As soon as the kids had decided to have a Halloween Harry Potter LEGO party, the first thing that came to mind (besides LEGO of course), was making golden snitch cake pops.
The first thing I did when I decided to make these, was to reach out to my contact at Good Cook and ask her to send me one of their Cake Pop Press Molds. Which she did. And then I promptly lost it. So I ended up rolling my cake pops by hand, but unfortunately didn't develop that perfect round shape that I had so desperately wanted. They still turned out fabulous though. Now if anyone could please tell me where I put the Cake Pop Press Mold I would be eternally grateful ...
This is how you make the golden snitch cake pops:
What you need:
- Vanilla cake pop balls - unfortunately I didn't have time to whip up my own fabulous recipe for these, instead I used the basic recipe for vanilla cake pops in the Molly Bakes: Crazy for Cake Pops recipe book.
- 1 1/2 cups yellow candy melts
- 1 bag plus 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Lollipop sticks
- Wilton Gold Color Mist™ food color spray
- Leaf candy mold - I found this at Do It With Icing, a local cake decorating supplier
- Gold sprinkles - I actually used an assortment of these, I found 3 different varieties at stores (2 at Michael's) and unable to decide on what I wanted to use I tossed them all into a bowl together and mixed them up.
Make your cake pops according to the directions - whether you use the book, or a recipe on-line and refrigerate. You can even make these the day before the party.
Pour the bag of white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave, 1 minute on 50% power, and then 15 seconds at a time after that until complely melted.
Pour (or spoon) the white chocolate into the leaf mold and refrigerate until set. The leaves will be used for the snitch wings, so you will need two per cake pop. Repeat this step until you have enough wings.
Lay all of your wings on parchment paper and spray lightly with the gold color mist and set aside until completely dry.
Pour the yellow candy melts and extra 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and follow the same guide above for melting them.
Dip a lollipop stick into the melted candy and then into the cake pop, repeat for all of the cake pops placing them onto a sheet of parchment paper allowing the candy to harden inside the cake pop so that it is secure.
Dip each cake pop into the melted candy, allowing any excess to run off. You don't want them to have too much melted candy on them. Give it a few seconds and then dip the cake pop into a bowl of gold sprinkles. Fairly quickly stick a wing into each side of the cake pop before the candy hardens.
Tip: You may need to pop the melted candy back into the microwave for 10 seconds. When the candy in the bowl begins thicken/harden it becomes more difficult to work with so keeping it melted will make the process so much easier.
Place your cake pops directly onto a cake pop stand so the candy can finish hardening and set the wings in place securely.
Tip: Try to avoid putting your cake pops in a warm environment or the candy coating will melt a little and the cake pops will drop down the sticks. Unfortunately this did happen to a few of mine, but I did keep the majority of the cake pops in my cooler kitchen and refreshed the cake pop stand, which was outside, as often as I needed to during the party.