Harry Potter Birthday Cake

The perfect cake for any Harry Potter fan
Me and the whole family are huge fans of Harry Potter and this year my sister requested a Harry Potter cake for her birthday. But not just any Harry Potter cake she wanted it to look just like the cake that Hagrid made for Harry in the first book.
I took inspiration from both the film and the book. It made a rich chocolate sponge cake sandwiched together with a creamy chocolate buttercream just like the rich chocolate cake that Hagrid presents to Harry in the book. The decoration was based off the film a pink buttercream and green icing.
This is super easy to make and decorate too. With the cake having had Hagrid sat on it looks a little messy so you don’t need to worry about making it look to neat.
I also missed spelled “Happy Birthday” to read “Happee Birthdae” and to make it seem a little more authentic I even miss spelt my sisters name.

Ingredients:
For the cake:
• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 2 tbsp hot milk
• 350g caster sugar
• 350g unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 6 eggs
• 300g self-raising flour, sieved
• 60g cocoa powder, sieved
• 150g dark chocolate, grated

For the chocolate buttercream:
• 50g unsalted butter
• 75g chocolate spread
• 150g icing sugar, sieved
• 20g cocoa powder, sieved

For the pink buttercream
• 100g butter
• 225g icing sugar, sieved
• Pink food colouring
• 1tsp vanilla extract

For the green icing:
• 60g icing sugar
• Green food colouring
• 2tsp water

Method:
For the cake:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line three 8-inch cake tins with butter and flour.
2. Mix the milk and 1 tbsp cocoa powder together to form a paste.
3. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Then add the eggs one at a time with a spoonful of flour.
5. Then add the cocoa and milk and beat in. Fold in the remaining flour and the grated chocolate.
6. Divide the batter between the three cake tins and bake for 45 minutes.
7. Once baked remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the chocolate buttercream:
1. Beat the butter and chocolate spread till creamy.
2. Then gradually add the icing sugar and cocoa powder until it’s all incorporated and is light and fluffy.
For the pink buttercream:
1. Beat the butter till creamy.
2. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat.
3. Then add the vanilla and pink food colouring and beat until all incorporated.
For the green icing:
1. Place the icing sugar and green food colouring in a bowl and mix and gradually add the water to achieve the right consistency to pipe.
To assemble:
1. Take one of the cakes and spread over a generous layer of the chocolate buttercream.
2. Then place another cake on top and spread another layer f the chocolate buttercream on the top of the second sponge.
3. Then place the third sponge directly on the top of the two cakes.
4. Take the pink butter cream and crumb coat the cake and leave to set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
5. Then remove from the fridge and coat the cake with the rest of the buttercream using a palette knife to mess it up a little all over.
6. Then place the green icing in a piping bag and write “Happee Birthdae Harry” or the name of your choose.
7. Then using a knife create a crack in the cake.

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