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Tombstone Cake Recipe | The Deathday Party | My Harry Potter Kitchen II (Recipe 36)

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This week we're creating a showstopper cake for Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Party!

Let's head back to Chapter Eight of the Chamber of Secrets - 'The Deathday Party' for our next Harry Potter recipe:

"...in pride of place, an enormous grey cake in the shape of a tombstone..."

Time to wish Nearly Head Nick a Happy Deathday with the ultimate celebration cake recipe!

The Deathday Party treats just keep on coming and these week's is the most iconic of all - Nearly Headless Nick's Tombstone Cake! If you're planning a Harry Potter Halloween party soon this could be the perfect recipe to try!


This Deathday Party Cake Recipe is made from an easy chocolate cake recipe, homemade buttercream icing, stacked high and decorated as Nearly Headless Nick's tombstone! With a quick trick I'll show you how to decorate a cake with fondant and use marshmallows to create some spooky edible cobwebs!

If you've been looking for an easy halloween recipe idea follow this simple step-by-step recipe to create your own tombstone cake just in time for The Deathday Party!


Harry Potter Tombstone Cake Ingredients

(serves 24)


For the chocolate cake recipe

  • 700g (24oz) butter

  • 700g (24oz) golden caster sugar

  • 12 eggs

  • 700g (24oz) self-raising flour

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 100ml boiling water

  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing recipe

  • 300g butter

  • 600g icing sugar

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • black food colouring gel

For the royal icing recipe

  • 1 egg white

  • 250g icing sugar

  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice

  • black food colouring gel

For the decorations

  • 750g white fondant icing

  • black food colouring gel

  • 5 marshmallows

Deathday Party Tombstone Cake Recipe Method:

  1. For the easy chocolate cake recipe, begin by creaming the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a jug and whisk lightly before adding into the butter and sugar a bit at a time, whisking as you go. (Wizard Tip! If the mixture begins to curdle add in a tablespoon of flour to help it come together again).

  2. Once all the eggs are incorporated, scrape down the sides and add in the flour, mixed spice and vanilla. Make a paste by stirring together the cocoa powder and hot water before adding into the cake mix too.

  3. Beat everything together until incorporated, being careful not to over-mix the cake batter. Grease and line a 30cm square baking tin and pour the cake mixture in. Level off with a spatula and bake in the oven at 180c (350F) for 35-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

  4. While the cake is cooling, make the buttercream icing but whisking the butter for 102 minutes. Once smooth add the icing sugar in thirds, whisking slowly in between. Add in the milk and vanilla and then whisk for another 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Use the black food colouring to dye the icing a tombstone grey.

  5. Use a serrated knife to level the sponge and then cut in to event rectangles. Place the first down onto a board, add an even layer of buttercream on top and sandwich the next layer on top. Repeat until all the cake layers are stacked and then chill the cake in the fridge for an hour.

  6. Once chilled place the cake on it's side and use a stencil to cut out the tombstone cake. You can also secure it with cake dowels before standing the cake up. Crumb coat the outside with a thin layer of buttercream and return to the fridge for another hour.

  7. Dye the fondant grey with some more black food colouring (Wizard Tip! You can leave the food colouring slightly marbled to get a textured effect) and then roll out to 1/2 cm thick.

  8. Ice the back of the tombstone, smoothing it into place before trimming down. Lay the cake down and then ice the front of the cake with the remaining fondant. Use the trimmings to create your additional fondant decorations - a trim around the outside of the tombstone, 'RIP' letterings and some decorative leaves.

  9. To make an easy royal icing, whisk the egg white until foamy and then add in the icing sugar whisking until smooth. Add in the lemon juice and food colouring and continue to whisk. Transfer into a piping bag with a writing tip before piping your message on to the front of the tombstone (Nearly Headless Nick's Tombstone said "Sir Nicholas de Mimsey-Porpington died 31st October 1492")

  10. Use the leftover cake trimming to create soil by crumbling them in your hands and then spreading them over your cake board. You can then stand the cake up at the top of the 'grave'

  11. Add a final spooky decoration by melting the marshmallows (in the microwave for 10-20 secs or in a bowl over simmering water). Allow to cool for 20 seconds and then dip your fingers into the marshmallows and stretch to form cobwebs. Place as few or as many as you like over the top of the cake.

Happy Deathday Nick! This Tombstone Cake is the perfect showstopper to have at your next Harry Potter Halloween Party so if you're thinking of recreating it I'd love to see your photos! Share them on Instagram using the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen and follow @BradBakes - don't forget to tag me too!


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