I cut a 13" sponge cake into shape, added height using cut offs and covered the whole cake including the board in white fondant icing. With a very soft wide brush and black, green and brown food colour I painted the rocks. To paint these I used the coloured paste as if you were water colour painting -- wetting the icing with water first, then dabbing tiny bits of each colour onto it and using a soft brush blending them together. Drips can be left to set a little then blended in with the same brush (this makes dark and light areas on the rock).
The dragon was fairly easy to make from marzipan, the wings caused a little problem where they thinned out but I used pieces of sponge to hold them up whilst they dried. Harry's broom stick needed to look as though it was flying so to give it extra support I made a tiny cloud that stuck out slightly from rock. I think the cake would have looked better without the cloud but I compromised so that the homemade Harry Potter and the Golden Egg cake was solid enough for traveling.
Harry Potter was easy, I just positioned his marzipan legs over the broom stick, added a sausage for his body which I then covered with coloured marzipan and moulded with end of size 000 paint brush (ideal for smoothing out and putting in creases, etc.). His face was a little bit young looking but I looked at the book cover and he did look quite a lot younger in the Goblet of Fire than he does now. The eggs were made of fondant and the golden egg on top was rolled in Gold sugar shimmer.
I make all of my childrens birthday cakes, and my daughter just had to have a Hermione from Harry Potter Cake so I had to uphold my end of the bargain.
I used the Wilton Little Mermaid cake pan, tweaked a few things and made the image into Hermione. I started off by putting frosting on the lower half of the cake from her chin all the way to the bottom of the cake. I then traced a scarf pattern into the frosting with a toothpick.
The red hair that wrapped around Ariel naturally became a scarf that wrapped around Hermione (don't ask how I came up with that, but it worked). The face on the mold I made a little rounder so it didn't look so much like a cartoon. This took just dropping the jaw line a little.
The eyes I made a little more oblong and less like a princess. The hair-Hermione is known for her bushy brown hair so with that, I made the hair really full. I used the Wilton tip #16 for the entire face and scarf, and the tip #48 for the hair.
I wasn't sure how the cake would turn out, but I think I pulled it off, my daughter was thrilled.
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I made this chocolate cake in a star shaped tin and iced it in purple. I then made all the decorations out of coloured ready-made icing and marzipan - and placed these in the corners of the star and the middle of the cake.
The children had lots of fun spotting things from the books - Harry's glasses, Hedwig (and the letters she'd just delivered - I rolled out and cut white rectangles then used black writing icing to put squiggles on to look like addresses). I copied Hedwig from a picture. Quidditch balls were easy to make as was the broom (which had a chocolate stick handle) and wand.
The spellbooks had "spells" iced on them, the cauldron was a black icing ball - I pushed a finger into it then turned the rim over at the top. The sorting hat is decorated with yellow sugar stars.
Finally I made Scabbers the rat and Harry's baggy jumper.
I made a small rectangular cake (not in picture) also iced in purple which I placed below the star. It said "Happy Birthday from Harry Potter" in orange and had birthday candles around it.