I was asked by my daughter to make a 'Harry Potter' themed cake for her best friend's 18th Birthday. I had seen many cakes depicting the books, sorting hat, wands etc and wanted to do something different. I had seen a Harry Potter Mandrake Cake but thought the root person wasn't ugly or magical enough. I made my own version!
The plant pot shaped cake was baked in.....a plant pot! I lined it with baking parchment and cake release. Just a nice pound cake recipe. Once cooked and cooled I sliced it into 5 layers and filled each one with toffee sauce and chocolate fudge frosting. Once assembled back in the shape of the plant pot, I covered it in terracotta coloured fondant, and placing it large end down, left it to firm up.
The Mandrake was made from fondant and the upwards roots were modelled around wire. It was left laying flat overnight to dry out the roots. It was then hand painted with food colours and then when dry it was dusted with two shades of icing shimmer, getting darker green as it went up the roots. The leaves were green fondant and were also dusted with the shimmer for a little more texture.
Once upright, the plant pot had the Mandrake placed on it and chocolate fudge frosting spread around the roots. Crushed bourbon biscuits made a great soil!
My 15 yr old daughter was really creeped out by the cake, she asked me to move it as she felt like it was staring at her! The birthday girl was really thrilled and was able to 'uproot' the mandrake before we all ate her plant pot!
This Harry Potter Knight Bus Cake is the triple Decker Knight Bus from Harry Potter 3. My son is fascinated by all means of transport and this is what he asked for this year for his 7th birthday. I have so far made a castle, a plain now a bus! I was given the added task of making the bus stand on wheels as apparently “it doesn’t count if you can’t see underneath”.
To do this I got 2 metal brackets (luckily my dad made these to size), you can find similar in diy shops or squared door handles. I cut a piece of Perspex to size and used 4 wheels from my son’s construction set.
The cake was 3x 12inch square Madeira cakes sandwiched together. This cake works best as is very solid and stands up well when iced. I cut 1 and half inches off the top of all three to keep the aspect right, and then cut out the rear door. Takes along time to cut out all the windows but if its standing up you have to do all sides. The purple icing was pre coloured from a local cake supply shop, but hand coloured for windows and grill.
I left standing the cake up until we were at the venue as don’t think it would travel to well. We decorated the board together with sugar paper. Only bit I would let him do!
In total this cake took me 21 hours so be warned. I hope you like it as much as my son and all his friends.