Harry Potter Book Birthday Cake
The Story behind this Cake
I was asked to make this cake for a 23 year old girl that loves Harry Potter. I googles harry potter cakes and these book cakes came up. I have never baked a book cake before so was very excited to be able to make on. I never followed any tutorials on how to make this cake, except the carving of the shape. I used a 12 inch by 9 inch rectangle tin, and baked 2 Victoria sponge cakes. I must admit I do not draw my designs on paper, as I can't draw very well, all of my ideas are in my head.
Making the models
I generally take 2 days to bake, butter cream and ice my cakes. Once all of this was done, it was time to make the book come to life and give it some character. I cut lines all round the edges to create the effect of pages in a book, and I them used 4 different browns to create an antique effect, this consisted of, antique gold lustre dust to give it a shimmer, dark and light born, and then a cream, I also used a pure white to make more the 2 browns, to get the shading that I wanted. I then basically used a soft brush and blended onto my cake. Once I had create the old look, I used my antique gold to put the shimmer into the corners, to give it a authentic look.
Once I had done this, I rolled out a separate piece of fondant to create a top page that was separate so it looked like the pages were separate, and I could then put some life into the book, by bending and giving it a dog eared look (if you know what I mean).
Once this was all complete,I scoured a line down the centre to create the folded page, I used the edge of my palm to create this, at this stage is when I made the scarf so that I could put it straight onto the cake to give it a realistic effect as I didn't want sat flat on the cake, I then mixed up some dark brown sugar flair food colour and mixed with clear alcohol, and wrote with a very thin (0) paint brush, happy birthday on the page. I then placed all my characters on the book were I thought they looked good. And hey presto the book came to life.
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