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"Cauldron cakes! Great for sharing."
—Description[src]

The Cauldron Cake are a popular wizarding cake variant. Cauldron Cakes are mass-produced in Pakistan by Qizilbash Quality Confectionary from 1854 onward.[1] They can be bought from the Honeydukes Express trolley on the Hogwarts Express or at Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. Some witches and wizards, like Bathilda Bagshot, made their own homemade batches of Cauldron Cakes.

There is also a transfiguration spell that can turn Cauldron Cakes to cabbages.[2]

History

Sometime during the 1890s, Albus Dumbledore's mother, Kendra Dumbledore, slammed the door in Bathilda Bagshot's face when she came to bring the new neighbours a batch of homemade Cauldron Cakes. This incident was cited in Rita Skeeter's biography of Albus Dumbledore.[3]

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A box of Qizilbash Quality Confectionary Cauldron Cakes

Harry Potter bought some Cauldron Cakes, along with every other sweet on the Hogwarts Express food trolley, on his first journey on the Hogwarts Express on 1 September, 1991. He shared his sweets with Ron Weasley, who did not have the money to buy his own.[4]

When the trolley witch visited the compartment containing Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, Hermione Granger and Professor Remus Lupin, the group thought Lupin looked as if he could do with food, but couldn't wake him. The witch provided them with a large stack of Cauldron Cakes and said they could find her up front with the conductor if Lupin woke.[5]

On 1 September 1994, Harry Potter bought a large stack of Cauldron Cakes from the trolley to share with his friends. Ron later squashed one of them into a pulp in anger after Draco Malfoy mocked him.[6]

In 1996, after the end of the 1995–1996 school year, Harry Potter purchased a large batch of Cauldron Cakes and Pumpkin Pasties for his friends aboard the Hogwarts Express, on the journey back to London.[7]

Behind the scenes

  • As Pakistan came into existence in 1947, Cauldron Cakes may have been made elsewhere by Qizilbash Quality Confectionary before this time, or this may be an example of in-universe elements not aligning with out-of-universe events. It is presumed that their place of origin prior to 1947 would be British India, of which Pakistan was a part.
  • In the PC versions of the video games, cauldron cakes along with pumpkin pasties can be collected and traded, much to the Honeydukes Chef's dismay (acting similar to a dollar foil to Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans in a sense).
    • Though in other versions of the video games, they act as healing items. They also normally appear as actual miniature cauldrons with stuffing inside (only the cauldron part is rendered in a non-edible way). The colours of both the "cauldron" itself and its stuffing vary per video game.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter Wizard's CollectionLabel Collection book (see this image)
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 1 (Year Six Begins) - Transfiguration Lesson "Cauldron Cakes to Cabbages"
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 11 (Aboard the Hogwarts Express)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
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