Tuesday, February 5, 2013

More Minis

Puppy Love Mini Cupcakes

Puppy Love … mini cupcakes decorated with pink and red heart sprinkles for little ears and noses. I love using sprinkles and candies to make faces. Remember these pandas I made? I did something similar using chocolate chips for ears and noses. A candy challenge of sorts. It’s just fun for me to make something with what I have on hand. And make them easy at the same time.

And mini, too. More cupcakes. More cuteness.

I have to say, I’m not completely in love with these puppies. They’re cute, but they were cuter in my head. So keep reading and you can see how a quick candy edit can change them all together.

Chocolate Cupcakes

You can use the cupcake recipe from the panda post. It’s quick, easy and bakes yummy cupcakes. And I like that you can measure and mix everything in one bowl. And this basic buttercream recipe works great with it. After you frost the cupcakes, dip the tops in a bowl of sanding sugar to help even out the surface. When you add candies, add a little dab of frosting or even water to the back, so it will attach to the sanding sugar coated cupcake tops.

Mini Cupcake

This little guy. He’s pretty cute with hearts for folded ears.


Jumbo Heart Sprinkles

Red jumbo heart sprinkles.
I always have some of these on hand. They’re handy.

Candy Hearts

Red Candy Shape Hearts. Whenever I see these, (usually at Hobby Lobby or Cake Art) I grab them. Love the shape and thickness.

Puppy Cupcake

This little guy is pretty cute with an upside down pink jumbo heart nose and a little bone bow tie.

Bone Candies

Funny Bone Candy Shapes.

Now I don’t always have these on hand, but I thought it would be fun to finally use them for these Puppy Love Cupcakes.

Puppy Cupcake

And this little guy. He’s my favorite even though he doesn’t even have a heart shape to help make his face. So much for my puppy love idea. If I was just going to make one puppy, I think it would be him. He looks sweet.

Licorice Pastilles

His ears are made of pink licorice pastilles.

I usually pick these up at the Fresh Market from the buckets of candy you can buy by the scoopful. You could also use Good n Plenty candies, but the pastilles are usually a little thinner which I like.


Chocolate jimmies. You can use these for eyebrows and also for mouths.

Black Sugar Pearls

Black sugar pearls for eyes and noses, too.

Confetti Sprinkles

Pastel confetti sprinkles. I’d consider these one of my sprinkle staples. I have them in several sizes and shapes.

I used the pink ones for puppy tongues.

Candy Eyes

And these candy eyes actually make great noses on small sweets. I find this size at Hobby Lobby. They’re in a jar and sold by Festival. You can also find other brands sold by the sheet like candy buttons.

So those are the add ons I used to make puppies.

Now, like I mentioned above, I didn’t completely fall in love with the puppies for some reason, but as I was decorating I noticed if you take away the licorice, the hearts, the jimmies, and the bones and add something new for the ears you will end up with an even more adorable cupcake.

Mini Polar Bear Cupcakes

Polar bears.

A cute cupcake with even less candies. I like it…and love when you can create with minimum decoration and still be effective.

Soft Edible Sugar Pearls

The ears are 8mm edible soft pearls. They look like snowballs to me.

Miniature Polar Bear Cupcakes

There, much better.

Polar Bear Cupcakes

Here they are in comparison to a regular size cupcake. I know it’s hard to tell size sometimes by the photographs but they are itty bitty.

Mini Polar Bear Cupcake

Now, I love these. They’d be super cute served at a winter wonderland party.

Puppies or polar bears. Which do you like prefer?

Either way, it’s fun to get creative with candies. Sprinkles, too.

Kristen said...

Puppies! They are so adorable I don’t think I could eat them.

February 5, 2013 03:06 AM
Ana said...


February 5, 2013 03:21 AM
tinajo said...

Oh HELP me – too cute! :-)

February 5, 2013 03:24 AM
Keely said...

These are so cute!

February 5, 2013 03:29 AM
Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine said...

AH these are too cute! I love them! They would make such cute Valentine’s day gift for the kiddies in my bible class! I love the sugar effect! Its works so well! So creative! I am sure it becomes addictive – looking for ways to use candy!

February 5, 2013 03:38 AM
Chloe said...

I love puppies and I love polar bears. I can’t choose.

February 5, 2013 03:50 AM
Jayne said...

So much work but these are positively the cutest! I agree, I love the cute little enthusiastic puppy cupcake too. Eventhough it’s err… heartless? LOL. Thanks for indulging us with your spurts of creativity ;-)

February 5, 2013 04:36 AM
Hilary said...

I love the ‘polar bear’ ones, but to me they still look like dogs … you know those huge, fluffy Alsatian types? They look like a wolf-type creature put its paw in a power socket.

Both are extremely cute though! :)

February 5, 2013 04:58 AM
Winnie said...

They are all so adorable! The fun ears on both the dogs are so creative, and the softness of the polar bear is precious.

February 5, 2013 05:02 AM
Lydia said...

Wow. I LOVE these!!! I think I like the polar bears and the puppy with heart shaped ears the best, but after following the panda link I think I’ll be making those! They’re just so cute I could eat them up! Literally!

February 5, 2013 05:17 AM
Margaret said...

Just too cute!

February 5, 2013 06:33 AM
icakepops said...

I followed your panda tutorial and they were easy to make and fun. These will definately be next!

February 5, 2013 06:59 AM
Emily said...

Oh! Those are so adorable that I don’t even know which one I prefer! Maybe I’ll have to try my hand at making these…

February 5, 2013 07:31 AM
Janine (sugarkissed.net) said...

These are beyond adorable! I absolutely love how the licorice work as ears.

February 5, 2013 07:37 AM
Linsey said...

Love em both but the polar bears are perfect!

February 5, 2013 07:44 AM
Sosheil said...

Adorable yummies! These puppy-cakes remind me of a YouTube user called “The Pet Collective” who sponsor live-cams of puppies and kittens taken in by rescue shelters. They recently sponsored a beautiful female boxer/pit bull that was starved, unwanted and turned over by her owner to New Lease On Life (NLOL) in Newhall, CA. NLOL received the dog after she gave birth to 6 male puppies. NLOL named her “Hope” because she was so skinny and malnourished, yet she was still able to provide milk to her pups. Last October/November, Pet Collective put a 24/7 live-cam on Hope and her pups at NLOL – so totally great watching them being cared for, and watching them play, eat and sleep. They’re all adopted now, but now every time I see something doggie-related, like these cute treats, I think of Hope and her pups, also so sweet! .’) You can go to YouTube and look up The Pet Collective and see a series of recent videos put together of Hope and her pups narrated by Sharon Osbourne. Awww, I’m going to order some funny bone candy shapes and create some puppy-cakes for my BF for Valentine’s Day – too cute!!!

February 5, 2013 07:51 AM
elizabeth said...

So stinking cute and clever way to use these treat embellishments, but why would we have to chose??!! No way Jose! Both adorable!

February 5, 2013 07:54 AM
Southern Gal said...

How in the world do you make cupcakes look so cuddly? sweet.

February 5, 2013 08:02 AM
sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh so cute!

February 5, 2013 08:20 AM
Chris said...

I continually bow to your amazing creativity!!!

February 5, 2013 08:47 AM
Dense & Laura said...

These are so adorable! Such a great idea!

February 5, 2013 09:07 AM
Aimee said...

Amazed.. they are super easy and adorable.

February 5, 2013 09:23 AM
heidi said...

These are so adorable. Your blog is always very inspiring.

February 5, 2013 09:23 AM
Patti said...

puppies… if you make them :)

February 5, 2013 09:33 AM
Loretta Kelly said...

oh for lord’s sake these are insanely precious.. i vote all the things. :)

February 5, 2013 09:55 AM
Grace said...

Don’t ask me!!! I can’t choose!!! LOL!

February 5, 2013 10:20 AM
Monica said...

Ah, how can you pick between the dogs and the polar bears? They’re so adorable! Way too cute to eat.


February 5, 2013 10:28 AM
Louise Bateman said...

Both of them are very cute.

February 5, 2013 11:21 AM
Justyna said...

A thousand times LIKE! These are so stinkin’ cute!

February 5, 2013 11:37 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Angie, these are so sweet! I love them all!

February 5, 2013 11:46 AM
Carla @ Carla's Confections said...

Both are super cute, but I agree that the polar bears are just over the top cute! Love them :)

February 5, 2013 11:51 AM
Kylie Collins said...

I hate the fact that i live in the UK purely for the reason that Unlike in the US you cannot get loads of cute lcandy and cake decorations as we only really have the standard sprinkles and the odd heart confettii on valentines. Im considering moving to the US just for all the wonderfull food, cakes and decorations that are on offer.

February 5, 2013 11:59 AM
nikki said...

Love those lil pups ;)

February 5, 2013 12:11 PM
Brigitte said...

Being a dog owner, I love the pups – all of them!

February 5, 2013 01:12 PM
MrsCake said...

I fell in love with the polar bears… <3 <3 <3

February 5, 2013 01:58 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These are both cute, but the polar bears are cuter. Which is too bad, because I love puppies and was sort of hoping they’d be the cutest ever.

February 5, 2013 02:53 PM
Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker said...

Oh my gosh, so much cuteness! The puppies are adorable and I like the idea of a “puppy love” cupcake for Valentine’s Day, but I think I agree with you. The polar bears are so, so cute! Love them!

February 5, 2013 03:24 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Puppies and Polars!! Both are adorbs..but the Polar Bears won my heart! Love these. :)

February 5, 2013 03:32 PM
Britt @ Lovin' From the Oven said...

I just love the minis!! And these are just too much. My personal fave would probably have to be the polar bears. Either way though, I’m a sucker for mini cuteness.

February 5, 2013 03:35 PM
Kim L said...

I just love your website. The recipes, the instructions and the awesome photos. Thank You!!!!

February 5, 2013 03:57 PM
Klementine said...

Wow, you ALWAYS succeed in making me incredibly hungry. The puppies are cute but the polar bears are even more adorable!

February 5, 2013 06:52 PM
Coleen Patrick said...

Absolutely adorable! Pinning them to my baking envy board. :)

February 5, 2013 07:58 PM
Lantana said...

Oh my those are too cute! I don’t have a lot of the candies though. Are there more easier to find substitutes for black sugar pearls, soft sugar pearls and heart sprinkles? If i can find the right candies, I am going to make them for a Valentine’s cake walk. You rock!

February 5, 2013 08:42 PM
Teresa R. said...

love your puppy minis. going to have to go shopping for some licorice patilles and black sugar pearls. want to say that I love your work.

February 5, 2013 09:05 PM
Heather Keogh said...

Polar Bears? I think a well fed Poodle is my take on them – LOL Either way, Simply delightful. I enjoy your sight Miss Bakerella.

February 5, 2013 09:33 PM
mindy1 said...

Argh soo much cuteness-cannot choose

February 5, 2013 11:06 PM
Beanie said...

I saw the Red Candy Shape Hearts at CVS tonight in the Valentine section!!!

February 5, 2013 11:17 PM
Remy said...

Bakerella does it again!
Super cute!
My vote goes to the puppies in honor of my four year old… “puppy” :)

February 6, 2013 02:26 AM
Natasha @ Smorish said...

These made me smile! Too cute, I love them both!

February 6, 2013 03:59 AM
Orla said...

I’d gladly take them all off your hands! ;) I think the polar bears look like Chow Chow puppies! Love your blog so much Bakerella!! You inspired me to start my own! :) x

February 6, 2013 04:51 AM
chessa said...

Adorable! I’m running out to Hobby Lobby and get some supplies.

February 6, 2013 08:31 AM
Rita said...

OMG adorable! Love your use of candies <3 The puppy dogs are super cute, but I prefer the polar bears – they really do make me want to throw a winterland party!

February 6, 2013 12:12 PM
Laura said...

I love the polar bears- maybe because I’m missing the snow this year and they remind me what winter is supposed to be like. So fun to see all the different ways candies can be used.

February 6, 2013 03:03 PM
Trudy said...

these are by far the most adorable edibles. I just want to pick them up and squeeze them…then eat them. HA You are undoubtedly the most creative cake decorator with all your ideas and so neatly, perfectly done.
I enjoyed these.
Thanks Bakerella!

February 6, 2013 03:05 PM
Cecily said...

The puppies made me say aw, but the polar bears I fell in love with.

February 6, 2013 03:15 PM
Anxhela said...

This has to be the cutest thing I have ever seen. These would be perfect for a winter wonderland Christmas themed party.

February 6, 2013 06:18 PM
JoAna said...

These are super cute. I really want to pick a favorite, but I just can’t do it! The puppies are adorable and the polar bears are darling…
What great ideas! Thank you for sharing :)

February 6, 2013 07:53 PM
SandraM said...

I am amazed what you can do with candies! Love the puppies….then I saw the polar bears…then I looked at the puppies again….oh, I love them both!

February 6, 2013 08:20 PM
kylene said...

honestly, both are cute! i don’t think i can choose-it’s like the difference between apples and oranges!

February 6, 2013 11:14 PM
Lori said...

Like others, I love them both, but the puppy cupcakes will be a perfect thank you for friends at a local dog charity. I can’t wait to make them! Thank you for another cute design :)

February 7, 2013 12:18 AM
Lisa said...

I actually see a little puppy in those polar bears – the faces remind me of pomeranians!

February 7, 2013 07:25 AM
Emma @ Bake Sew Grow said...

How do you ever bring yourself to eat some of the things you make? They’re so cute I couldn’t bear to! Haha :) PS: The polar bears also look like samoyed puppies too :D

February 7, 2013 09:03 AM
LesliMarie said...

These are just too cute!


February 7, 2013 10:43 AM
Deena said...

I just noticed you call them jimmies!! LOVE!!!!!

February 7, 2013 12:20 PM
Heather said...

So adorable! x


February 7, 2013 02:29 PM
Krista Baum said...

These are so cute I can barely stand it! I am going to make these for my girlfriend who rescue and fosters animals in New Jersey. Thank you for sharing!!!

February 7, 2013 03:40 PM
Pammie said...

I love these!!! White is my favorite color and I fell in love with ALL OF THEM!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! You’re so creative it’s scary!!!! ;)

February 7, 2013 05:07 PM
Jessica said...

This is perfect! I just got asked to make cupcakes for preschool’s Valentine’s party and I was stuck for an idea. And the craft store had all the sprinkles that I didn’t already have. Thanks for the idea!

February 7, 2013 06:25 PM
Kelly said...

They’re all adorable of course, but the ones with the tongues sticking out the side have my heart. :P

February 7, 2013 10:52 PM
Andrea Aguirre said...

They’re both super cute! But i’m in love with the polar bears!

February 8, 2013 03:54 AM
Georgina said...

Lovely. They are perfect!
All the things you make are so beautiful!!!

the best one for me: the polar bear!! :D

February 8, 2013 06:00 AM
Sarah Lynn said...

Those are so cute! I love them both, but especially the polar bears!

February 8, 2013 02:09 PM
Miss @ MIss in the Kitchen said...

These are so adorable! You never cease to amaze me!

February 8, 2013 04:40 PM
havi said...

I can’t find edible ink pens. What’s an alternative that I can use? Thanks

February 8, 2013 04:52 PM
SUE said...

I am truly amazed at your creativity. I check out your website several times a week to see what new things you have done.

February 8, 2013 07:48 PM
Natty said...

Can u please give me the chocolate cupcake recipe

February 9, 2013 03:56 AM
Natty said...

Can u please give me the chocolate cupcake recipe Bec there r no cake mix avail in my country

February 9, 2013 03:58 AM
Catrin said...

Hello Angie,
I love the polar bears – they´re great for a snowy birthday party! Also a good idea for cake pops….
Thanks for the idea!

February 9, 2013 05:30 AM
Brooke said...

I’m a little late coming in on this…but you could also, maybe, use those Mallow Bits for the polar bear ears or a mini marshmallow cut in half…

Might try this!

February 9, 2013 08:51 AM
*Doudou* said...

So lovely!!!!!
Congrats :)

February 9, 2013 12:24 PM
Melanie said...

Polar bears, but don’t let my puppy know I wrote that ;-)

February 10, 2013 11:59 AM
Amber said...

I love the Polar bears for winter, but Puppy love for Valentine’s Day! Too cute! Love your blog…I’ve followed you from the beginning. Very inspirational! :)

February 10, 2013 11:12 PM
Jennifer said...

These are so cute I think my ovaries exploded! Darn you, Bakerella and your genius for baking cuteness!

February 12, 2013 08:12 PM
vicky said...

I love the cupcakes. I have been a fan of your website for a long time. Love your stuff!!


February 12, 2013 11:49 PM
Ashley said...

Love the polar bears and adore that they’re mini!

February 14, 2013 02:35 PM
Angela said...

Those puppies are the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

February 14, 2013 07:47 PM
nicole said...

You are right! As much as I love puppies, the polar bears are extremely cute :D

February 16, 2013 07:04 PM
Tabitha Miller said...

These are all so cute, but I think I like the polar bears more!

February 17, 2013 04:54 PM
Faye said...

Minis so cute I’m crying!

February 20, 2013 06:05 AM
Christina Gomez said...

Made them for my daughter , she took them to her friends. Came out so cutie ! Thank you for sharing :)

February 22, 2013 03:24 PM
Gabriela said...

están verdaderamente geniales!!!
los quiero hacer para la fiesta de mi perrita

February 26, 2013 01:05 PM
Carrie from Bella Cupcake Couture said...

These are soooo stinking adorable Angie!! Why are you always so cute? xoxo

Bella Cupcake Couture
link to bellacupcakecouture.com

April 17, 2013 08:19 PM
Heather - Chickabug said...

Fantastic! My favorite part is the cute little tongue sticking out. Such a great touch! : )

July 11, 2013 10:46 AM
Reyhan said...

These cupcakes look too cute & irresistible not to try! I really love how you have given such detailed instructions on exactly how to make these step by step, a lot of other recipe sites I have tried lack this and that makes it so hard to follow their ideas but yours are so easy! It is also great to know your suggestions of other candy decorations you use for other recipes because it can be tricky to find suitable ones but it helps a lot to see them already used in heaps of your sweets. Love this blog!

October 18, 2013 11:39 PM
loran said...

puppies and polar bears!!!!!!!! there sooooo cute. I don’t think I could eat them. Your so creative ,it’s unbelievable

October 23, 2013 01:09 PM

gracias los voy a prepara para regalar se ven delicosos y facilies

January 5, 2014 09:25 PM
Lesdelicesdanais said...

Trop mignon …

January 11, 2014 06:29 PM
Melissa said...

Sixlets are my go to for rounds… it’s nice to know that I can find them any time in any color (and don’t have to buy a 5lb bag to & pick through to get the color I want!) you can by 15 small sleeves (with 8-10 in each package) for $1 at Party City.

January 23, 2014 04:39 PM
Pretty Flower said...

Almost too good to eat!! :)

July 1, 2014 05:37 PM
Haley said...

I made the polar bear cupcakes, without the tongues as no confetti sprinkles are sold around me. I also piped on the ears which looked better in mine, because I also couldn’t find the soft pearls. They looked great at the start, but the eyes started melting/spreading brown color around the eyes. They started looking like raccoons… not quite sure how to prevent that from happening :(

December 31, 2014 01:36 PM
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