Kawaii Harry Potter Cake!

kawaii harry potter cake

kawaii harry potter cake

hedwig the owl cake topper

It’s my kawaii Harry Potter cake!!! I made this kawaii Harry Potter cake for my dear friend Mia’s son Theo’s seventh birthday. My journey to being a Potterhead has been, ahem, decades long. Almost twenty years ago my then-boyfriend Rich was plowing through the series (which, when I look back, was rather adorable) and he encouraged me to read them, insisting I would love it. I’ve always had an issue with crappy design. I LOATHED the very first book covers of Harry Potter – HP was too cartoony, the colours were heinous and too geared towards kids (I know it’s a kids book, lol). But, I started it anyway… and never got beyond maybe the first two chapters and just said FUGGEDABOUTIT Harry. Fast forward to 2018 – my mom had just finished the entire series and gifted a whole set of them to Rich and I for our wedding anniversary! I decided to give it another go. Even still, it took until Book 3 to really get into it for me – I would start and finish other books in between like a jerk. But I finally fell in love.

kawaii harry potter cake

Harry is truly a hero. He perseveres through so much and grows up for the first decade of his life without knowing love. TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET y’all. His first trepidatious forays into friendship – and becoming an honorary member of the Weasley family… then, finding out Siruis is his stepfather and finally feeling like he has a father figure in his life and then … JK ROWLING, ya KILL Sirius?? But Harry continues on. I lost it when in Book 7 he visits the graveyard where his parents are buried. Then, when Harry sees his mom for the first time after he’s “killed” and she tells him how brave he has been… just sobbing. I am now reading the illustrated version of Book 1 with Teddy and he is LOVING it.

harry potter fondant pieces

Fondant glasses, lightning bolt scar, smile! I ended up giving Harry one winking eye instead.

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I carefully pressed the fondant pieces into the buttercream, and made teensy fondant ears anchored by wooden skewers.

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Gryffindor scarf!!! My trusty furry favourite, Wilton tip #234 to the knitting rescue.

harry potter cake tutorial

BALD HARRY!

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Okay, this was the part I was STRESSED about. Piping his hair with chocolate buttercream!

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Finished!! Harry was a bit of a flat-head but he didn’t seem to mind.

hedwig the owl cake topper

Then of course we needed Harry Potter themed cake toppers! I drew a kawaii Hedwig and my attempt at Harry Potter font for “Theo” – hehe.

behind the scenes photoshoot

Behind the scenes of my “photo studio!” This is the closest I would let Teddy get to the cake, lol.

kawaii harry potter cake

HARRY POTTER CAKE!!!

half eaten harry potter cake

And… Harry post-surgery. It was a lot of fun coming up with this Harry Potter cake design, and my mom has already asked for it for her birthday too! Honestly I meant to post this in July but – SUMMER happened. However, back to school = back to Hogwarts – so this seems appropriate too… What’s your favourite book in the series? I think Book 7 was my favourite, though I also liked book 6 aka the Voldemort origin story. (Once again, Happy birthday Theo!!)  xo Lyndsay 

Hand Painted Tie Dye Cake!

hand painted tie dye cake

 tie dye cake tutorial

I finally tried edible paint! My dear niece Kensie turned ten years old (WAHHH) and I wanted to make her something special for her kids’ party. It ended up being a hand painted tie dye cake, as Kensie is super into tie-dye right now. It was so much fun and yes, it really is like painting. I think it turned out really cute, kind of 60s wallpaper loose Marimekko cookie canister or something… ! I did not practice beforehand, which might’ve been a wildcard move. I had never used edible paint before, nor was I sure it would even stick on or paint smoothly onto my buttercream “canvas”… but all went well!!! In fact, just before I made up the buttercream, I read the Sweet Sticks edible art paint FAQ and read that it only sticks to dry buttercream – I was about to make swiss meringue, but opted for my simple vanilla buttercream recipe instead! Yay for a tiny bit of forethought! :P

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tie dye cake batter

I used four 7 x 2 inch round cake pans, and divided my vanilla cake batter into four separate bowls, colouring each with a gel colour. Then, with the help of my friend Erin Bakes, I sort of just plopped each batter on top of each other! Then I lightly banged the pans to level out the batter.

tie dye cake batter

Using a toothpick, I made a few lines through the batter to create a “swirly” pattern.

tie dye cake batter

baked tie dye cake layers

The baked cake layers! They turned out pretty cute! You can see a cake video of me stacking, filling and frosting the cake here on my Coco Cake Land Instagram! 

hand painted tie dye cake

If it’s your first time painting a cake, make sure you use “crusting” dry buttercream so the paint absorbs. Start with a chilled cake, too! Chill occasionally if needed while working on the cake, because as the buttercream softens, the paintbrush can muck up the buttercream. After I finished painting, I used a large French open star tip to pipe big drop stars on the top of the cake for a border, and sprinkled it with my favourite Sweetapolita sprinkles!

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The cake all ready for the birthday girl and her guests! :)

Kensie with birthday cake

Kensie with birthday cake

My adorable niece! I think this was when I told her there *might* be a surprise inside! :)

tie dye cake insides

Surprise! Tie dye!! Pretty on the inside!

tie dye cake insides

A nice slice of tie dye cakey fun!! I can’t wait to try more cake painting! I used Sweet Sticks edible art paint, and if you’re in Canada, Scoop n Save carries it! Happy cake painting, cake pals – and happy birthday Kensie!! xo Lyndsay 

Homer Simpson Cake For Sydney

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simpsons cake tutorial

homer simpson cake tutorial

My adorable, blond, curly haired white niece Sydney turned three! For a few months there she was asking me for a Peppa the Pig cake, which I was game for (although, even though I’m an experienced cake designer, I still worried it would shuffle over into peen territory)… but then, about a month ago it changed – to a HOMER SIMPSON CAKE! YESSSS! Sydney loves The Simpsons, and refers to them as “yellow people” (as a yellow person with a sense of humour, I can enjoy this) – and how cool is my three year old niece to request a Homer cake?? Haha.

homer simpson drawing

I’d never made a Homer cake before so off to the drawing board (sort of literally) I went. Rich had the brilliant idea to use the round cake pan for the top of the head, as it’s a prominent Homer feature!

homer simpson cake tutorial

I baked the chocolate cake recipe from my book, dividing the recipe into two 6×3 inch round cake pans and my round sports ball cake pan. Once baked and cooled, I cut the round cakes into four layers total, and filled and frosted the cake with yellow tinted vanilla buttercream.

homer simpson cake tutorial

I think I did three coats of buttercream on this in between frosting coat chills in the freezer – I wanted to get Homer very smooth!

glazing homer simpson donuts

Homer had to have hot pink glazed donuts! But because I am medium-crappy at making donuts, it was Tim Horton’s to the rescue! I sent Rich and Teddy to the corner Tim Horton’s (lol, we live in a city neighborhood) and they came back with plain cake donuts, which I then glazed myself using a simple glaze of icing sugar and a TINY splash of milk. The key to donut glaze is that it takes WAY less liquid than you would think. Start with the tiniest dribble amount and add dribbles as you go to get that thick glaze consistency, otherwise it gets too watery-looking and see-through. Wait until the glaze sets up for a minute before adding sprinkles.

homer simpson cake tutorial

I tried many variations of round fondant eyes for Homer!! He looked pretty freaky for a while, maybe with some light “escaped convict tweaked out on street drugs” vibes… But in the end, I was happy with his big round cartoon saucer eyes! I anchored the top “beret” donut on his head using a hidden wooden skewer!

homer simpson cake tutorial

I was so happy with how Homer turned out!! And Sydney loved it and was literally jumping up and down when she saw it! I glazed extra donuts and brought those on the side, so each kid at the party could have half of a donut!

homer simpson cake cut up

Homer cake aftermath! I love cake aftermath pictures, hehe. Happy Birthday Sydney!! xo Auntie Lyndsay 

Buttercream Piped Rainbow Cake For Pride Month

buttercream piped rainbow cake

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The buttercream piped rainbow cake might very well be one of my favourite cakes to make – each time they turn out differently, but they are always MAJORLY BLASTED WITH COLOUR! To celebrate Pride Month, I teamed up with a crew of excellent cake makers on Instagram to create #freshtakesonrainbowcakes! Hashtag alert! I know, I know. I love making up hashtags. My best hashtag ever though has got to be #putitinyourbagandpipeit, hehe! Makes me chuckle every time…

stacked cake layers

Loved how these rainbow layers looked all stacked up with different shades of vanilla buttercream! I think you could stop right there if you wanted! Rainbow naked cake?? I used the vanilla cake recipe from my book and divided the batter into five bowls, tinting each a different shade. For both the cake layers and the buttercreams, I used gel colours from both Americolor and Wilton brand. My favourite vibrant gel colours are Americolor “electric pink” and “electric purple” – I also love mixing teals, turquoises and sky blue together as well as leaf green and a touch of yellow to make it a bit more fluorescent.

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For the buttercream piping, I used Wilton petal tip #104 to make the roses, Wilton #234 for the furry drop-pom-poms, and Wilton tips #20, #22 and #32 for the drop stars and rosettes! I used a small leaf tip to fill in any gaps as well.

rainbow slice

sliced rainbow cake

Make sure to check out the awesome rainbow cakes of Erin Bakes, Sugar Hero, Style Sweet Ca and Rox Star Bakes! Happy Pride month, year, and every day! Vancouver has their Pride celebrations in August – for the past few years, Teddy and I have marched as allies at the Dyke March, and I feel grateful that we get to live in such a great community. I am also proud to raise Teddy in a way that values and normalizes gay, straight and everything-in-between relationships – love is love, and love is what matters most. xo Lyndsay 

Watermelon Cat Cake!

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It’s a watermelon cat cake! SURE WHY NOT! I teamed up with my Internet pals and brilliant dessert creatives Vickie Liu and Samantha Chiu to form #cutefruitclub – we made kawaii, fruit-inspired desserts to kick off Summer! I’ve been wanting to try a “watermelon” cake for a while, but I wanted to give it a Coco Cake Land vibe – so I made it into an animal, of course! Hehe. Want to know how I made this guy? Read on, reader!

watermelon cake batter

Start off with your favourite vanilla cake recipe (or, try an actual watermelon-flavoured cake recipe like this one from my pal Sugar Hero) and tint it a deep fuchsia/pink colour (I used a mix of electric pink and fuchsia gel colours). Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for “seeds.” Divide your batter evenly between three 7 or 8 inch round cake pans! Bake and cool completely before beginning to frost your cake.

watermelon cake

Make a big batch of vanilla buttercream (you can find my tried and true recipes for both vanilla cake and buttercream in my book!), dividing the batch. Keep about 2/3 cup uncoloured (white), and tint 3/4 cup a nice bright green (I used leaf green). Tint the rest of the buttercream the same colour as the cake batter – a nice bright pink! (yes, I know watermelon is technically red, lol). Fill your cake layers and frost the entire exterior of the cake with the pink buttercream. Then, fill a large piping bag fitted with a large multi-opening tip with the pink buttercream. Fill a small piping bag fitted with a smaller multi-opening tip with the white buttercream, and a small piping bag fitted with a multi-opening tip with the green buttercream! Starting with the green piping bag, pipe the “green fur watermelon rind” (hehe) around the bottom of the cake. Next, pipe the “white fur watermelon rind.” Then for the pink fur, I piped upwards in lines, going all around the cake until it was completely covered. For the top, I started at the edges and worked my way inward.

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Make the fondant face! I used pre-coloured black and pink fondant to make the kitty face features. Use your hands to shape two white triangular ears, anchoring them with wooden BBQ skewers cut to size. Press the fondant pieces into the cake – then add chocolate chips for watermelon seeds!

slice of pink cake

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If you wanted to bypass the cat face part of this cake (BUT WHY), simply pipe the entire cake and add “seeds” by pressing in chocolate chips (swirly-side-down) into the entire cake!

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CUTE, AMIRITE??

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Slice in to your watermelon cat cake friend and enjoy, *wink *wink. Perfect for Summer birthdays – or, make it for that weird and amazing friend in your life who would appreciate a watermelon cat cake, hehe. Don’t forget to check out the #cutefruitclub hashtag on Instagram to see what fruity concoctions we’ve come up with! Happy start of Summer, cake pals!! xo Lyndsay 

Buttercream Blossom Cake For Wilton Cakes

buttercream blossom cake

I frigging love how this bright and colourful buttercream blossom cake turned out! My friends at Wilton Cakes invited me to do a guest post for their blog, along with an Instagram takeover. I wanted to make something vibrant and summery! I made a “cake duo”, and I will post the second cake on my blog as well – it’s also a fun one!

two smooth buttercream cakes

party time blossom cake

These pink blossoms with candy sprinkle centers are the cutest and actually very easy! I combined the blossoms with some piped drop stars and rosettes, along with some candy melt “dots” straight outta the bag (you could use any type of round candy! I love the simple shape of the candy melts, like polka dots). Click on over to the Wilton blog (or my Instagram takeover!) for the whole step by step buttercream blossom cake tutorial, including all the tools you’ll need to create this cake.

buttercream blossom cake

Happy June already, cake pals! xo Lyndsay 

Cake Walk Cakes for Teddy’s Carnival!

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cake walk cakes unicorn cake

Time is flying as usual and it’s already the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Teddy’s school community ROCKS and this year I got a little more involved in the school carnival, taking on the role of Jolly Jar co-coordinator (LOL) because the jolly jar booth didn’t have anyone to coordinate it this year, and the kids fricking LOVE this booth (it is jammed with a huge lineup as soon as the bell rings at 3pm). What the heck is a jolly jar, you ask? It’s a jar ‘o’ fun that is decorated in a (hopefully) creative way, filled with fun things (candy usually, little toys or crafting materials or a gift card etc) that are sold for $3 each as a fundraiser for the school, and there are prizes for most creative jars! For three weeks prior to the carnival, the kids bring in their decorated jars and they all stand around and oooh and ahhh over their favourites and dream about which ones they want… and it’s just so CUTE. The jolly jar booth can never die!!! Anyhoo, I made two cake walk cakes once again! I went for a “blast of candy” design once again, and then decided to unicorn-it-up for the second cake.

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cake walk cakes

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Does a unicorn say “neigh?” I was going to write “I AM MAGICAL” but then I didn’t want that somehow to be misconstrued as someone thinking I was saying that about my own cakes – braggarts be damned. If the cake was for adults, “HORNY” would’ve been mildly funny for one millisecond, but maybe not. Sometimes I still think my unicorn looks like a pig with a shower cap on, but perhaps I am just overly critical, hehe. I will forever love school carnivals (I still remember our singular precious school carnival at my elementary school – now I know why there were never very many, THEY ARE A LOT OF WORK! KIDS, YOUR PARENTS ARE WORKIN’ OVERTIME LITERALLY FOR YA!) and cake walks are what dreams and nightmares are made of (the nightmare of not winning a cake… SAD! But hopefully your friend will share cake with you.) xo Lyndsay

My Dad’s 75th Birthday Sock Hop + Striped Buttercream Comb Cake!

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striped buttercream comb cake

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I’m just a *few* months late in posting this striped buttercream comb cake duo of cakes… I made these back in late November for my beloved Dad’s 75th birthday party bash. My mom went wild and threw him a 1950s themed sock hop party centered around the family jukebox, seventy plus octogenarians (but young at heart and spritely octogenarians!!) crammed like sardines into their two bedroom condo!

striped buttercream comb cake

I frigging love stripes … I wear them practically every day… so of course I am very much into the striped cake trend that’s been ripping through the cake decorating world, hehe. My pal Elizabeth aka Sugar Hero has a great video on how to get those stripes! My stripes on these cakes are far from perfect but not tooooo shabby for my first try with my new bengal cake comb from Ester Cakes!

striped cakes duo

The raspberry topped cake was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and filled with raspberry jam! The peach-blue-purple cake was dark chocolate with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

mom and dad dancing

My mom Linda and dad Gerry! Celebrating fifty years of marriage too, this July… !

dad and lyndsay and cakes

My pops in his uniform – Hawaiian shirt! – with me and the cakes! I’ve made so many cakes for my wonderful Dad over the years!

mom and dad laughing

And I snapped this pic of my parents laughing hysterically, post-party … I hope I can continue to make Rich laugh this hard well into our 70s…! Once again (lol) Happy 75th birthday, Dad! Love you lots and so lucky to have you in our lives! xo Lyndsay