“From an inside pocket of his black overcoat he pulled a slightly squashed box. Harry opened it with trembling fingers. Inside was a large, sticky chocolate cake with Happy Birthday Harry written on it in green icing.”
-Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling.
Disclaimer: This cake was created using the following products from Nestle’s recently
improved Bakers’ Choice chocolate line, sent as a gift from Nestle as part of the Bake It Your Challenge.
Out of all the recipes from the Harry Potter series, this humble chocolate cake, is the most important. It’s the moment Hagrid burst into the room, and Harry’s, and our, lives changed forever.
Fortunately for us, this world is about to spin both forward and backwards. July 31st this year,we’ll see the script for the Cursed Child being published (guaranteed I’ll be up until I’ve read it all!). And later in November we’ll fly back to Newt Scamander’s lifetime to explore the North American wizarding world. (You might want to check out how to throw a 1920’s party here for November–just an idea!)
Now, I could have made this a normal chocolate cake without the pink icing, since it’s not actually mentioned in the book–only the green icing is. But everyone recognises this pink and green chocolate cake from the movie as Harry’s 11th birthday cake, so it’s only fitting to stick with what we recognise.
Because this is a cake Hagrid makes, we chose to make a one-bowl recipe. And the end result is a beautifully tasty, sticky, chocolate cake that will make anyone go back for seconds.