If you do a search on Pinterest for Harry Potter Cupcakes you'll come up with some amazing ideas that take at least 10 different colors of fondant that were way out of my league for trying to replicate. If you search for Harry Potter Cakes, you'll come up with hundreds of absolutely astounding cakes that I'm sure took a professional baker days to make (you really should check them out...they're amazing)...so I looked through the ideas until I found some I thought I could manage and settled on some golden snitches. It's a nice bonus that Katie's favorite thing about the first Harry Potter movie is the quidditch match scene.
Katie also got Quidditch through the Ages as one of several books she got for her birthday, so it went along nicely.
You start by...
...melting some white chocolate according to the directions on the package. For me that meant microwaving it on the defrost setting for about a minute at a time until it was melted and smooth and stirring after each minute. Then I put it all into a ziploc bag, snipped the corner off. To keep the sizes of the wings the same, I drew the outline of the shape I wanted on a piece of paper. Then I put that under the freezer paper and followed the lines as I piped the white chocolate out.
The wings are surprisingly strong for being as thin as they look...but you definitely want to make extra sets of wings because you WILL break a few. Let them cool COMPLETELY. I put mine in the freezer in a sealed container so they'd be as hard as possible for putting into the cupcakes.
I used regular buttercream frosting for the tops with mostly yellow and a little orange food coloring to get kind of a golden color.
Pop the wings in...and you'll have a whole flock of snitches in no time.
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