Friday, October 15, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

"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.

Today, dude and I are jetting off to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where I will celebrate my last weekend as a 20-something.  Drinking butterbeer, walking through Dumbledore's office, riding the Dragon Challenge - I'm excited for all of it.  I'm beyond excited.  I didn't think it was humanly or magically possible to reach this level of giddy.  At least not for someone about to enter their 30th year.

I wanted to conjure up my own sticky chocolate cake to snack on while packing but, as everyone knows, food is one of the Principal Exceptions to Gamp's Law of Transfiguration.  So I had to prepare one the old-fashioned muggle way.  

I started by making one of my favorite recipes:  a flourless chocolate cake that I shared in one of my very first blog posts.  It's rich, decadent and the process is nearly fool-proof.  For real.

For the "sticky" part, I found a recipe for a caramel fudge sauce but omitted the chocolate at the last minute.  I had just washed my knife and cutting board and frankly, I didn't feel like dirtying them up again.  You know how it goes.

Caramel Sauce
Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchens

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water.  Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.

Let the mixture cook without stirring, 6-8 minutes.  Give the pan a swirl, if necessary.

When the mixture is a rich, amber color, remove it from heat and slowly whisk in the butter and cream.

(Whoa-ohhh.  Amber is the color of your caramel.)

Stir in the vanilla and salt.

The consistency of the caramel will be thin but thickens as it cools.  I've never been one to exercise patience when it comes to sweets (okay, food in general) so I went ahead and drizzled some on while it was still warm.

Accio fork!

Oh heck yes.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone.  Have fun.  Be safe.  Watch out for dementors.


  1. That cake looks sinful! Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful time. I'm jealous. ;)

  2. I am SO jealous! I've been dying to go there! Take lots of pictures and have a happy birthday!!!

  3. JEALOUS! Your post made me laugh. I love the muggle comment as well as the 311 reference. That song always mellows me out.

    I didn't think it was possible to make those books an actual place where I can squee all day long. And you are actually going! I truly hope you have a fabulous day and that the park does something awesome for your birthday!

  4. Ali, the cake makes me think of sticky toffee pudding which I developed a serious crush on while in Scotland.

    Hope you have a fantastic birthday.

  5. I really really REALLY want to go there. It might be my me-time when we're in Orlando in 2012.

    I vote that you do a sugared cinema for each of the movies to lead up to the release of The Deathly Hallows next month. We just finished the Philosopher's Stone last night in my house so this is very timely.

  6. Happy early birthday! That's going to be such an awesome trip, I can't wait to see the pics when you get back.

    I've made that chocolate cake of yours a few times now and it is so rich and delicious. I can't even imagine putting a sauce on it - intensity in ten cities.

    See you next year! You won't forget to write this time, RIGHT?

  7. Alwayzbaking - thanks :D

    Taylor - thanks! Mike is going to be so annoyed with my picture taking by the end of the day.

    Margie - never did I think I would make a pilgrimage to a theme park for my 30th. Wait for me on the other side. Us muggles have to stick together.

    Wendi - I thought the same thing - sticky toffee pudding! I did a search for "sticky chocolate cake" and found a recipe for kladdkaka, a Swedish dessert. I tried to trace Hagrid's roots but there was no mention of Sweden, lol.

    Jami - hi! It's nice to see you on here :) 2012 will give you more than enough time to plan a trip where you can visit the other parks, too. Oh and I definitely considered doing the Sugared Cinema: HP edition countdown. I'll try to squeeze in a few. People will have to just deal with the fanaticism ;)

    Liam - thanks! I'm glad you dig that cake. Try it with caramel next time. Live at Budokan.

    Write? Oh, I won't. You know I won't.

  8. Happy Birthday!! Have a great trip :)

    Also, sooooo hungry now. That looks amazing.

  9. Will you marry me so we can have sugared cinema every week! LOVE htis.

  10. Ok 3 things:
    1)This dessert looks so deliciously sinful.
    2) Happy Birthday!
    3) You are the winner of the "Their Last Suppers" book from my giveaway! Lucky number 8 :) Let me know where to send it.

    Hope you're having fun in Potter land!

  11. ACK! So incredibly jealous! I'm seriously reconsidering our tip next spring (to DC, crazily enough, too much to see!) to go to this magical place. Hubby won't let me though, so take tonnes of pics to share after! Obviously I'm not the only one, and think how many lurkers will want them but don't comment to ask.

  12. Kristen - thanks lady :)

    Jennifurla - I'm so glad you like the Sugared Cinema series! They're fun to put together so that's so cool to know :)

    Christa - seriously?! Awesome! Email on its way...

    Melinda - it was INCREDIBLE. I was nerding out from the moment I stepped into Hogsmeade until we left 8 hours later. I went a little picture crazy...I'll share some on here.

  13. Happy birthday! Cheers to October birthdays! (Mine was the 16th.) This sauce/chocolate cake combo makes me want to have a "don't gain weight" charm. Wonder if Hermione could conjure one up for me. Hope you had a blast. Now, how did the butterbeer taste?

  14. YAWYEOR - thanks and happy belated birthday Katie! Libras are coooool. Drinking the butterbeer was like drinking a cream soda in heaven.

  15. That cake and carmel sauce looks amazing. Seriously I think everyone is out to thwart my diet efforts by posting insanely awesome looking food that I cant help but be tempted to cook up ( and eat!) Yummy Yummy looking! Thanks!

  16. i tried to comment last night but it didn't go thru...

    1. jealous that you got to go to the wizarding world.
    2. flourless chocolate cake is divine, even better smothered in caramel.
    3. happy birthday!

  17. Holly - thanks for the visit :D Food blogs are such diet-wreckers. I blame the people at Nikon, Canon, etc.

    Angry Asian - thanks! And I'm telling you: you must go to Hogwarts. Round up some fellow HP heads, book your ticket and go. It's incredible.

  18. I love how in each movie they wait so they actually look their age. I think that's really cool.