My now 6 year old daughter is obsessed with Harry Potter, so she was dying for a Harry Potter party.  We (well OK I) tend to go a little nuts with the theme, but this was such fun! As I’m not confident enough in my cake making abilities to create Hogwarts, I decided that Hagrid’s Hut would be a good idea (after running it past my daughter of course).

Anyway, I have the over sized cupcake/cake pan, so I used that to shape the cake.  I covered it in dark grey, light grey and green moss colored butter cream, then went ahead and started the fondant.  This was my first time ever using fondant.  I colored it with the Wilton Icing Gels and it was easier than I thought (though quite sticky).  I shaped the stones out of the grey icing and went to apply them, but they wouldn’t stick…so I called my father in law for advice (he makes wedding cakes).

He suggested using jam to “glue” them on. I used raspberry as that’s what I had on hand.  Just used a new, clean kid’s paint brush and a thin layer of jam and applied it to each piece of fondant before sticking them on the cake.  The same was done for the roof  (then I realized that a child at the party has a nut allergy and since the jar of jam wasn’t new, I had to make her a cupcake without cross contaminating it…hence the lightning bolt cupcake on the side).

I used the door off of our Lego Hagrid’s Hut set and placed the characters from that around the cake as well.  My daughter was SO excited and happy with the cake.  It was time consuming but so worth it!