Crafted with Magic: Hogwarts Cake Unveiled at Warner Bros. Studio Tour for 20th-Anniversary Celebration

It’s been nearly 20 years to the day since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released, and since then, the magic of the series has only grown. When it comes to celebrating such an anniversary, there’s no better way than with a good slice of cake.

A massive Hogwarts Castle cake was debuted at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. A truly astonishing sight to behold, this cake weighs in at 220 pounds, measures six feet wide and five feet tall, and is a scale model of the entire Hogwarts Castle as we have seen so many times throughout the series.

 

220 lbs Hogwarts Castle cake helps celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone release.

 

Clearly, this isn’t your average birthday cake, and who would want one of those after seeing this piece of art sitting in the middle of the Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour? World-renowned cake maker Michelle Wibowo is the mind behind the cake and has been designing it since March. It’s not all frosting and fondant, you know! More than 320 hours of planning, building, baking, sculpting, and hand painting (not to mention that secret ingredient of love) went into the edible masterpiece. On top of being gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat, the entire cake was made using vegan-friendly ingredients. Wibowo commented on her creation:

There could not be a more exciting assignment for a cake sculptor than to bring to life one of the most famous and magical structures ever imagined, so as a Harry Potter fan, I leapt at the chance to bring Hogwarts to life in cake form. This has undoubtedly been my biggest challenge yet and has involved many long days and late nights, but it’s been worth it to see the reaction today as the fans witnessed it for the first time and were served the first slices!

 

Massive, 200 lbs cake unveiled at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

 

Upon its unveiling, “the cake was donated to One Vision, a local charity dedicated to fighting food poverty, with the cake being distributed to disadvantaged and deserving families and individuals.”

Lucky fans got the first slices of the delicious Hogwarts Castle at the same tables where Harry, Ron, and Hermione enjoyed their first meals as wizards and witch. 

It’s been an incredible 20 years of magic since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone‘s screen debut. Here’s to 20 more and a lifetime after that.

Press Release

SPECTACULAR HOGWARTS CAKE UNVEILED IN THE GREAT HALL CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST HARRY POTTER FILM

  • Huge Hogwarts cake unveiled at Warner Bros. Studio Tour [London] - The Making of Harry Potter in celebration of the 20th [a]nniversary of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film on 16th November 2021
  • 6 feet wide, 5 feet tall and 100 kg scale model of Hogwarts [C]astle was created by world[-]renowned cake artist Michelle Wibowo
  • Cake was donated to One Vision, a local Watford charity fighting food poverty

MONDAY 15th November 2021 – A spectacular cake depicting Hogwarts Castle has been created by artist and cake sculptor Michelle Wibowo to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone releasing in UK & Irish cinemas.

Standing 1.5 metres tall and nearly 2 metres wide and weighing over 100kg, it was no cake walk for Wibowo, who took over six weeks to create the mouth-watering [sic] masterpiece, which is even internally illuminated with 30 lights.

Michelle, from West Sussex, unveiled the cake to the delight of local fans who arrived early to Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter in Watford to give Michelle a Hollywood handshake of approval and enjoy the first slices at the very table fans will recognise from the films, where Harry, Hermione, Ron and co tucked into their own first meal at Hogwarts.

The special anniversary cake was made from vegan[-]friendly ingredients and took over 320 hours to build, from planning, building the structure, baking, sculpting, and hand painting the masterpiece.

Michelle first discussed the idea back in March and began studying the incredible architecture of the world-famous castle that has been [the] home of many epic adventures and battles and featured in nine films to date. She began by sketching the castle from various photos and the actual model on display at the Studio Tour before building the structure in 10 different sections.

Wibowo said: “There could not be a more exciting assignment for a cake sculptor than to bring to life one of the most famous and magical structures ever imagined, so as a Harry Potter fan, I leapt at the chance to bring Hogwarts to life in cake form.”

This has undoubtedly been my biggest challenge yet and has involved many long days and late nights, but it’s been worth it to see the reaction today as the fans witnessed it for the first time and were served the first slices!”

Once revealed at the Studio Tour, the cake was donated to One Vision, a local charity dedicated to fighting food poverty, with the cake being distributed to disadvantaged and deserving families and individuals. The food programme aims to break the cycle of poverty by temporarily providing basic food items for individuals who are facing financial poverty.

Polly Cochrane, Country Manager of WarnerMedia UK & Ireland, says, “What celebration isn’t made better with a cake? For this anniversary, we wanted to celebrate with an extra special - and really big - one! The detail on this creation is truly unbelievable, matching up to the stunning vision that is Hogwarts. I’m incredibly impressed by Michelle’s artistry, and it has been wonderful to celebrate two decades of Harry Potter movie magic in the Great Hall, right where it all started”

Enoch Kanagaraj, [f]ounder and Chief Executive of One [V]ision [c]harity, said: “This Hogwarts cake is a monumental achievement! Huge congratulations to Warner Bros. on the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film and to Michelle for producing this incredible cake. Hundreds of our service users and key workers will be delighted to receive a piece!”

The official 20th [a]nniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be celebrated on the 16th November 2021.

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Facts & Figures about the cake:

  • Created by cake artist Michelle Wibowo, commissioned by Warner Bros.
  • Took 320 hours to create
  • Weighs 100 kg
  • 1.5 metres tall, 2 metres wide, built in ten sections
  • 36 square feet
  • 30 internal lights

 

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