July is full of many important dates, but there is one that remains one of my very faves. It’s July 31st and for my fellow Harry Potter fans, you know EXACTLY what this date symbolizes…the one and only birthday of Mr. Harry Potter, himself. It just didn’t seem right not to do something festive, so in true Let’s Mingle fashion, I whipped up a Harry Potter Butterbeer Birthday Cake to celebrate!
This cake is decorated to be a replica of the birthday cake that Hagrid gives to Harry for his eleventh birthday, but I did switch things up a little bit to up the ante. Instead of the traditional chocolate cake that he’s given in the book, I went with a butterbeer cake, because BUTTERBEER. No brainer there.
But enough talking, let’s get to the good stuff.
- 1 Box Butter Golden Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
- 1 Cup of Cream Soda
- 8 Tbsp. Softened Butter
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Cup Butterscotch Chips
- 1 Can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 4 Tbsp. Butter
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Egg Whites
- 1 Lb. Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Gel Food Coloring (I used Americolor “Deep Pink“, “Gold“, “Burgundy“, and “Leaf Green“)
- Powdered Sugar (To add to remaining frosting for lettering)
Transfer to a mixing bowl and beat on high until the meringue is cool and forms stiff peaks.
Slowly add the butter while mixing at medium speed. When all the butter is added, frosting should be smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and blend.
Using a spatula or knife, cover the cake in a sloppy fashion (channel your inner Hagrid!)
Tint your remaining buttercream green and add a small amount of powdered sugar so that your letters don’t slide off the cake (or you can use royal icing instead).
Using a piping bag with a small round tip, write “HAPEE BIRTHDAE HARRY” in a sloppy, shaky fashion.
Using a butter knife or toothpick, draw a jagged line through the center of the cake and you’re done!