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.

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103 comments on “More Minis”

  1. Here are some great design ideas too if you fancy making larger puppy cakes; puppy cakes”

  2. Really cool recipe and idea, you can also use Oreo cookies too and cut them up to make the ears and nose if you do them right.

  3. 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 :(

  4. Almost too good to eat!! :)

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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!

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

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

    Bella Cupcake Couture

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

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

  13. Minis so cute I’m crying!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. 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! :)

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

  22. So lovely!!!!!
    Congrats :)

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

  26. Can u please give me the chocolate cupcake recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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!!!! ;)

  36. 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!!!

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

  38. 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

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

  40. 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 :)

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

  42. 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!

  43. 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 :)

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

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

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

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

  50. 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

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

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

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

  54. Argh soo much cuteness-cannot choose

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

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

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

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

  61. 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.

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

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

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

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

  67. Love those lil pups ;)

  68. 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.

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

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

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

  72. Both of them are very cute.

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


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

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

  76. puppies… if you make them :)

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

  78. Amazed.. they are super easy and adorable.

  79. These are so adorable! Such a great idea!

  80. I continually bow to your amazing creativity!!!

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

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

  83. 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!!!

  84. Love em both but the polar bears are perfect!

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

  86. 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…

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

  88. Just too cute!

  89. 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!

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

  91. 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! :)

  92. 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 ;-)

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

  94. 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!

  95. These are so cute!

  96. Oh HELP me – too cute! :-)

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

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