You don’t need to be a professional cake decorator to make these super easy Golden Snitch Cupcakes for your Harry Potter Birthday Party! (+ More Harry Potter Party Ideas!)
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This month, we had a Harry Potter Birthday Party for my oldest and it was so much fun! It was his golden birthday. He turned 9 on the 9th of June and so I thought it would be fun to have Golden Snitch Cupcakes as well!
GOLDEN SNITCH CUPCAKES
I saw a bunch of ideas for golden snitch cupcakes using Ferrero Rocher chocolates or other chocolate truffles to top the cupcake with, but I wanted something different, and super simple, yet nice.
My son wanted a lemon cupcake with cream cheese frosting. (RECIPE BELOW.) I think the yellow of the lemon cupcake looked nice with the gold. You could also use yellow or vanilla cake mix for the golden snitch cupcakes.
This was our first “friends” party, so I went all out. I found this adorable FREE printable Harry Potter Party Invitation from Bagvania. All I had to do was download some FREE Harry Potter fonts and type in our information.
For the decorations, I printed these FREE Harry Potter House Banners from Paper Trail Design. And bought correlating streamers to make DIY Tassels using this tutorial from Party Majors. I got the number balloon from good old Walmart. It came with a straw to inflate it and had holes to hang it up. I looped everything on some white string/twine. The FREE printable food labels are from Just Sweet and Simple and I used the FREE Harry P font.
I made golden snitch cupcakes from scratch (RECIPE BELOW), Butterbeer (from Cooking Classy), and some pretty great gift bags! There was a LOT of printing and cutting involved, so make sure you have lots of ink, paper, card stock, and a paper trimmer. Also, glue and or tape.
Harry Potter Gift Bags
The inside of each gift bag had:
- – A Spell Book. I used cheap plastic photo books, black card stock for the outside covers, and got the FREE printable spell pages from Lemon Squeezy Home.
- – Origami Sorting Hat – FREE printable from Get Away Today
- – Chocolate Frog – Get the Chocolate Frog candy mold on Amazon. I melted two bags of Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips for 16 frogs and it was plenty. Be sure to tap the mold to get the air bubbles out!
- – Harry Potter Glasses – Get the Harry Potter Glasses on Amazon. Every kid LOVED these!
- – Lightning Bolt Tattoos – Get the Lightning Bolt Tattoos on Amazon. Since there were 72 tattoos, I grouped them in packs of six (for 12 kids), and stapled them together. There’s quite the variety!
- – Polyjuice Potion – I used Kool-Aid Bursts (squeeze it) drinks, bought string tags from Dollar Tree, and used the FREE Harry P font to type the name for the tags.
HARRY POTTER PARTY ACTIVITIES
For the party, we made DIY Wands from Boxy Colonial. It was simple enough with 8-9 year old kids. Just some chopsticks, hot glue, paint, and sealant. The kids LOVED it!
Then we played this FREE Harry Potter Trivia/Jeopardy game from Scholastic. I printed the categories and points and taped them onto a large poster board. The winner got a bag of Rolos that represented “Gringott’s Gold.” (Not Pictured.)
After the wand making and trivia game, we ate pizza, butterbeer, and my golden snitch cupcakes. It was a blast! Then the kids got their gift bags and were casting spells on each other. It was a great party!
HOW TO MAKE GOLDEN SNITCH CUPCAKES
The golden snitch cupcakes were really simple to make. I literally frosted them with an open coupler using a dome technique, similar to this “kiss” piping technique, without pulling up so sharply. You basically are squeezing with your piping bag in the same spot until the frosting almost reaches the edges, and fills out, into a nice round shape. (You can rotate/lift your wrist in the direction you need more frosting to fill the top of the cupcake completely. You can also wet your finger with water to flatten any sharp tips of frosting.)
Immediately sprinkle the gold sprinkles over the frosting and on the sides until covered. Shake off any excess sprinkles.
For the wings, I melted white candy melts according to the package directions, put it in a plastic bag, sealed it shut, cut off the corner, then piped wings onto some wax paper on a cookie sheet.
Pipe a nice round button (to support the wing in the frosting), then the bottom feathers (about 4 points), and a half circle for the top of the wing.
I found it easier to do the right side of the wings, flip my cookie sheet and pipe the left side upside-down, because it was a little awkward to pipe to my left. Do what is most comfortable for you. You can see what my piped wings look like outside of the cupcake in the image above. So easy!
The flavors I used are in the recipe below. Feel free to use your favorite yellow or vanilla cake and buttercream recipe if you want.
Golden Snitch Cupcakes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (stir flour, then spoon into cup and level it)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- zest of 4 lemons
- 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- yellow food coloring, optional
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 16 ounces cream cheese, cold
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 30 Gold Cupcake Liners
- 5.25 oz Gold Sprinkles
- 1/2 (12 oz) bag White Candy Melts
To Make the Lemon Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix thoroughly after each addition. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and a few drops of yellow food coloring, if desired. Combine.
Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Do not over mix!
Line muffin tins with 30 gold cupcake liners. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes or until baked all the way through. Let cupcakes rest in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
To Make the Cream Cheese Frosting:
Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth. Gradually add the butter 2 Tablespoons at a time, and continue beating until smooth and well blended.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla all at once. Blend until combined and smooth. (Don't beat too long or the frosting will be too soft to pipe. If this happens, place the frosting in the refrigerator or freezer until it firms back up.)
To Make the Wings:
Melt the white candy melts according to the package directions. Pour into a zip-top plastic bag and seal shut. Cut off the corner, then pipe wings onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Pipe a nice round button (to support the wing in the frosting), then the bottom feathers (about 4 points), and a half circle for the top of the wing. (I found it easier to do the right side of the wings, flip my cookie sheet and pipe the left side upside-down, because it was a little awkward to pipe to my left. Do what is most comfortable for you.)
Place wings in the refrigerator until set. (Each wing was about 2 1/2 inches long. Make sure you have at least 60 wings. Extras are nice in case some break. Refer to the last image of this post for a visual.)
To Assemble the Cupcakes:
Place gold sprinkles in a large bowl. Fill a piping bag with an open coupler and the cream cheese frosting.
Pipe a dome on top of each cupcake by squeezing your piping bag close to the cupcake, directly in the center. Squeeze until the frosting almost reaches the edges, and fills out, into a nice round shape. (You can rotate/lift your wrist in the direction you need more frosting to fill the top of the cupcake completely. Wet your finger with some water to flatten any sharp tips of frosting.)
Immediately sprinkle the gold sprinkles over the frosting and on the sides until covered. Shake off any excess sprinkles. Repeat with each cupcake.
Place a left and right wing into the frosting of each cupcake. Serve to guests and enjoy!
To Store: Gently cover cupcakes with plastic wrap and refrigerate, if desired. Let cupcakes come to room temperature before serving.
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