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110Total Time
45Prep Time
25Bake Time
A little effort

Golden Snitch Cupcakes

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About the bake

Bring the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life with these magical Golden Snitch Cupcakes. These vanilla cupcakes are topped with golden buttercream and a glistening Golden Snitch Cake Pop and are the perfect treat to enjoy whilst snuggling up with a good book or movie (if you can catch them!)  Check out our step-by-step decoration guide on how to make the toppers here.

110Total Time
45Prep Time
25Bake Time
A little effort


  1. Step 1:

    To make the cupcakes, begin by preheating the oven to 190°C/170° Fan/Gas Mark 5. Line a muffin tin with 12 cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time with a spoonful of the flour to stop it curdling. Add the vanilla extract and fold in the rest of the flour, baking powder and milk until you have a soft dropping consistency.

  3. Step 3:

    Use 2/3 of the mixture to fill your muffin cases. Bake for 25 minutes. Once fully baked remove from the tin and cool on a rack. 

  4. Step 4:

    To make the cake pop decorations line the tin with 5 or 6 more additional cupcake cases. Fill these cases with the remaining mixture and bake for 25 minutes. Cool on a rack and keep aside 

  5. Step 5:

    While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream. Cream together the butter and icing sugar, add the milk and the vanilla bean paste. Whip for about 5 minutes until its very soft and fluffy. Separate ¼ of this mixture to make the cake pops; the rest will be for the finished cupcakes.

  6. Step 6:

    To make the cake pops; crumble the second smaller batch of cooled cupcakes by hand or with a food processor. When they are fine crumbs, mix in the small amount of buttercream. Shape into 12 balls about 20g each. Chill the cake pops until they are very firm.

  7. Step 7:

    Draw a template for the wings and lay it under some baking parchment. Melt 200g of white chocolate and put in a piping bag. Pipe pairs of wings onto the baking parchment. Make a few more than you need in case you make any mistakes. Chill until set.

  8. Step 8:

    When the cake pops are set, melt more white chocolate and coat the little balls. Allow to set hard in the fridge.

  9. Step 9:

    When the wings and cake pops are chilled and firm paint them gold with lustre powder or food spray paint.

  10. Step 10:

    Pipe swirls of buttercream onto your cupcakes.

  11. Step 11:

    Cut the cake pop sticks until they are short enough to stand up in the cupcakes so the cake pops sit securely on the top.

  12. Step 12:

    Position the wings either side of the cake pop to make a Golden Snitch.


  • For the Cupcakes

    • 285g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 285g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 5 Eggs (free range, large)
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 285g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tbsp Milk (whole)
  • For the Buttercream

    • 160g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 320g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
    • 2 tbsp Milk (whole)
  • For the Golden Snitch Wings

    • 400g White chocolate
    • 1 pot Gold lustre or food spray


  • Gold cupcake cases
  • Cake pop sticks
  • Paintbrush (only used for food purposes)

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