From July until November I've focused on learning as much as I can on my own about cake decorating and baking desserts. I bought cooking books, followed baking blogs, and never missed my two favorite cake shows -- Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes. I even considered going to pastry school but decided against it. Here I am 4 months since I first started and I just began a new full time job that I love and still continue to bake for special occasions like this one that made this for my sister's 14th birthday.
I began by making the little decorations 4 days in advance with fondant so they would have time to dry. My awesome sister was there to assist me with coloring the fondant and making the decorations.
The resemblance is uncanny. haha.
After all that, 2 days in advance, I made the cakes and covered them with fondant. My sister and I made the twins out of fondant as well. I made the bodies and she made their heads and faces.
The day before the party I put everything together and and piped on Happy Birthday Claudia. I also made green jello for the top.
The day of the party I put the jello in the hole on the top. This gave the effect of a swamp for the Portable Swamp invention by the Weasley twins. I quickly added the trees and used a green edible food coloring marker for the grass to make it look more swamp like.