Ordinarily, I wouldn’t do this but in some small way, I acknowledged the seventh and final release of Harry Potter by attending a celebration. From 8 p.m. until midnight, Big Sugar Bakeshop on Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles was transformed into Honeydukes.
Honeydukes? You know, that tavern in Hogsmead featured in the Harry Potter book. Don’t know what I mean? Then you should probably skip this post.
I applaud Big Sugar Bakeshop for planning and putting this together because by 8:30 p.m. when I arrived, the whole place was buzzing from rabid kids running around high on sugar to a television crew filming the spectacle. The place was decked out in cobwebs, candles and dry-ice “smoke” to enhance the ambience. Not only were kids dressed up in Harry Potter gear but the adults behind the counter were as well, keeping in character and entertaining everyone in line.
Some items on the menu included chocolate frogs, sorting hat cookies, black mark cupcakes and butterbeer. If it was mentioned in any of J. K. Rowling’s books, it was available at Big Sugar Bakeshop. Their butterbeer was butterscotch soda ladled into cups. Although the soda, ahem, the butterbeer was flat, I was charmed by the effort. Also offered was pumpkin juice.
Items tried were the dark mark cupcakes (dark chocolate cake and frosting), chocolate cure cupcake (red velvet with green buttercream frosting), cauldron cupcake (vanilla cupcake with orange buttercream frosting decorated with black licorice) cockroach clusters (chocolate covered rice krispies), dung balls (chocolate truffles), chocolate frogs and jelly slugs.
While eyeing cupcakes to be eaten while reading the book, I spied a red-headed family behind me who (unintentionally?) resembled the Weasleys.
On any other day, Big Sugar Bakeshop is a fantastic bakery with very kid-friendly areas in the shop. Delicious offerings include daily specials such as their decadent gold rush bar and array of cupcakes, cookies as well as many gifts and baking items which include some very cute aprons.
Big Sugar Bakeshop is conveniently located on Ventura Blvd. near some fantastic shops. Their address is 12182 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Check out their blog for the latest.