Being a Potterhead who raised two Potterhead’s, I simply had to say yes to the invitation to review and giveaway this cool cookbook. While The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for kids is not associated with or authorized/approved by J.K. Rowling, her publisher, or Warner Bros. I think you and your kids will find the 50 magically simple, spellbinding recipes a delight this time of year. I’m sharing the Cauldron Cake recipe with you today, more about this delightful cookbook and a giveaway!

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for kids

My thanks to Ulysess Press for sponsoring today’s post and giveaway. I received a complimentary copy of The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for kids to thank me for my time.

About The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids: 50 Magically Simple, Spellbinding Recipes for Young Witches and Wizards: 

This new hardcover cookbook is packed with 50 delicious recipes, easy step-by-step instructions, and spellbinding full-color photographers perfect for any young Harry Potter fan. The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids by Alana Al-Hatlani will have aspiring witches and wizards brewing potions, baking stellar treats, and cooking creative dishes in no time. From breakfast all the way to dessert, this book makes any meal or snack extra special (and educational!), with recipes like:

  • Rock Cakes
  • Granola Bars “Owl Food”
  • Magic Star Fruit Salad
  • Pumpkin Pasties
  • Cauldron Cakes
  •  Acid Lollipops
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Butterscotch Beer

“With The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids, you’ll find magical, fantastical recipes inspired by what students might eat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, plus some other meal ideas that witches and wizards-in-training might eat at other magic schools around the world. After all, there’s only so much meat pie a kid can handle!” author Alana Al-Hatlani said. “If you are just starting out in the kitchen, you can begin with some of the recipes in the Snacks and Small Treats section, as well as in the Drinks section, and make sure to read through the helpful advice for beginner cooks.” Bring the wizarding world into your kitchen with The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids!

My Thoughts:

I loved flipping through this cookbook filled with fun and fun-sounding recipes like acid lollipops while also finding several recipes I can make for family dinner like an easy chicken pot pie. The treats recipe section even has a recipe for making applesauce which I thought was a great way to get kids to eat fresh apples. 

The Takeaway:

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids is the perfect primer to get the young chefs-in-training active in the kitchen with their parents. As a family, you’ll have fun learning cooking terms and kitchen skills with recipes that range in complexity so that all kid chefs and their potions masters (or parents) can whip up something amazing.

As promised, here is the recipe for these delightful looking Cauldron Cakes. I’m going to try making them very soon. Excerpted from The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids by Alana Al-Hatlani. Copyright © 2021 Ulysses Press. Reprinted with permission from Ulysses Press. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

From The Author- Alana Al-Hatlani:

“Here’s a fun take on cauldron cakes, which are sold on the train trolley: a rich chocolate cake with a melty molten center. If you want to practice transfiguration, try to turn one of these cakes into a cabbage. Though be careful—that’s a spell for sixth-years!”

Cauldron Cakes Recipe:

Cauldron Cakes Recipe

Yield 4 large or 6 small cakes / Cook time 30 minutes


nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons flour
powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease 4, 6-ounce ramekins or 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.


Dust the ramekins or muffin tin with the cocoa powder, making sure there are no blank spots.


To a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and butter.


Melt the chocolate and butter in 30-second increments, stirring the mixture between each increment. Set aside to cool to room temperature.


 In the base of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or in a bowl with a whisk, whisk the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt until pale and increased in volume. 


Slowly whisk in the chocolate mixture to combine, then whisk in the flour.


Divide the batter among the 4 ramekins or 6 muffin cups, filling them three-quarters of the way up.


Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges of the cake look set and the center is puffed. If using a muffin tin, bake for only 8 to 10 minutes.


Allow to cool for 1 minute before having an adult help invert the warm cakes onto a plate. Dust the tops of cakes with powdered sugar, if using.


Serve warm, cracking open the center of the cakes to watch the little cauldrons ooze.

fresh baked cauldron cakes

Doesn’t this dessert look tasty? I think I’d have to dip a finger in the chocolate goodness to get every last bit! For more yummy dessert ideas, just visit my dessert page here on the blog. 

Learn More:

I invite you to learn more about the author if this cookbook, Alana Al-Hatlani who is a baker by morning and food writer by night, by visiting her website here. If you would like to purchase a copy of this hardbound cookbook, head on over to Ulysses Press here.  

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Thanks to today’s sponsor, Ulysses Press, a lucky reader will win a hardbound copy of The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for kids. Entering is simple, but please read over all terms before entering. 



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