"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.
In honor of the beloved series, 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, 20 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 for equally successful and satisfying results.
For bonus authenticity points, make the cake a little lopsided — Hagrid did sit on it after all!