July is a month full of big birthdays - and not only within the "fictional" Potter universe! Our fearless, and genius, leader J.K. Rowling also celebrates her birthday this month...coincidentally, the same day as Harry! Neville, the "could have been" hero of the Harry Potter series, celebrates his birthday on the 30th, just one day before Harry! What "batter" way to celebrate the Wizarding World heroes than to team up with Dinah Bucholz, the author of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, and bring you our "sweetest" contest to date...
"'Anyway — Harry,' said the giant, turning his back on the Dursleys, 'a very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here — I mighta sat on it at some point, but it’ll taste all right.' From an inside pocket of his black overcoat he pulled a slightly squashed box. Harry opened it with trembling fingers. Inside was a large, sticky chocolate cake with Happy Birthday Harry written on it in green icing." - Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone
...that's right! We want to see your birthday cake creations! Whether you have the skill level of Hagrid or can create something worthy of sitting in the window of Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, we want to see it! There are few rules though, so read on to find out how you can enter.
1) Contest is open worldwide to ages 9 & up
2) There are three age groups & each will have 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners, as well as honorable mentions: 9-12, 13-16, & 17+
3) Competition is open to amateur cake decorators only
4) The contest will be judged using a 1-10 rating system within three categories: Theme, Skill, & Creativity (see below for full explanation)
5) All entries must have a photo of the decorator WITH the cake, a photo of the cake itself, a photo of the cake sliced open, as well as a recipe
6) Entries must be received by July 24th. Winners will be announced shortly after & will be available for viewing in our galleries
7) Submissions, along with your name & address, can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org - be sure to include your age group in the subject line
1) Theme: Decorate a birthday cake to celebrate one of the Wizarding World heroes: J.K. Rowling, Neville Longbottom, or Harry Potter himself.
2) Skill: What type of frosting did you make? Did you make a gum paste snitch? Maybe a blown sugar time-turner? Using a variety of techniques earns you high marks in this category.
3) Creativity: We have seen a million cakes with Harry's glasses on them...so tap into your creative side (radish earrings anyone?) and do something unexpected!
- (5) Signed copies of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
- (1) Set of cake decorating tools
If you made it through this whole post, you must be interested! So, what are you waiting for?! Get decorating! Good luck!