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



talktomyshoes said...

These are incredibly cute! I CANNOT wait to try making some! Yum yum yum!

April 23, 2012 07:39 PM
Kendra said...

Love how you always give your creations personalities!

April 23, 2012 08:26 PM
Tracy {Pale Yellow} said...

These are so cute! Love them, thanks for sharing with great step-by-step photos!

April 23, 2012 08:45 PM
Keroppi said...

These are really adorable – and I bet they are really tasty, too!
I could have never dreamed of using chocolate chips like that!

April 23, 2012 08:46 PM
Kaila said...

These are adorable! My friend’s favorite animal is a panda, so I need to make these for her! :D

April 23, 2012 09:00 PM
Elizabeth Frazier said...

Those are so CUTE! Question. What kind of edible pen do you use? I bought some and they are awful. They don’t write well at ALL. I also wanted to send you a few pictures of the cake pops I made…I’m just a mom and don’t have a fancy blog, but I thought you would be proud of me :) You inspire me! Anyways, where do I send the pictures?

April 23, 2012 10:06 PM
Kendra @ said...

Absolutely adorable (and easy enough that I feel like making some myself)!

April 23, 2012 10:26 PM
Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

Adorable and easy. Such a great idea!!

April 23, 2012 10:43 PM
Meli said...

!!!! I think these are probably the CUTEST cupcakes i’ve ever seen!

April 24, 2012 12:31 AM
Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

Those bears have the most adorable, expressive faces.

April 24, 2012 12:56 AM
Jennifer L. said...

These are so cute I want to cry!

April 24, 2012 02:27 AM
michelle Mango said...

i lav it!!! and u are awesome BAKERELLA!! <3

April 24, 2012 03:49 AM
Sylvieaa said...

C’est adorable!!!

April 24, 2012 04:48 AM
Katlyn said...

These are adorable! How many mini cupcakes does the recipe yield?

April 24, 2012 08:39 AM
Katlyn said...

I’d love to make these – how many mini cupcakes does the recipe yield??

April 24, 2012 08:42 AM
Carol said...

the pandas are the cuttest…… My grandson’s Birthday is next week. He loves Curious George. Can you show me a cute way to make cupcakes that look like George for him.
Thanks so much.

April 24, 2012 09:19 AM
Brittany said...

UH, yeh, this is adorable lol

April 24, 2012 09:36 AM
Gabrielle said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! These are soo adorable! These will definilty be made ASAP! :)

April 24, 2012 01:24 PM
Ana said...

Amazing!! You are incredible!!

April 24, 2012 01:45 PM
Rebecca said...

Oh wow so cute and EASY – my favorite combination. I think I will use this for our son’s bday party – He LOVES Kung Fu Panda! Thank You!

April 24, 2012 03:11 PM
JSousa said...

You always do AMAZING things!!!! I would love to have some :D

April 24, 2012 04:50 PM
SandraM said...

I love that you were able to use the chocolate chips for so much of the panda. (everyone has those in the house!!) Thank you for sharing. :o)

April 24, 2012 08:12 PM
Karen said...

I think I’ll be making these for my baby’s first birthday! Thank you for your blog — you inspire me and bring a lot of cheer into my usually dreary workdays!

April 24, 2012 08:25 PM
welbilt bread machine said...

they’re so cute! i’ve never seen cupcakes like that before. i’m gonna try these with my kids. thanks!

April 24, 2012 10:24 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

I love that they are minis! I love the sweet little expressions on their faces! I love the super easy way you frosted them..and I really love how cute they are!

April 24, 2012 11:08 PM
Aimee Brown said...

Wonder if these would work well with coconut,
Sanding sugar is expensive in Australia (as a teenager)
They are awesome.

April 25, 2012 12:03 AM
Donna Perkins said...

absolutely adorable, as is everything you do!!!!!

April 25, 2012 12:05 AM
Sky Turtle said...

Love the little one on the left, with the smaller mouth :>

April 25, 2012 03:37 AM
Katie said...


I know what I’m doing for my husband’s Thursday night Bible study!

April 25, 2012 10:09 AM
nini said...

Does anyone know what size the cupcake tray is?

April 25, 2012 10:18 AM
Stacey said...

They just brightened up my day! : ) Much cuteness

April 25, 2012 11:10 AM
Ceej said...

never thought I could use chocolate chips this way. thanks for sharing another great idea!

April 25, 2012 12:18 PM
Delphine said...

Those little cupcakes are absolutely adorable ! I’d love to make some because they seem so easy to make !

April 25, 2012 12:47 PM
Lily @ Sugar and Slice said...

These are SO CUTE! cupackes = delicious, pandas = adorable, its the perfect combination
They look encouragingly easy to create, I just might have to get into the kitchen right now x

April 25, 2012 01:29 PM
Sarah said...

I love these, must make them sometime. A co-worker just asked if I saw them already…of course!

April 25, 2012 04:54 PM
Anne said...

awesome.. im new to this so i hope this doesn’t sound stupid.. what is sanding sugar?


April 25, 2012 05:36 PM
michele said...

These would go great at a kids tea party. So adorable and they don’t look to difficult to make. Perhaps the kids at the party can decorate them.

April 25, 2012 08:20 PM
Megan said...

These cupcakes are absolutely to die for. You should make your own recipe book with all of this.Every blog post should be a book page.

April 25, 2012 08:56 PM
wakanetwork said...

The cutest little cookies I ever see and I bet it taste fabulous!

April 25, 2012 11:06 PM
wakanetwork said...

Oh dear I’m sorry I thought it was cookies. Its a cute little cupcakes great treats for kids.

April 25, 2012 11:11 PM
Appliance Planet said...

They look so cute!

April 26, 2012 05:20 AM
Areej said...

I made these very cute Pandas Cup cake today to my daughter’s school,
They turn very adorable,
Thanks Bakerella!!!

April 26, 2012 11:25 AM
Sandi said...

Adorable! I’m Chinese so I will always have an excuse to make pandas! Thank you!

April 26, 2012 11:39 AM
Teddie Pesch said...

Thanks, made these with ny 2 & 4 year old today! so fun!

April 26, 2012 01:04 PM
winnie dolderer said...

These are adorable! Made me smile!

April 26, 2012 09:19 PM
Colleen said...

hi, i was just wondering how big your mini cupcake was because i wanted to buy normal sized chips, not bigger chocolate chips like the ones you used. i am planing to make these for someone soon so please reply soon! thanks. :)

April 26, 2012 09:46 PM
Jenna said...

Oh em gee! So, so, so, cute!

April 26, 2012 10:36 PM
nancy k. said...

Too cute for words. You are so clever and have such a great eye for using ordinary things to make exraordinary creations!

April 27, 2012 12:13 PM
Laura S. said...

Oh my gosh these are ADORABLE!

April 27, 2012 12:32 PM
Recipes We LOVE said...

These are SO CUTE and look like somthing I could actually do. LOVE them

April 27, 2012 03:16 PM
Bella said...

These are so adorable! I love the different expressions you created.

April 27, 2012 04:29 PM
Ana Rita said...

Hi,it´s so lovely and easy.

April 27, 2012 05:53 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

Angie! Using those chocolate chips!?!? Pure genius! I love how your mind works!

April 28, 2012 02:06 PM
Miss said...

These are so cute and I think I could actually make these turn out!

April 28, 2012 10:00 PM
Shanna said...

Hi these panda cupcakes are adorable!! Where can I find the frosting recipe???

April 28, 2012 10:50 PM
Linda said...

These are so, so cute. And easy too. And mini. Those things I like (as a mother). Thankyou Angie.

April 29, 2012 02:47 AM
Aileen said...

These are so much fun to make! If you’re making regular sized cupcakes use Hershey Kisses instead of chocolate chips. It works great! :)

April 29, 2012 05:58 PM
amanda said...

I LOVE PANDAS!!! this is so cute!!!

May 1, 2012 02:02 AM
Bee said...

Made these this weekend with my little boy who thought they were fantastic. Posted piccies on my blog too and linked back to you. Thanks for the inspiration!

May 1, 2012 03:09 AM
Lotje said...

Too Cute!

May 1, 2012 09:38 AM
Amy@The Button Casa said...

Oh.My! Those are so cute! I wonder if I can talk one of my daughters into having a panda themed party?

May 1, 2012 11:14 AM
Melissa said...

I love these and can’t wait to make them — sometime sooner than my daughter’s 2nd birthday in December :)

May 1, 2012 02:52 PM
Popsticake said...

Super cute n adorable….love it

May 1, 2012 03:02 PM
Darcell said...

I’m making these for Mother’s Day! THey are so cute.

May 1, 2012 05:00 PM
ronni said...

so cute!! I had a lousy evening, and then I saw these adorable little pandas and I got huge smile on my face… great idea, thanks!

May 2, 2012 02:46 PM
ronni said...

so cute!! I had a lousy evening, and then I saw these adorable little pandas and I got huge smile on my face… great idea, thanks

May 2, 2012 02:48 PM
Nikki said...

I am definitely going to make these, nice job. I admire your work :)

May 3, 2012 05:07 PM
Fabiane Ehle said...

Fantastic!! I will definitely try this one!
Thanks for sharing!

May 3, 2012 08:15 PM
Sylvia@MyLovelyBites said...

You are so surprising! How do you come up with all these cute treats, what kind of magic do you use?? I wish I could be as inspired with great ideas as you are! :) You are amazing, thanks!

May 3, 2012 11:41 PM
Lee-Anne said...

OMG – I MUST make these for my son’s daycare! Why? Because it’s called Panda Bear, of course!!! Perfect! :D Thank you!

May 7, 2012 02:30 AM
Rachel said...

Hi, I’m from South Africa, please could you let me know if I need to make the full amount of frosting as per your frosting recipe or would just half do. Also what is sanding sugar, can’t think that I’ve seen anything like that in the supermarkets here in SA.

May 7, 2012 04:09 AM
hiko said...

woww! so cute, thans for sharing :)

May 9, 2012 04:52 AM
Anne said...

These are precious and look super easy! Thanks for the tips!

May 9, 2012 07:52 AM
Marie said...

These are absolutely adorable, and they look so easy to make. Thank you for sharing!

May 9, 2012 10:07 AM
Melissa said...

These were amazing, and I typically don’t like chocolate cupcakes! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

May 9, 2012 11:14 AM
Olivia said...

Made these with my best friend for her birthday and made brown bears as well using nutella for topping! they were great & we loved them :)

May 15, 2012 08:01 PM
Magaly said...

Hi !
It’s really beautifull and seams really good ! I would like to try your recipie but can you say me what is the size of the cup ?
We don’t use “cup” for give a quantity in France, but only g or ml.
Thank you very much

May 16, 2012 12:15 PM
Rocío said...

Hermosos y muy fáciles! Soy de Argentina y sigo siempre tu blog. Gracias por compartir todos tus secretos.

You´re very generous!


May 18, 2012 01:16 PM
sue griffore said...

My family does not like buttercream. What other icing would work? Would cream cheese frosting be ok?? thanks

May 18, 2012 06:38 PM
Colleen said...

how many cupcakes does the recipe above make?

May 20, 2012 03:37 PM
Anonymous said...

I just love them

May 27, 2012 09:55 PM
Misty said...

My 2 yr old loves pandas. I can’t wait to make these and see the surprise on her face. Thank you!!

May 28, 2012 08:32 PM
Kristel said...

My sister is a PANDALOVER #1 class.. So when she became 30 in July.. I’m going to make these!Thanks!!!

June 5, 2012 04:56 PM
eni said...

i just wanted to say thank you!! we made this recipe 2 days ago and it was a home run!!! thanksss!! for posting!!

saludos from Venezuela!!

June 8, 2012 11:27 PM
Mika said...

These are so cute, and the recipe is so easy and delicious,
Thanks for sharing ^~^

June 9, 2012 05:53 PM
Nikki B said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for the instructions!!!

June 11, 2012 08:50 AM
Nicole Y. said...

How many cupcakes does the receipt yield? I don’t want to make too many of these, but they’re just a must for a friend’s bday who loves pandas.

June 14, 2012 12:02 PM
Mimi said...

I love the way you make it nice thanks

June 17, 2012 02:28 PM
sue griffore said...

Want to make these. Is sanding sugar different than granulated sugar? Approx what is the size/brand of the confetti? Would you still get the same effect with the Wilton eyeballs? It looks like you can get different expressions by using the confetti. I just think the ones I have found are too small. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

June 25, 2012 07:48 PM
Ms Washu said...

the many faces of Po…these are sooo cute!

June 28, 2012 03:20 AM
Ankita said...

Seriously, if I had ten percent of your talent… I would have been so smug :P

July 8, 2012 06:33 AM
Jessie said...

My daughter LOVES pandas and her birthday is coming up so I do believe these will be a part of her party!!! SO very cute! Thanks for sharing!!!

July 8, 2012 09:48 PM
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July 9, 2012 01:03 PM
lil baker said...

this is just the cutest little cupcake ever! But you know what would be really cool was that instead of a chocolate cupcake it could be a black and white in the inside? did someone say oreo cupcakes perhaps? ;) i also was wondering if you could make marble cupcakes, or maybe even tye dye! that would be awesome :)

I LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE YOUUUUUUU BAKERELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

July 10, 2012 09:39 PM
Tehreem said...

how many mini cupcakes would this recipe approx. make?

July 15, 2012 08:16 AM
jules said...

So adorable cant wait to try it .
What cuer than cupcake pandas :D

July 28, 2012 12:19 PM
Gina said...

Did you use the Ghirardelli chocolate-candy making wafers or the actual semi-sweet baking chips?

July 29, 2012 02:51 PM
Aaliyah said...


August 2, 2012 03:59 PM
Allen said...

what kind of frosting did you use.

August 5, 2012 04:56 PM
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