Paddington arrives in theaters Friday, January 16th and I made these sweet little pops to celebrate the movie from the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter). Paddington brings the comic misadventures of everyone’s favorite Peruvian bear to life on the big screen as he travels to the city in search of a home, meets the Brown family who offer him a temporary haven and then catches the eye of a museum taxidermist played by Nicole Kidman.
I love making character cake pops and Paddingtion is such a charming little bear. I had the most fun interpreting him in cake pop form for the movie. I gave him his signature red hat and a hint of a blue collar from his duffle coat to carry out the look.
And, here’s how you can make him, too!
Follow my basic cake pop instructions to get started.
Once you’ve crumbled your cake, mixed it with frosting and rolled the mixture into cake balls, you can reshape them into little bear heads for dipping.
To shape them into a head for Paddington, his forehead should be taller to accommodate the height of his hat and his nose should protrude in front. You can shape by hand, but I also find it helpful to use a lollipop stick to aid in shaping. Try rolling the stick on the front to flatten the forehead. You can also use it to make indentions for the eyes and nose as reference.
When you are ready to dip, insert the lollipop stick into a chilled and shaped cake ball. Then insert into melted light brown candy coating. (Note: To make light brown coating, melt and mix white candy wafers along with chocolate candy wafers in the microwave. Start small with the chocolate until you get shade you want. I also like to add some orange candy wafers to warm up the color, but it’s not necessary.)
Dip the cake pop and tap off any excess. Then, before the coating sets, attach two black sugar pearls in position for eyes.
After all the cake pops are dipped, lighten up the brown coating again by adding more white candy wafers. Use a toothpick dipped in the melted coating to draw on the front of the face for the snout. Before the coating sets, attach a black coated sunflower seed for the nose and let dry completely. (Note: Most of the seeds in the package are pointed on one end, but I will sift through them to find ones that appear rounded on both sides.
For Paddington’s hat, dip his head at an angle into melted red candy wafers so the coating curves around his forehead and around his head.
Remove and let dry completely.
When dry, use a toothpick dipped in coating to draw a floppy brim. Do this in a couple of stages. Draw in the coating, let it set to dry and then add more coating on top to make it thicker.
When dry use a toothpick dipped in melted blue candy wafers to draw on the coat’s collar on the bottom of the pop. Let the first layer dry and then apply more coating to make the collar thicker.
When dry, draw on a sweet side smile with a black edible ink writing pen.
Ta-da! … Little Paddingtons!
These are actually pretty easy to decorate. You just need:
- candy wafers – chocolate, vanilla, red, blue, orange (optional)
- black sugar pearls
- black sunflower seeds
- black edible ink pen
- and treat tags too.
Download the Paddington Tags pdf that I made and you can dress him up with his famous label from the story that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”
Oh my gosh, he’s such a cutie!!
Check out the #PaddingtonMovie in theaters this Friday!
This post sponsored by The Weinstein Company, but obviously I love making character cake pops. Hope you love these too. Enjoy!