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 time 10 mins

cook time 5 mins

total time 15 mins

What You’ll Need
A chocolate cupcake
White frosting
A black gummi bear
Waxed paper
Granulated sugar
Rolling pin
Black decorator gel or icing
2 chocolate chips
How To Make It
  • 1

    Frost the cupcake and set it aside while you create the panda bear's facial features.

  • 2

    Spread a sheet of waxed paper on a flat working space and then sprinkle the surface with granulated sugar.

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    Roll out two more gummi bear pieces to create oval eye patches about 1 1/4 inch long and 3/4 inch wide.

  • 5

    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).

  • 6

    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.

  • 7

    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.

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