July 31st is the birthday of The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter!
In honor of this occasion today, we thought it would be cool to share some photos of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry cake that Darla Wireman over at Bakingdom made a while back for the release of the final film.
The Harry Potter-cake represents the four houses of Hogwarts – Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin – and Darla wrote that she wanted to create a cake that she thinks would be served in Hogwarts’ Great Hall. And, as Darla pointed out, since nothing is as it seems at Hogwarts, the cake follows that same pattern: it’s white and plain on the outside with just a white banner and the four House flags, but once you cut into it, there’s a colorful checkerboard design inside that represents the colors of the four Houses.
From Darla’s post:
That’s why today’s post, and today’s treat, is dedicated to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I wanted to make Hogwarts a cake, but one that suited everything we’ve learned about the school. I made a delicious spice cake with cream cheese frosting (recipes below), keeping the outside rustic and homespun, just like I think they would serve it at Hogwarts. I covered the whole cake in a thick, fluffy, creamy buttercream and left it au natural, rather than smoothing everything down. Next, I created a banner with the first lines of the Hogwarts school anthem to drape across the top of the cake, as well as each of the four house banners. I love the way the cake looks, and I can easily picture it sitting amongst the amazing desserts and puddings in the Great Hall. But nothing at Hogwarts is what it seems, and this cake is no different.
She also posts the recipe with step-by-step photo instructions for the cake, as well as downloadable content, tips, and other recipes to help you can have your very own Harry Potter-themed party. Pure awesomeness!
Head over to Bakingdom for more details and photos.