Decorating the diyas is something everyone in the family can take part in with simple but beautiful decoration ideas!
This post was sponsored by Wilton but all opinions and the idea are my own.
Diyas, a key decor at Diwali symbolize Diwali is a celebration of light over dark and of knowledge over ignorance. As such, Diwali is often referred to as the Festival of Lights and a key part of the celebration includes the lighting of diyas, small clay lamps, to illuminate and decorate homes and most importantly, to symbolize the bright inner light which shines within us all.
Diyas are filled with oil and a wick. They are often ornate, brightly colored and decorated with intricate designs. They are the inspiration for this post!
- Accessible to all – all you need is a circle cookie cutter and a sheet pan! Some other tools can help make this easier as well which I’ll highlight in the post.
- Uses simple items for decoration – candy melts, melted chocolate, sprinkles
- Party ready and kid friendly! – make ahead and get everyone involved to create memories.
- Circle cookie cutter – about 2.5 in diameter and .5 inch in height. I used the smallest circle from this set. But you can get creative and use other shapes too.
- Other shapes – a small heart can work too! Just cut off the tip to make a flat base for the diya.
- Sheet cake pan – I used one 9X13 Wilton sheet cake pan
- Cake pop treat sticks
- Candy melts or chocolate
- E-z thin if using candy melts
- Fondant cut outs (optional, to make flames uniform in shape)
- Piping bags, decorator icing and food color (optional, if you like to pipe designs)
- Use different colors! Diwali is all about bright, beautiful colors so don’t be afraid to use many
- Sprinkles, sprinkles, sprinkles – if piping is not your thing, use sprinkles to create fun designs or just add some sparkle
- Molds – Use candy melts to make pretty shapes such as the flowers pictured above. Having them ready makes it easy for your party guests to easily make beautiful diyas.
- Piping bags – Use tip #1 and tip #2 to make thin, clean lines. Prepare a few bags with tips attached and colored icing for guests to use.
- Flames – Similar to above, cut out flames ahead of time that can be attached. Add some sparkle to the flame with gold sprinkles.
Diya Cake Pop
- 9X13 cake sheet pan
Option #1 Use Cake Box Mix
- Make enough for one 9X13 cake pan
Option #2 Use My Cake Recipe
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup butter softened to room temperature, or sub oil
- ½ tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk can use plant based milk alternative like soy milk
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar sub vinegar if needed
- 1/2 cup sprinkles optional if want to color on inside of pops
Decorating the pops
- Candy melts or chocolates
- E-Z thin helps fluidity of candy melts
- treat sticks
- decorator icing see post for link to product
- food color see post for link to product
Option #1 Cake Mix From Box
- Make cake in a sheet pan per cake box instructions. Let cake cool completely.
Option #2 Make cake using my recipe
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Mix milk and vinegar. Set aside. Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl. Slowly whisk in wet ingredients into dry.
- Pour batter into parchment lined sheet pan. Bake for 23-36 minutes until baked through. Let cool completely.
- Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out shapes from cake. Cut circle cake pieces in half.
- Heat candy melts. Dip candy treat sticks in melted candy melt and pierce rounded side of half circles about ¼inch. Let dry.
- Melt candy melts in desired colors with EZ thin. Coat cake pops in melted candy melts. If using sprinkles to decorate, place them onthe coated cake pops now to attach. Then let cake pops dry.
- Meanwhile, melt orange, yellow and red candy melts to create flames. With a spatula, thinly spread the candy melts on parchment, swirling the colors together. Once dry, use leaf-shaped fondant cutters or a small non-serrated knife to cut out flame shapes. Alternatively, you can use a decorator bag to pipe flame shapes using melted candy melts. Optionally, add some gold sprinkles on the flames to give a glow!
- If using frosting, once cake pops have dried, prepare and pipe frosting to decorate. When using decorator frosting using Wilton tip #1 or #2 provides thin, clean lines.
- Top decorated cake pop with flame cut-outs. Either lightly push into the top or dip the bottom of the flame in a bit of candy melt to attach.