brunettefood: Harry Potter’s First Birthday Cake

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Finally, there’s a new recipe on my blog and it’s so delicious! It’s a perfect chocolate cake and it’s the one Hagrid gave Harry to his 11th birthday with his letter to Hogwarts. I got the recipe from a German Harry Potter-cookbook, but my sister and I changed some ingredients and reduced them to two slices of cake as we just had a baking dish for a little cake. So you better use a spring form with a diameter of 20cm (two would be even better) – otherise, you have to convert the numbers 😉

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You need for 16 slices:

For the cake:

  • 160ml of water
  • 50g unsweetened cocoa
  • 120g flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tbsp. salt
  • 115g butter
  • 325g sugar
  • 3 big eggs
  • 1 tps. vanilla extrakt

For the chocolate-cream:

  • 230g minced dark chocolate
  • 180ml creme double
  • 30g butter

For the frosting:

  • 115g butter
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1tbsp. creme double
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extrakt
  • half of the chocolate cream

If you want to write „Happy Birthday Harry!“ or the bithday-boy’s/-girl’s name on the cake, you also need the green icing:

  • 125g icing sugar
  • some water to get a paste
  • green food colouring

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First, you bake the cake: As you actually need two cakes and put the chocolate-cream inbetween, it would be the best if you have two spring forms of 20cm diameter or, if you just have one spring form, you bake on half of the cake first and then the second or you bake the whole dough in the spring form and cut it in half when it has cooled down.

First, you preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Then you oil the spring form(s) and outlay the bottom with baking paper. After that you boil the water and mix it with the cocoa in a little bowl (you will need a lot of bowls by the way). In another bowl, you mix the flour, baking soda and salt and in another one you beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, you add one egg after the other and at last the vanilla extract. After that, you add the water and the cocoa and when this is stired in, you add the flour-mixture. Put the dough equally in the (two) spring form(s) and bake it for around 20 minutes. While the cake is cooling down, you can start making the chocolate cream.

Therefore, you put the dark chocolate, creme double and butter in a bowl that is suitable for microwaves and heat it up for 1-2 minutes. Then let the liquid cool down until it is viscous and do the chocolate frosting.

Mix the butter, icing sugar, creme double and the vanilla extract and beat it until fluffy. Add one half of the chocolate cream. If the frosting is too fluid to put it on the cake, put it in the fridge for a couple of minutes.

And now we start the exciting part: The different cake-layers! Take your two cakes or cut the one piece into two. Put one cake on baking paper or a cooling rack and put as much chocolate frosting on top of it as you like. But not the whole frosting, you also need some to cover the cake! Then put the second cake on top of the frosting and cover the whole cake with the rest of the frosting, including the sides. After that, you pour the chocolate cream all over the cake. If it’s too viscous, just heat it for a couple of seconds in the microwave.
If you want to write something with green icing on the cake, just put some water by the spoonful to the icing powder until you have a thick cream. Then add as much green food clouring as you like and write the message on the cake!

 

After we finished baking and adding the chocolate cream on the cake, it looked, well, not sooo yummie. But Hagrid’s didn’t either, right? But a cake doesn’t have to look good but taste good 😉

 

My sister and I put the cake in the fridge over night and the next day, it looked better. But then the moment of truth came: How will it look on the inside and taste?

 

Doesn’t this look so, so good? Not beautiful on the outside, but great on the inside. The cake was really tasty and chocolatey. One piece was more than enough and we were full 😉

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You have to try this cake as well and tell me how you like it!

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