12 Great Wizarding Cakes for Harry Potter’s Birthday
By Jill Harness
Did you know Wednesday was Harry Potter’s birthday? To celebrate, here are some of the finest cakes inspired by the famous J.K. Rowling series.
1. No One Should Eat the Forbidden Forrest
While there are plenty of Hogwarts cakes out there, most of them only include the castle. Charly’s Bakery went above and beyond by including the grounds of the school, including the whomping willow, Hagrid’s hut and the Forbidden Forrest. They also included all of the Horcruxes.
2. Getting Some Perspective
Tastycakes’ take on Hogwarts is impressive not only because of its size, but also because it really captures the layout of the grounds. The cake features the staircase first year students take when they get off their boats, Hagrid’s hut, and the start of the Forbidden Forrest behind his shack. And while the cake is massive, it has all kinds of tiny details that make it truly incredible.
3. Special Effects for a Special Occasion
The lights and smoke that emit from this Hogwarts cake take it from pretty impressive to mind-blowing. Of course, it’s hard to expect anything less from the cake magicians at legendary Charm City Cakes.
4. Say Hello to My Little Friends
While the Cake Apothecary’s version might not be 100% accurate to the movie layout or feature special effects like some of the ones above, it makes up for it by adding in some of our favorite characters, including a few students in class within the cake itself.
5. Show Your True Colors
In an effort to celebrate all of the houses, Bakingdom created this fantastic cake that looks like it's made from scarves of all the different houses. This would be a perfect treat to open Quidditch season with a message about good sportsmanship.
6. Sorting Through the Sorting Hat Cakes
There are a whole lot of Sorting Hat cakes out there, but this one by Highland Bakery goes above and beyond by putting him on top of an already impressive cake painted with an image of the Hogwarts Express.
7. Send Hedwig Away to Enjoy The Cake Below
To be fair, Rosebud Cake’s sculpted bird cage and Hedwig aren’t part of the cake, but they certainly do add a lot to the design and they were made specifically for this project. Hedwig and her cage must be lifted up to reveal the cake underneath. Of course, the books, glasses, wand and potion are all edible.
8. A Perfect Perch for Hedwig
Into tall cakes? Then you’ll love this giant broom cake by Deb Kichline. As if the detailing, including a quill, ink, books, a wand, a scarf, golden snitches and Hedwig aren’t already impressive enough, you should know that the owl and snitches actually rotate on the top of the broom. Plus, the custom cake stand was equipped with an iPod and speakers so it could play the Harry Potter theme as the top rotated.
9. They’ve Grabbed The Golden Snitch In Love
While many of the other cakes on this list are more complex, the simplicity of Sweet Talk Cakes’ design is what makes it perfect for a classic, yet geeky, wedding, which is precisely what Allyson and Casey had in mind while planning their big day.
10. This Cake Is Ready to Bite Back
The great thing about this Book of Monsters cake by Cake Central user judy2808 is that you don’t have to stroke its spine gently in order to experience the delicious lessons inside. As a bonus, it comes with a tiny version of Dobby, complete with only one sock.
11. It’s Like Biting Into Your Favorite Book
Cake Central user pbjoachim took the covers of the Harry Potter books and placed them on perfectly shaped cakes with a wand and a ribbon bookmark. Bravo!
12. The Every Flavor Cupcake Topper Collection
The great thing about these cupcakes by Claire’s Cupcakes is that they have so many different icons on the tops. All of the houses are represented in two different ways, there’s a sign for Platform 9 ¾, the Sorting Hat is there, the obligatory glasses, lightning bolt and brooms are present, and, my personal favorite, there are even Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans on some of the cupcakes.