The Harry Potter fans among our ranks will know that today is the release date of the newest film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. What better way to celebrate an exciting new magical yarn than with cake?
Birthday Mischief Managed is a Wizarding World inspired collaborative cake project founded in July 2014 by Chef Mitchie of Mitchie's Munchies. Generally timing their annual reveals to coincide with Harry's (and author JK Rowling's) birthday, the project brings together talented artists from around the world who share a passion for all things Magic.
This year, to mark the highly anticipated new movie, the group has shifted their reveal from HP's birthday to the film's release. Likewise, this year's cakes all draw inspiration from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise.
Here at Sugarworks, we are HUGE wizarding dorks. So naturally we were super stoked to learn that many of the artists involved used our tools in the creation of their magical masterpieces! Take a look at some of what's in store!
Laura of Dalton Cupcakes in New South Wales created a cake demonstrating what might happen if someone other than Newt Scamander opened his suitcase!
"Sugar Shapers are very versatile with a variety of mediums, I've used them with fondant, gumpaste and modelling chocolate. The silicone texture doesn't snag like regular hard plastic fondant tools and the variety of different tips/sizes/firmness means there's one for pretty much any job. Plus, they're comfortable to use."
Hiromi's tiny, intricate details call for a closer look. Check out those teeny necklaces and the texture in the niffler's fur!
"My Sugar Shapers are an invaluable tool to my work! They’re perfect for making detailed sugar pieces!"
For those of you smart enough not to open that suitcase, check out the work of Hailey from Hailey's Sweet Temptations in Virginia! Hailey used Sugar Shapers to model this realistic (and safely latched!) suitcase.
Jessica of Miss Shortcakes in Malaysia took a step back and used her Sugar Shapers to model a NYC facade with fantastic beasts spilling out of the windows onto the street below and the roof above!
Other artists chose to focus in on just one beast. Check out this amazing thunderbird by Shannon of Sweet Art Cake Company.
Or this zen-like creature that Liz of Liz's Cake Art dreamed up!
Chef Mitchie herself always contributes to the Birthday Mischief Managed projects. Check out her bowtruckle, Pickett among the potion bottles!
She's also made a little video showing exactly how she used Sugar Shapers and Sugarworks' Artists' Brushes to get that perfect wood grain for her base.
"Sugar Shapers are my sidekicks when I'm working on projects that require details that need to look legit. I'm especially fond of their ability to make wood grain out of soft mediums like fondant and modeling chocolate. And the Artists Brush set?! I have several! I love them so much, they don't shed, keep their shape, and don't rust. The larger brushes are fantastic for wider coverage, which were perfect for painting the 'wood plank' on my project. I also used the smaller brushes to shade the wafer foliage and detail bottles. And I gave my turntable a good workout on this project; good thing I have the expander!"
If you want to see the full line-up of magical mischief, check out the Birthday Mischief Managed website, Facebook, and Instagram! The big reveal is today, so you can feast your eyes on magical cakes before setting out to the theater for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!
‘We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.’ -Joanne Rowling