Monday, April 23, 2012

Easy Little Pandas


I made some cute chocolate cupcakes for you today.


And they’re mini, too. It’s hard to tell in this picture I know.


But because the cupcakes were mini, I was able to use chocolate chips to dress them up as sweet little pandas.


Chocolate chip covered pandas that are super easy to make.


First frost your cupcakes. Use a decorator bag with Ateco Tip #807 and you can whiz right through this part.


Pipe a small mound of frosting on top. You don’t need to cover the cupcake completely.


Because you will be pressing it into a bowl of sanding sugar to cover all the frosting. And when you do, the frosting will spread out and cover most of the top.


Like so.

Then you can start making panda faces.

Insert a chocolate chip sideways and towards the bottom for a nose.


Then press two chips pointed side down into the frosting to start on the eyes and two more in position for the ears.

I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips because they are a little larger in diameter and were better for panda proportions.

And the great thing about covering them in sanding sugar first, is that you can easily reshape the face if necessary without getting frosting all over your fingers.


If you want to add mouths, try black or chocolate jimmies and press them into the frosting.


Then you just need to finish the eyes.


Use a black edible ink pen to draw on white confetti sprinkles for dotted eyes and then attach them to the chips with a tiny bit of frosting to hold them in place.

You could also just pipe frosting on for eyes if you want to skip the pin and sprinkles.


There you go. Easy little pandas.

Chocolate Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup hot water

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Fill mini cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk.
  • Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined.
  • Add hot water and mix.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool and decorate.

To decorate, you’ll need:

  • Frosting (I used the one from this post)
  • Decorator bag and Ateco tip 807 (or just use a ziploc bac and cut an end off)
  • White sanding sugar
  • Chocolate Chips (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips for their size)
  • Jimmies (Chocolate or black and you could also just leave them off)
  • Pastel confetti sprinkles (just the white ones)
  • Black edible ink pen



Nicole said...

Those are just darling!! They just make me smile! I love how super easy they are to decorate. Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to make these with my daughter, I know she will absolutely love them!!

April 23, 2012 01:44 AM
Natasha McEachron said...

Absolutely adorable! It’s really cool that you can customize the expression by simply using different arrangements for the sprinkles.

April 23, 2012 01:48 AM
Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

As always, perfection!

April 23, 2012 01:52 AM
Holly said...

I’m wondering if there’s a corresponding Wilton tip to the Ateco #807? I really don’t want to have to order another tip if I don’t have to.

April 23, 2012 01:52 AM
Jenny said...

Thank you! I will try to make this and hopefully bring it to my daughter’s school fare next month.

April 23, 2012 01:54 AM
Mimz said...

those r ADORABLE !

April 23, 2012 01:55 AM
Leah said...

These are just precious! You are so talented!

April 23, 2012 01:58 AM
Mema said...

These are adorable and look SO easy to make.

Holly I think the Wilton 1A is pretty darn close to the Ateco #807

April 23, 2012 02:00 AM
Lea @iCooklea said...

Sooooo cute! Love it.And mini sizes make everything better ;)

April 23, 2012 02:03 AM
Malin said...

So, so cute. I can’t wait to try it myself :D

April 23, 2012 02:09 AM
Robin said...

Very cute! It is nice to find another jimmie sayer-I thought it was only a Northeast thing ;)

April 23, 2012 02:09 AM
ellinnur said...

super-cute! can’t wait to try it myself..

April 23, 2012 02:16 AM
aga-aa said...

they’re really cute. Perfection!

April 23, 2012 02:25 AM
Quiddy said...

They look so fluffy, it’s adorable! and the nose with side turned chocolate chip is such a good idea, it looks terrific.

April 23, 2012 02:26 AM
Kezia said...

These are so cute! I’m thinking of using this idea for my sisters 1st birthday, because they look really like something I could actually do!

April 23, 2012 02:29 AM
sue.falstaff said...

too cute!

April 23, 2012 02:30 AM
Aimee Brown said...

I love you Bakerella, you are so talented

April 23, 2012 02:38 AM
tanisha said...

perfect lil pandas! awesome idea for party!

April 23, 2012 02:49 AM
terina said...

This is AWESOME! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try it out! :)

April 23, 2012 02:52 AM
Kristen said...

So adorable (and really yummy looking too!)

April 23, 2012 03:02 AM
Whitney said...

I loooooove these, making them soon!

April 23, 2012 03:10 AM
Mrs. Hudson said...

So cute!!
When I saw it I remembered Kung fu-Panda…

April 23, 2012 03:31 AM
tania@mykitchenstories said...

Thank you for that. how fantastic. You make it look easy as pie!

April 23, 2012 03:36 AM
Livia said...

They look absolutely great! Thanks for this great post :-)

April 23, 2012 03:40 AM
sÉCO said...

Super cute, and it looks easy enough for me!

Thanks for the step-by-step

April 23, 2012 03:43 AM
Karen said...

They are too cute!!! I love them!!!

April 23, 2012 03:49 AM
Rose said...

They are so cute…thanks for the detailed tutorial…really perfect

April 23, 2012 04:03 AM
Vanessa said...

So simple and so cute too! Thanks for sharing as always :)

April 23, 2012 04:09 AM
Tanya said...

They are soooo cute ! Amzing how a little mouth makes them come alive . Thank you . Hope you are feeling great after all you have been through last year.

April 23, 2012 04:15 AM
GastroMonia said...

wow, they are so cute:) super!

April 23, 2012 04:27 AM
Eveline van Heijst said...

Looks good and very cute.

April 23, 2012 04:47 AM
Monica Larasati said...

Hi Bakerella! I am gonna try out your recipes this weekend. One question though – Do you use Celcius or Farenheit? Or if anybody can help me, please? Thanks :)

April 23, 2012 04:55 AM
tifleur said...

So nice! And it seems to be easy. Thanks

April 23, 2012 05:06 AM
Bonnie said...

how cute.

April 23, 2012 05:21 AM
tinajo said...

Oh HELP – these are soooo darn CUTE! :-)

April 23, 2012 05:25 AM
mindy1 said...

How darling-perfect for a kiddie party :D

April 23, 2012 05:52 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Adorable! They’re perfect!
You always manage to thrill, Angie. Thanks for another amazing idea – I know my students at school will go ga-ga for these!

April 23, 2012 05:53 AM
Katrina said...

So freaking cute! Love them!

April 23, 2012 06:39 AM
Rachael said...

Theses are just too cute! I love the little one who looks shocked.Rx

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April 23, 2012 06:40 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

S0 stinkin cute!

April 23, 2012 06:56 AM
Cindy said...

Those are adorable! I’ll have to try them.

April 23, 2012 07:02 AM
The slow pace said...

You make everything look so easy to do!

April 23, 2012 07:02 AM
shelly (cookies and cups) said...

completely ridiculously adorable!

April 23, 2012 07:32 AM
Taís said...

Sooo cute!

April 23, 2012 07:57 AM
Anita said...

I just died of the cute! Btw, if I do not want to use sanding sugar is there an alternative? Thank you.

April 23, 2012 08:01 AM
Lasuch w kuchni said...

Awesome :-D

April 23, 2012 08:09 AM
Michelle Torres said...

OMG! These lil pandas are so so adorable, and wow easy to make with your fabulous instructions! You are so amazing Lady!!!!! Thanks for sharing this super easy, yet adorable cupcake today!

April 23, 2012 08:13 AM
Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

so cute, love all the different faces!

April 23, 2012 08:15 AM
Beki Cook's Cakes said...

Those are very cute, and so easy. Thanks for the idea!

April 23, 2012 08:18 AM
Miss Margarita said...

So cute!

April 23, 2012 08:20 AM
Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

OMG! These little guys are SO cute! My favorite is the one with the little smirky smile!

April 23, 2012 08:29 AM
Melissa said...

Simply adorable!!! :)

April 23, 2012 08:41 AM
Elizabeth said...

These are so cute!

April 23, 2012 08:44 AM
Michelle said...

These are wonderful! I can’t wait to make them!

April 23, 2012 08:48 AM
Melissa ROberts said...

so cute..

thanks for sharing.


April 23, 2012 08:52 AM
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

omg love these!

April 23, 2012 09:01 AM
Jenny Flake said...

These are the cutest Angie!! Hope you have a great week girl! xoxo

April 23, 2012 09:04 AM
Ellen said...

I just love the simplicity and sheer cuteness of these! So great.

April 23, 2012 09:08 AM
Becca @ homebeccanomics said...

I am cupcake challenged but these look do-able! Thanks!

April 23, 2012 09:26 AM
beatriz said...

they are so cute!! I think I’m in love!!

April 23, 2012 09:29 AM
Aimee said...

They can’t be any easier and adorable…

April 23, 2012 09:33 AM
Julie said...

To Monica Lasarati – 350 degrees will be fahrenheit. That equates to about 176 degrees celsius.

April 23, 2012 09:52 AM
Linda Faye said...

Just too cute! I cannot wait to make these for my nephew! I was just at our Zoo with him on Friday. Next visit, I’ll pull these little cuties out after we come back to my house.

April 23, 2012 10:05 AM
Kayleigh said...

These are SUPER cute. I love pandas (and all things chocolate, and cake… ) Gotta try these out. You are SO creative!

April 23, 2012 10:10 AM
Maeve said...

So cute!!

April 23, 2012 10:23 AM
Sarah said...

too cute & easy, gotta love it!

April 23, 2012 10:28 AM
El said...

Bravo- they’re adorable!

April 23, 2012 10:32 AM
Denise said...

Love, love these!

April 23, 2012 10:36 AM
Lucky Penny said...

LOVE!! I love how adorable they are and how easy! You have such a talent for making simple things beautiful.

April 23, 2012 10:38 AM
Sharon C. said...

It’s absolutely ridiculous how cute these are!

April 23, 2012 10:42 AM
Stephanie said...

pan-da-dorable… thanks for sharing!

April 23, 2012 10:59 AM
sandra said...

these would be great for a birthday party. my son is very into the Little Pim video panda. that would make a nice themed party – Little Pim panda and language acquisition. maybe have all the flags of the world somewhere as decoration.

April 23, 2012 11:06 AM
Stephie said...

These are SO cute! Love it!

April 23, 2012 11:08 AM
Tiffany said...

These are sooo….awwww Cute!!
Going out right now to get the stuff to make these…
I was thinking yo could do a reg cupcake and use hersey kisses to.. what do you think Bakerella?

April 23, 2012 11:16 AM
mikky said...

Ack!!! You do the cutest faces! Like the little girl with the unicorn stuffy in the Despicable me movie I just want to hug these guys they are too cute!!! I have pinned some panda cupcakes before but I just love the nose and eyes and fur on your guys!!!


April 23, 2012 11:19 AM
suzy said...

So cute! Great idea and can’t wait for an occasion to make.

April 23, 2012 11:20 AM
keecam said...

OK so can you just have your own baking show already? Because EVERYTHING you do is so insanely, utterly adorable, such genious and completely inspirational that I am beside myself! If there is a better word for “YOU ROCK” then that my girl is you. :)

April 23, 2012 11:30 AM
Emily D said...

They are so cute!

April 23, 2012 11:55 AM
Holly said...

Thank you Mema! I have that tip! :)

April 23, 2012 12:13 PM
Holly said...

Ha..these are the very best ever! Their expressions bring them to life. I love these as I am a bear collector and these are just too cute to resist. I plan on making these real soon.Thanks so much Angie!

April 23, 2012 01:04 PM
Krissy's Creations said...

Adorable!!! You make the cutest animals. You should make a book out of them :)

April 23, 2012 01:23 PM
Nicole said...

So cute! I wonder what I could use to change them into koalas? My daughter’s soccer team is the Koalas and i’ve been looking for a cute Koala snack for their last game.

April 23, 2012 01:30 PM
marlaquack said...

Super fun!

April 23, 2012 01:33 PM
Emanuella said...

You left me speechless…….wow!!! I think I am going to try to bake them for my little nephew’s birthday…You always give us great ideas, thanks!!!

April 23, 2012 01:40 PM
Seanna Lea said...

I love how such a cute little cupcake is made with the simplest ingredients. I cannot imagine not having everything except maybe the sanding sugar!

April 23, 2012 01:44 PM
verO said...

Trop mignons !
So pretty !
J’adore !
Hello from Switzerland

April 23, 2012 01:44 PM
Carolyn said...

These are the cutest!! My daughter and I think they are even too cute to eat, but we would force ourselves to anyhow.

April 23, 2012 01:53 PM
Grace Vaught said...

Way too cute! Whoo-hoo! You have done it again, Bakerella!

Hey I was wondering if you could come to Bloomington, Indiana’s Barnes & Noble and do a book signing!

Thanks, Grace

April 23, 2012 02:26 PM
jennifer said...

Those are precious! How do you get your cupcakes so evenly rounded on top!? I love their different expressions.

April 23, 2012 02:47 PM
Rebecca @ Sink Or Swim said...

They look adorable as well as super simple to do! MUST get those chocolate chips!!

April 23, 2012 03:15 PM
Villy @ For the love of Feeding said...

I can’t decide which one is the cutest! I’d feel weird to bite one of them.. But I would.. :)

April 23, 2012 03:41 PM
Jagódka said...

So cute:)

April 23, 2012 03:45 PM
Richel said...

I think I will make these……..just because!

April 23, 2012 03:49 PM
Christine said...

ahh im so in love with these pandas bakerella!

April 23, 2012 04:00 PM
katherine said...

very cute!! i want to try making some

April 23, 2012 04:41 PM
Kristy S. said...

OH MY! I absolutely LOVE pandas and can’t wait to make these! Super cute and love the dark chocolate chips for more of a panda look!

April 23, 2012 05:00 PM
Linda K. said...

Oh my gosh! These are so adorable! I can not wait to make these for my niece and nephew! It really does look so easy too. :)

April 23, 2012 05:02 PM
Ness said...

these are absolutely adorable. perfect if you are doing a Kung Fu Panda theme!! Thanks for the inspiration!

April 23, 2012 06:18 PM
Corynn L said...

I love these! I so will make em’! Thanks Bakerella

April 23, 2012 06:48 PM
Mariana said...

These are so cute!!!!!!

April 23, 2012 07:14 PM
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