A few weeks ago I received a bunch of goodies from the new Spell Bound range by Sweet Stamp and it included their new letter set. By now you will probably all know I am such a fan of the Sweet Stamp letter sets, I knew I had to create a magical themed cake so I could use it. So in this weeks video tutorial I’m showing you how to make this stack of magical themed books, with a wand casting a spell around the books.
If you’re looking to create a cake for a fan of wizards and magic or maybe you know someone who would love a cake that looks like a stack of their favourite books check out the step by step tutorial below ⇩
In the tutorial I show you how I carve my cakes into the shape of books, how to stack the books, how to make your board look like stones, how to create a wizards wand and how to use rice paper to create your own magic!
Sweet Stamp Spell Bound Letter Set
I have to start by talking about the letter set which was the main inspiration for this cake. I used the new Spell Bound Letter set by Sweet Stamp. I have the larger set, but you can get a smaller version too, which is great for cupcakes. The set comes with uppercase and lower case letters and also numbers, so it’s perfect to add a message onto birthday cakes, or maybe if you need to add HP initials onto your wizard themed cakes. If you tend to make a lot of Harry Potter themed cakes this set would be perfect.
Sweet Stamp have kindly given me a 10% off voucher code, for all of you, if you purchase from their website. That includes everything from the Spell Bound range (and there is so much), plus anything else you like on their website!
To receive the 10% off all you need to do is visit their website sweetstamp.online and enter the code ‘CAKESBYLYNZ’ at the checkout!
In this cake the books are made from 2 rectangular cakes 4.5 x 6 inches which measure 1.5 inches in height. These fit perfectly on my 12 inch drum board which I covered in fondant to look like stone, but you can make your cakes any size depending on how many people you need your cake to feed.
I stacked the cakes with dowels in the bottom tier and a board under the top tier. It wasn’t so much about the weight, but because the top book was set slightly off center the weight from above wasn’t coming down directly in the center of the bottom cake. Without the dowels it could make the cake lean where it comes off the edge.
I didn’t add a lot of detail to the books as I felt by adding the pages and the colour around the outside of the books really brought them to life.
Adding the Magic
A few weeks ago you mights have seen a tutorial I created where I showed you how to make rice paper sails from Vietnamese rice paper (if you haven’t seen it you can watch it here). As soon as I had made the sails I knew they would be perfect for this cake to take on the appearance of a spell coming out the end of my wand.
I coloured them with blue and jade food gel (I mean in my head magic is blue) and formed these with parchment paper so they would surround the book. In 2 of the pieces I added small wires, this meant I could push one of the sails into the end of my wand and the other I slide between the top of the cake and the book cover. If you were pushing these directly into the cake you could use a small flower pic or cover the wire in a protective barrier to make them food safe.
I loved how the rice paper sails looked on the cake, but my favourite part was adding a small amount of blue and silver lustre dust on to the board under the sails to look like light was reflecting off them.
There are so many techniques in this tutorial from covering the board, making your cakes look like books, using rice paper sails and how to add lettering onto your cakes that I hope you will be able to use some of these techniques in your own cake decorating. I had so much fun making this cake and I really hope you like it.
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Tools I used
I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/cakesbylynz
SweetStamp Spell Bound Letter Set: https://bit.ly/3hhr4tH (Use code CakesbyLynz for 10% off)
SweetSticks Lustre – Glamousous Gold: https://bit.ly/3fqM7J4 (Use code CakesbyLynz for 10% off)
SweetStamp Brushes: https://bit.ly/3pa6FsR (Use code CakesbyLynz for 10% off)
SweetStamp Pickup Pad: https://bit.ly/3hbV2z7 (Use code CakesbyLynz for 10% off)
Modelling tools: https://amzn.to/2WWfnOR
Edible glue: http://amzn.to/2iYkZXm
Renshaw Fondant (White): https://amzn.to/2nOa2Kh
The Sugar Paste – Teddy Bear Brown: https://tidd.ly/3zRTrEZ
Smart Flex Fondant – Red: https://tidd.ly/3j214lz
Tylos Powder: https://amzn.to/3AmcjNt
Dipping Solution: https://amzn.to/3hEMyRH
Rolling Pin: https://tidd.ly/3iapf22
Glass Cutting Board (similar): https://amzn.to/3u8t7E3
Plastic Smoothers: http://amzn.to/2pPcb96
Squires Kitchen Belissimo Flexi Smoothers: http://amzn.to/2DrVWAy
Vietnamese Rice Paper: https://amzn.to/3wXhwsw
Sugarflair Shimmer Spray: https://amzn.to/3fLwnAB
Brown Colour Splash: https://amzn.to/3xeHbh5
Jade Colour Splash: https://amzn.to/3h9MY1B
Blue Colour Splash: https://amzn.to/2Tl2BKP
Wilton Burgundy food gel: https://amzn.to/3jxjFI5
Black Colour Splash: https://amzn.to/2SzcYdd
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Brown): https://amzn.to/3yf9NXt
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Black): https://amzn.to/3huMEJQ
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Shadow Grey): https://amzn.to/2EEIOOL
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Chocolate Brown): https://amzn.to/3walFZh
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Terracotta): https://amzn.to/2SJ4tN5
Wire 24 gauge: https://amzn.to/3qJ0Jb2
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