Harry Potter Inspired Birthday Cakes

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Muggles, hold on to your hats. I think I might have fared well in potions class after the endeavor I undertook this weekend. Week 6’s challenge was to create a dish two or more ways. I had been struggling to think of what meal I was going to make in multiple fashions when a coworker just so happened to provide the answer: The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.

As I flipped through the pages, I discovered a recipe that instantly got the wheels turning in my head. A recipe based on the cakes Harry received from Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, and Sirius on his birthday in the Goblet of Fire.

I had to do some reimagining on the cakes from the description in the book – A Cherry Bakewell Cake from Hermione:

A Sponge Sandwich Cake from Ron:

A Tropical Fruit Cake from Sirius:

And a Rock Cake from Hagrid:

These recipes are as easy as “Swish and Flick!” The Harry Potter series is a defining factor of who I am. Growing up alongside these books has inspired me to become a writer, to step outside my comfort zone, and to learn new things. It’s much more to me than a magical boy with a scar.

And I pretty much got to live out my dream this past summer when my boyfriend and I visited the Harry Potter theme park and spent two beautiful days in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Definitely some of the best days of my life by far!