Monday, April 23, 2012

Easy Little Pandas

Panda-cupcakes_3699

I made some cute chocolate cupcakes for you today.

IMG_3348

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

IMG_3408

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

Panda-cupcakes_3655

Chocolate chip covered pandas that are super easy to make.

IMG_3383

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

IMG_3477

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

IMG_3523

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.

IMG_3491

Like so.

Then you can start making panda faces.

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

IMG_3500

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.

IMG_3466

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

IMG_3565

Then you just need to finish the eyes.

IMG_3615

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.

Panda-cupcakes_3723

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

Panda-cupcakes_3743

Enjoy!

201
Colleen said...

I made these for my 10 year old daughter to take to class for her birthday! They were so cute! I had to make a few changes as I couldn’t find some things
and there is a child with peanut allergies in her class. We did find candy eyes to stick on to the chocolate that worked pretty well. Thanks my daughter loves pandas, she will be so surprised!!

September 4, 2012 12:25 AM
202
Angel said...

HI

September 6, 2012 10:29 AM
203
rachel said...

This is so cute!!!! I am going to plan a panda party RIGHT NOW and serve these!

September 15, 2012 02:49 PM
204
Crystal said...

I’m making these this week! Thanks for the inspiration!

September 25, 2012 10:49 AM
205
Isabel? said...

wow,i love them <3 so cute :) you know your blog is famous in germany,too? I often do some of your cake pops with my friends :))) greatings from germany <3

October 4, 2012 05:05 PM
206
Jae P said...

Love these. Cutest idea. Love it

October 4, 2012 09:10 PM
207
Alexis said...

Awesome Pandas!

October 7, 2012 07:16 PM
208
reha said...

Just wondering if you could use normal sugar instead of sanded? What would be the difference? Thanks.

October 9, 2012 01:14 PM
209
Tina said...

How would you make these with regular sized cupcakes?

October 11, 2012 11:04 AM
210
Lenna said...

My 3 yr old wants a Kungfu Panda party for his birthday. These are perfect.

October 13, 2012 10:04 AM
211
Paul Scarth said...

Really cute! What size cup / conversion to grammes have people been using ?

October 16, 2012 01:46 PM
212
shafriza said...

When i saw these i was really inspired to get back in to baking.. i stopped for a while cos i got married.. and finally i tried out the mino choc cup cakes… made 24 of them..perfect. thank you for the perfect chocolate cup cake recipe… now i have to start making these cute faces you make with the sprinklers.. i wish they had stuff like that here.

October 17, 2012 07:47 AM
213
sabry said...

Per TAZZA cosa intendi??? :)

October 21, 2012 01:48 PM
214
sabry said...

what do you mean for “cup”??

October 21, 2012 02:39 PM
215
Callie said...

These are wonderful! I tried them tonight to surprise my husband (we both love pandas), and they turned out great! Here’s a link to my blog post if you’d like to see. Thank you so much for the great idea!

http://pandaposes.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/little-panda-cupcakes/

October 23, 2012 01:00 AM
216
Diana said...

Oh, mine were a disaster. I followed a different muffin and different frosting recipe…. the chocolate muffin was lovely and gooey, but the frosting came out more yellowish. And I couldnt pipe a perfect circle mound, so the panda was all odd shaped. And then the colour of my chocolate chip wasn’t dark enough. BOO. Will try again later :D

October 25, 2012 10:21 AM
217
Kelsie said...

These are so dang cute! I can’t wait to make these for my birthday!

October 30, 2012 04:55 PM
218
Ingraid said...

So cute!! and so well explained, thank you :D
I will try to make them this week, but I think I’ll change the sugar that covers the frosting for coconut…

November 19, 2012 07:42 PM
219
Caroline said...

Did you need to use white colouring in the frosting or was the sanding sugar enough to make it white?

November 22, 2012 06:50 AM
220
Lester Lamoree said...

These look absolutely amazing, I can’t wait to try them. Thank you

December 8, 2012 09:46 PM
221
kewkew said...

These are just adorable. My girls want to make them right now (unfortunately we can’t, but we will make them soon I hope. Thanks for sharing, so creative.

December 9, 2012 10:54 AM
222
Anonymous said...

what is frosting?

December 20, 2012 04:16 PM
223
Mim said...

mini panda cupcakes

January 6, 2013 12:15 AM
224
Anonymous said...

Can you use any confetti sprinkles or do you have to use a specific size, like the jumbo confetti ones?

January 11, 2013 10:55 PM
225
Mary said...

I just tried this and it turned out well, but I used your icing recipe and it doesn’t look as white (a bit yellowish). Did you colour yours? Thanks so much for the idea!

January 17, 2013 10:22 PM
226
Le blog de Sarah said...

These looks absolutely scrummicous !!

January 21, 2013 03:40 AM
227
Melanie said...

Awwww these are so cute

January 23, 2013 10:33 AM
228
Cindi Richards said...

These are adorable! I am going to make them for my grandson’s 5th Kung Fu Panda party. Will regular granulated sugar look just as well, instead of the sanding sugar?

January 24, 2013 03:55 PM
229
Paula said...

OMG so cutee *-*

January 31, 2013 01:28 PM
230
Cute blog said...

I’m going to make them :D

January 31, 2013 01:29 PM
231
Wei said...

Hi i loooove pandas. They’re really cute, I try make them for my brothers, because I am rather new in the baking word I would like to ask you about the recipe is it 1 and 1/3 cup and how large should the cup be?

Thanks for the answer :)

February 2, 2013 08:53 AM
232
Nadine said...

What means sanding sugar in german? Can i get it here also?

February 10, 2013 05:49 AM
233
yemek tarifleri said...

looks easy and delicious. thanks for the recipe…

February 10, 2013 04:56 PM
234
Leanne said...

Oh they are gorgeous!

February 18, 2013 01:02 AM
235
Allison said...

Do these cupcakes need to be refrigerated after they are decorated? I am worried about the icing melting if I don’t and the chocolate getting a “bloom” if I do. I need to make them the night before.

February 22, 2013 01:21 PM
236
Larisa said...

That are soooooo cute!!!!

February 27, 2013 12:56 PM
237
Akiya said...

Omg!!!!!!!!!! I love how cute they are and they’re so easy to make it’s amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 1, 2013 10:43 AM
238
Luz said...

How many do those make

March 3, 2013 11:07 AM
239
Anna said...

It Was Awesome ^-^

March 11, 2013 05:18 AM
240
yemek tarifleri said...

tatl? tarifleri ve yemek tarifleri için te?ekkürler.

March 26, 2013 04:24 AM
241
Iana said...

I want to make these tonight, but I don’t know where to get white sanding sugar. Does anyone know if I can just use regular granulated sugar?

April 18, 2013 10:43 AM
242
Coryy said...

So for a regular sized cupcake can I still use the same sized chips? Or do they have to be like Hershey kiss size??

June 2, 2013 06:30 AM
243
luna said...

so cool making them for a bakeoff

June 22, 2013 09:13 AM
244
Clair said...

What is the white icing made off? Where. An I get sanding sugar or a similar substitute ? Thanks they look so cute!

June 27, 2013 07:41 AM
245
Bettina said...

They are sooo cute! I have to make them some day! :-)

August 22, 2013 06:38 AM
246
Sophie said...

Love them. SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 29, 2013 09:02 PM
247
Anonymous said...

Love them would like to meet you

September 2, 2013 09:42 PM
248
Amanda said...

So cute! Where do you buy white sanding sugar?

September 6, 2013 05:47 PM
249
Boe Ling said...

hi I got this from facebook (groupon singapore)
would like to check those measurement are in cups. How about in gm? Would you mind to share with me.
thank you in advance!

September 12, 2013 07:29 AM
250
Anonymous said...

`

September 15, 2013 09:02 AM
251
alexcellent said...

These cupcakes are awesome! So cute! I tried them and was very pleased with the results.

September 15, 2013 09:46 PM
252
autie said...

wow so easy to make made them for my friend for her birthday

September 20, 2013 10:36 PM
253
Daniela said...

Hi, i’m daniela from lima-peru, i made this recipe today and the cupcakes were delicious, thank you so much.

September 21, 2013 01:02 AM
254
Sarah said...

So Cute!!! Going to try to make them.

September 21, 2013 08:58 AM
255
gwen said...

I can’t find the white confetti circles. Does anyone know where to get them in the southeast?

September 21, 2013 10:48 AM
256
Carolina said...

This look awesome! :) With this recipe how many cupcakes did you get?

Thank you!

October 2, 2013 05:08 AM
257
Salam said...

Oh My God….they are so cute…it just that I am not sure I’ll be able to eat them up if Im making them. They are super cute

October 18, 2013 02:08 AM
258
loran said...

There ADORABLE!!!! they make me smile :)

October 23, 2013 01:02 PM
259
Evelynn said...

Omg! So adorable ;}

November 10, 2013 03:19 PM
260
amanda swindells said...

fab just fab xxx

December 12, 2013 04:28 PM
261
Anonymous said...

ok

January 12, 2014 01:56 AM
262
Anonymous said...

outstanding . i do not have words for this

January 12, 2014 01:58 AM
263
Anonymous said...

thanks

January 12, 2014 01:58 AM
264
deanna said...

chck this out

January 31, 2014 02:42 PM
265
Anonymous said...

these are cool

February 13, 2014 08:41 PM
266
Debra Hoffer said...

would love to see more cupcake recipes, just love making cupcakes and having new ideas to decorate them, i love your site,

March 21, 2014 11:28 AM
267
Alisson said...

These are so cute! My son’s favorite animals are pandas, I bet he would love these treats!

March 25, 2014 02:55 PM
268
Kelas Bakeri said...

wow. so cute, I would try these.

May 22, 2014 07:40 AM
269
Pearl said...

I made this once for a baby shower and they turned out great! And the best part was the flavor! I am now making them again for my daughter’s last day of school..

June 18, 2014 11:06 PM
270
Candace said...

I can’t wait to use this at my party

June 27, 2014 08:10 AM
271
Anonymous said...

panda

September 13, 2014 03:36 PM
272
fathima said...

Must try this lovely little cuppies. Thanks for sharing.

October 6, 2014 08:19 PM
273
Valentine said...

These cupcakes are so beautiful! I’m an extreme fan of panda’s. I like to bake cakes and especially cupcakes. It’s so easy and everyone likes it. You gave me such a good idea to make new cupcakes. I definitely make these amazing cupcakes for my birthday. I just want to know where you got the marker with edible ink?

October 18, 2014 06:55 AM
274
dfghjk said...

how many does this recipe make?
also it should say plain flour

November 23, 2014 09:57 PM
275
Cintia said...

Hi, I’m follow your work with pleasure, I love it! As a blogger I know what it means to put effort and time to make a post, and I know it is very annoying to find people that copy without even asking, but we point out a post I found in a Spanish blog that completely yours playing a tutorial . This is the link http://www.chiquirecetas.com/cupcakes-de-ositos-panda-mira-que-faciles/

Cite the source, but I copied it all! You know what to do, I just wanted to point it out.

Forgive my very limited English, Google Traslate does miracles!
regards

December 4, 2014 09:10 AM
Comment Pages

Random Sweetness
Newsletter 2
Left Custom Ad
Advertisement
Google Left
image
image
popshop
Bakerella T-Shirts
Show off your inner Bakerella with a super-cute T!
FM Media Survey