"Anyway - Harry," said the giant, turning his back on the Dursleys, "a very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here - I mighta sat on it at some point, but it'll taste all right."
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.
On June 26, 1997, the very first Harry Potter book was published, and the world first learned about Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4, and, of course, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In honor of the beloved series and author J. K. Rowling's own birthday, why not bake a cake? In fact why not bake the very same sticky chocolate cake that Hagrid presented to Harry on his 11th birthday 21 years ago?
My favorite kind of squidgy chocolate cake has got to be a devil's food cake - with a dense, moist crumb and masses of intense chocolate flavor in every bite! Green icing for the lettering is a must, and that can easily be bought already in a tube from a kitchen supply store. Though the book never specified the color of the icing that covers the rest of the cake, the films show a cake covered in pink icing, which contrasts with the green lettering in a beautifully cottagey way.
If you are in a hurry, you can throw iconic chocolate cake together in a flash. Use either this delicious recipe if you are in the mood to spend some time in the kitchen, or else use a boxed cake mix (which you can easily make taste homemade) for equally successful and satisfying results.
For bonus authenticity points, make the cake a little lopsided - Hagrid did sit on it after all!
If even that is too much work, you can still have your cake and eat it! New Jersey-based Montclair Bread Company are creating their own version of the iconic birthday cake to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday, which will be available to order until Tuesday, July 31.
According to the popular bakery in the New York City suburb - known for poop emoji cupcakes and the "Fueled by Doughnuts" running club - the response to the cake has been overwhelming. Less than 24 hours after they posted a screen grab from the movie and announced they were offering the cake for sale, they told The Daily Meal they already had dozens of inquiries and pre-orders.
Once you have the cake, it only makes sense to throw a fun Harry Potter-themed party, right? Just make sure you bring one of these 25 best foods to bring to a party!