Today, we celebrate the birth of the chosen one. #HappyBirthdayHarryPotter!
Harry Potter's 11th Birthday Cake from Hagrid
The sticky, yummy, homemade chocolate cake that Hagrid made for Harry on his 11th birthday in the Sorcerer's Stone! Tastes great, even if he sat on it a bit.
For the Cake:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups salmon/pink-colored buttercream Add 1 tsp of strawberry extract for strawberry-flavored frosting!
- 2 T green buttercream
- 2 9 inch cake pans
- Parchment paper
- 10 inch cake board
- Icing spatula/knife
- Cake leveler (optional)
- Pastry bag/plastic baggie
- Round pastry tip #3
- 10 inch white cake box (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Whisk together your flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder until combined.
Add in your vegetable oil, coffee, and milk, and beat it until combined.
Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat for an additional minute.
Grease your pans and line them with parchment paper.
Fill your pans 2/3 of the way full with your cake batter.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cakes to cool, then level them if needed.
Add a dollop of your pink icing to the center of the cake board, and stick one of the cake layers to the board. Cover the top surface with icing, and then place the second cake directly on top. Cover the rest of the cake with a thin layer of icing.
Place the cake in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to allow the icing to harden.
Take the cake out of the refrigerator, and cover the cake with your remaining pink icing. This cake was made by Hagrid, so it certainly doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it probably shouldn't be.
Use a toothpick to write "HAPPEE BIRTHDAE HARRY" across the top. If you have any mess-ups, use your spatula to smooth the letters, then rewrite it. Try to cover the majority of the cake with lettering.
Fit your pastry bag with the #3 tip, and fill it with the green icing. Use the icing to trace over your letters.
Use your cake spatula or knife to create the "cracks." Draw a line through the P and the E (of happee), down through the H and D (of birthdae), and curve it around through the H and the A (of Harry). Add one last line under the DA (of birthdae). Trace over the lines a second time if they need to be more prominent.
To pull the look together, put it in a 10 inch white cake box, tied with a purple ribbon. And that's it!