Panda Bear Cupcakes
During ancient times in Princess Mulan’s homeland, Chinese emperors sometimes kept Pandas as pets. They must have had plenty of food on hand because these native black-and-white bears sure can eat. Pandas are known to spend as much as 16 hours a day munching on their favorite food: the bamboo that grows on China’s mountainsides. Here’s a treat that’s sure to satisfy the appetite of any Panda fan.
prep time10 min
cook time5 min
total time15 min
Frost the cupcake and set it aside while you create the panda bear's facial features.
Spread a sheet of waxed paper on a flat working space and then sprinkle the surface with granulated sugar.
Cut the gummi bear into five equal-size pieces and set one of them atop the sugared paper. Sprinkle on a little more sugar. Then cover the candy with another piece of waxed paper and roll it into a circular bear ear about 1/8 inch thick and 3/4 inch wide (you can use your fingers to better mold and refine the candy once you've rolled it). Make a matching ear from a second piece of the candy.
Roll out two more gummi bear pieces to create oval eye patches about 1 1/4 inch long and 3/4 inch wide.
Finally, roll out the remaining piece and cut out a triangular nose (about 3/4 wide and 1/2 inch long from top to tip).
Arrange the ears, eye patches, and nose on top of the cupcake, as shown. Then top the lower portion of each eye patch with a dab of white icing and press a chocolate chip, tip down, into each dab.
Finally, use black decorator's gel or icing to draw on a thin upturned mouth, and then to connect the center of the mouth to the bottom of the nose.