Recently, I had a request to create Panda cupcakes. There is a panda cupcake floating around the internet that seems to be very likeable. I decided to try recreating this popular cupcake. It was actually quite easy as most of the ingredients are store bought.
Start with a simple cupcake recipe and bake 12 cupcakes. Even though I obviously didn’t bake chocolate cupcakes, I would suggest making them. My favorite, easy chocolate cupcake recipe can be found here.
To make the pandas, you will need the following ingredients:
- Rice Crispy Treats
- Mini Oreo Cookies (for ears)
- Regular size Oreo Cookies (for paws)
- Crushed Oreo Cookies (for body)
- White frosting (1-2 containers of store bought frosting)
- Black frosting (reserve a small amount of white frosting and add black gel color)
- Green Fruit Roll-Ups or Tootsie Rolls (for bamboo leaves)
- Pretzel sticks (for bamboo shoots)
Unwrap and mold the Rice Crispy treat into a ball with a shape protruding for the snout. This creates the panda head.
Attach the head to the cupcake with frosting. Then add more frosting to secure the head onto the cupcake. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes so frosting will harden.
Once the first layer of frosting has hardened, completely frost the cupcake making sure to define the neck and snout of the panda. Using the crushed Oreos, press into the base of the cupcake to make the body.
Cut off 1/3 of the mini Oreos and cut the regular size Oreos in half. Add the mini Oreos to the top for ears. Add the regular Oreos to the sides for paws.
Place a small amount of the black frosting into a sandwich bag and cut a small hole into the tip. Do the same with the white frosting. Draw the eye patches, nose and mouth with the black frosting. Add a dot of white frosting to the eye patch and draw the claws onto the paws.
To create the bamboo, cut out leaf shapes from the green fruit roll up. I didn’t have any fruit roll-ups, but I did have some green Tootsie Rolls (I tend to stock up on seasonal candies as they can be used all year round for various decorations.) On a microwave safe plate, place the unwrapped Tootsie Roll in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften. Then use a rolling pin to flatten it and cut out leaf shapes. Press the leaf shapes onto a pretzel stick.
Cute panda cupcake complete. Happy creating!