blast making these for Jordan and I can’t wait to make more magical cakes in the future!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Halloween Chocolate Bark

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It’s hard not to notice the growing presence and popularity of Halloween here in Australia. My American friend was shocked to hear I never went trick or treating, or carved a pumpkin. But now it’s everywhere! I don’t mind, but I know a lot of people are wary of being too ‘Americanised’ (despite Halloween not originating in America).

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So Halloween. Being relatively new to Halloween, I wanted to try my hand at some ‘traditional’ Halloween flavours. I love pumpkin, both savoury and sweet, so versatile and delicious. I’ve made pumpkin pie before but wanted to do something a bit different.

Over the past year I’ve become a big fan of Katharine Sabbath (@katharinesabbath on Instagram). I love her flamboyant style of baking and wanted to do something reminiscent of that. In particular I love how she makes chocolate bark, so I tried to do that for the cupcakes.

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This chocolate bark is melted white chocolate. I then dyed some white chocolate with Americolor purple gel and some Americolor Flo Coat to allow the water based gel to mix with the oil based chocolate. I didn’t add enough Flo Coat though so the chocolate still seized up; will have to experiment with that a bit more. Breaking the chocolate bark was a mission haha! I think I made it too thick.

My local IGA had candy corn in their imported section, so I threw that in along with some sprinkles! I’ve never had candy corn, and it’s delicious. And obviously very bad for you. But delicious.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
(Adapted from Wilton.com Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes)

Makes approx. 24 cupcakes
150g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin, boiled mashed and cooled
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 180°C. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly one at a time.

Add dry ingredients and beat until combined. Add pumpkin until combined. Add milk until combined.

Spoon cake mix and divide into cupcake patties. Bake for about ten minutes or until cooked all the way through. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Top with cream cheese frosting and chocolate bark.

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Here is me co-ordinating my outfit with my cupcakes, hehe.

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Happy Halloween!