Introduction: How to Make a Hogwarts Cake
Are you a big Harry Potter fan like me? Then this is the cake for you! It is the perfect balance between everything Harry Potter; you have a chocolate Hogwarts school crest, a house color cake, and a Cursed Child exterior! Let's get started.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
First your going to need to get your supplies and equipment, please noted that not everything is shown in the picture.
What you'll need:
- Wilton's Candy Coating Chocolate (1 bag of each: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White)
- 2 bags of Wilton's Black Candy Coating Chocolate
- 1/4 sheet-pan
- 1 pound of butter
- Powered Sugar
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 2 cake pans
- 6 piping bags
- 5 regular rubber bands
- Hogwarts Crest Template
- Wilton Candy Colors (both boxes)
- 6 eggs
- Box of Tye Dye Cake Mix
- Box of Pink Camouflage Cake Mix
- Heavy Cream
Step 2: Gathering for the Chocolate Crest
First you need to make the Hogwarts school crest. To do so we are going to make it out of chocolate.
What will be needed:
- Wilton's Candy Coating Chocolate (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White)
- 1 bag of Wilton's Black Candy Coating Chocolate
- Wilton's Candy Colors
- A Bowl
- Hogwarts Crest Template in a Transfer Sheet
- 1/4 sheet pan
You can get the Crest Template above. I know its backwards and its meant to be so don't flip it please. You can print it off and slip it into a clear transfer sheet. Make sure the transfer sheet doesn't have any bends or tears in it otherwise it will show with the chocolate.
Step 3: Making the Crest
First you need to secure the template. Set it on a 1/4 sheet pan and tape each corner of the template to the sheet pan to ensure it doesn't move.
Now you need to make some parchment cones.Tear off a rectangle piece of parchment. Bend one corner till it is a sail like triangle. Take a sharp knife or pair of scissors and cut that parchment so the triangle is separated from the rest of the parchment. Roll up the parchment to form a cone. Repeat to make several more.
Take the bowl and start melting the black chocolate in the microwave in 10 second increments.Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of the black candy coloring. Pour the melted chocolate into a cone. Start piping the black chocolate to make the border and shaded areas.
Repeat for the rest of the colors. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of the candy coloring to each color of chocolate, such as green coloring to green chocolate.
Beware that if a single drop of water touches the chocolate it will immediately stiff into molding chocolate and there will be no saving it, so watch all water near it.
After the crest is done, melt off a bunch of the white chocolate. Don't add any color to it, just leave it plain white. Fill in all the blank white spaces with the white. Then make an outer boarder with it. After that fill it in to ensure the chocolate stays together.
Chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes. After it has been chilled take it out and put a piece of parchment over the top. Place your hand on the middle of it and carefully flip it over. After that you can admire your work.
Step 4: Gathering for the Swirl Cake
Now we need to make our cake. I am using boxed cake to save time and because it already came with the needed colors. My apologies but not everything is shown in the photo.
You will need:
- Box of Tye Dye cake mix
- 2 Cake pans
- Measuring cups
- Measuring Pitcher
- 5 rubber bands
- 5 piping bags
- Mixing Bowl
Step 5: Making the Swirl Cake
First butter and flour the cake pans by hand, as I have found this to be the best way to pop the cake out.
Now follow the directions for the cake mix. Then separate it into bowls, about 3/4 cups per bowls. Then add the color to each bowl. For black I use Wilton's Black Icing color.
- Red- 30 drops
- Yellow- 16 drops
- Blue- 28 drops
- Green- 21 yellow + 5 blue
- Black- 1/2 teaspoons
After the color is well mixed in pour each colored batter into a piping bag and rubber band the top of each. Cut about 1/4 inch off the bottom for all the colored ones and 1/8 inch off the bottom of the black.
Carefully pipe in each color. For me I started with red (Gryffindor), the piped black close to the red as shown above. Repeat for yellow (Hufflepuff),blue (Ravenclaw), and green (Slytherin).
Bake at 350* for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Step 6: Making the White Cake
For this cake you'll need:
- Box of Pink Camouflage cake mix
- 2 Cake pans
- Measuring cups
- Measuring Pitcher
- Mixing bowl
Butter and flour the cake pans the same as last time. Follow directions for the cake mix only, don't add any color. Divide in half between each cake pan and bake at 350* for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean.
After they are cooled trim the white cakes down to about a 1/4 of an inch each. Gently brush off any crumbs and refrigerate.
Step 7: Make the Buttercream
Now your going to make a buttercream for the cake. To do so you will need the following:
- 1 pound of butter, soften
- 4 1/2 cups of powered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pint of heavy cream, luke warm
In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Then switch to whisk attachment. Add powered sugar and salt. Scrape down bowl and beat at medium speed until fully combined; scrape bowl and add vanilla, and heavy cream. Beat until fluffy, then increase speed to medium high until light and fluffy.
Step 8: Ice the Cake
Now your going to go ahead and ice your cake. I used a cake ring to ensure evenness.For the filling I use 2 scoops of buttercream for the white layer and 1 scoop for the colored layer. You can ice it however you want but after I did mine I took a long serrated knife, tilted it at an angle and carefully dragged it down to make the little wavy lines. After the cake is iced place in fridge to chill.
Step 9: Do the Nest and Add the Crest
I chose to add this part for the latest release of J.K. Rowling's newest book, "The Cursed Child".
Place a 1/4 sheet pan into the freezer for about 10 minutes. While you wait start melting 1/2 a bowl of Wilton's Black Candy Coating chocolate. After the chocolate is melted add no candy color. Then make another parchment cone; and take your cake out of the fridge. Pour the chocolate in the cone.
Once 10 minutes is up place the sheet pan onto of a solid surface. While gently squeezing your cone go up and down and overlap it a couple of times as shown above.
Give the chocolate a few minutes to set up and then start to lift bits of it off and place onto the sides of the cake. You can put it on the cake to make it overlap a bit. Repeat until the nest looks the way you want it to look.
After you get the exterior looking the way you want it to add 3 dots of buttercream in a triangular shape to place the crest onto. Refrigerate for about 5 minutes, then place your crest onto of the buttercream dots.
Step 10: Enjoy!
Now you can dig in! When you cut into the cake you can see the different house color pattern! I hoped you enjoyed making this as much as I did! Thanks for viewing!