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Gryffindor birthday cake

August 1, 2011

This is the first of two (yes, two!) Harry Potter Birthday cakes. Have I gone mad? you ask. Am I no mere muggle but actually a wizarding cake-maker, pretending to do science and cooking the hard way? Erm, neither. I was commissioned to make two childrens’ birthday cakes this weekend (names E and L, in case you were suspecting), the money for which going towards our Cycle to Paris Fundraising. (IRDB Just Giving).

It’s amazingly more daunting producing cakes when people are paying for them. The pressure / mere clumsiness wore off by the second cake, but more about that with the next post. This was a simple victoria sponge with a few winning ingredients for which you’ll need to visit a cake shop…

Gryffindor decorative bits:

  • Sugarflair red, black extra, brown and yellow food colouring paste (supercook yellow is just about ok, but you’ll need the extra concentrated others)
  • toothpicks
  • icing sugar
  • flower paste (see to order some. Or buy some “ready to roll icing” which works the same)
To make some Harry Potteresque decorations first take the sugar paste / icing and roll it into a ball. Use a toothpick to drop food dye onto the ball, then gently knead in the colour. Add more until the desired shade is achieved. This works for the broomstick, glasses and scarf (yellow bit). To make the red stripes, I took a paintbrush to apply the red colour directly. Do everything on baking paper dusted with icing sugar, and ideally wear gloves (yes, now you can feel like a scientist too! Or a compulsive hair-dyer). Once finished, leave the shapes on baking paper (like above) to dry for a few hours or overnight. When ready, they will be hard and easily can be picked up and placed on the cake.

Ok, now for the cake. Easy peasy bit. This is a classic victoria sponge, 4 egg recipe. Use this for any simple cake, fill with jam and cream, or make buttercream for the top and filling. Or simply dust the top with icing sugar. Or make some chocolate buttercream and cover the whole thing. The possibilities are endless.

  • 8 oz each of SR flour, butter, castor sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • Jam, or fruit, to fill
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5, 190 oC. Grease and line two 8″ tins. Cream together the butter and sugar well until light and fluffy, and in a separate bowl beat together the vanilla and eggs. In alternating additions, sift over a third of the the flour and baking powder, then a third of the egg mixture, and mix briefly to incorporate. Repeat twice more, mixing at the end just until everything is evenly combined (don’t overdo it). Pour the batter between the two tins and bake for 20 minutes, until the cake is springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tins.

To make the buttercream, blend together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Add a little milk until the frosting is easily spreadable, but be careful not too add too much or it’ll become watery. Assemble the cake using jam/fruit and buttercream for filling, and frost the top also. Finally, place the gryffindor decorations on the centre. To finish off,  take some of the leftover frosting and dye with food colouring, then use a piping bag and star nozzle to dot coloured shapes around the top edges. Ta daa! Just like magic.

Of  course, you don’t have to have a Gryffindor cake at all. A Slytherin cake would only require purchase of one colour (green), after all.

But then maybe it would be an evil cake.

Just saying.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 12:54 pm

    I want a slytherin cake! It looks awesome btw 🙂

  2. August 1, 2011 11:52 pm

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