Panda Cupcakes

    1 hour 40 minutes

    These chocolate cupcakes are decorated as little panda bears. They are perfect for kid's birthday parties or animal themed parties.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 36 

    • Mini Chocolate Cupcakes
    • 1/2 cup (50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) boiling water, or as needed
    • 175g unsalted butter
    • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1 (250g) package cream cheese, softened
    • 55g unsalted butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 cup (160g) icing sugar, sifted
    • Panda Face Decoration
    • 1/4 cup (55g) white sugar
    • 180 dark chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
    • 30g white fondant, ready-to-use

    Directions
    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Grease one 24-cup mini muffin tin and one 12-cup mini muffin tin or line cups with paper cases.
    2. Sift cocoa powder into a large bowl and add boiling water. Stir into a thick paste, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Add 175g butter and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until batter is smooth.
    3. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir into the batter until well combined. Spoon batter into the prepared mini muffin cups using an ice cream scoop, filling each 2/3 to the top.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool in muffin tin for a few minutes; transfer to wire rack and cool completely, about 30 minutes.
    5. Make cream cheese frosting

    6. Combine cream cheese and 55g butter in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Mix in vanilla essence. Stir in icing sugar gradually.
    7. Panda face decoration

    8. Frost each cupcake with a layer of white frosting. Pour white sparkling sugar into a small bowl and dunk each frosted cupcake into the sugar, so the frosting is evenly covered.
    9. Place 2 chocolate chips into the middle of each cupcake for the eyes with the pointy side facing the cupcake. Place 1 chocolate chip with the pointy side pointing down for the nose, like an upside-down triangle. Make a mouth with 3 chocolate sprinkles in the shape of an anchor. Place 2 chocolate chips on top of the cupcakes for the ears.
    10. Roll fondant into tiny balls for the eyes, smaller than the mini chocolate chips, and stick 1 half piece of chocolate sprinkle into each ball for the pupils. Glue eyes onto the 2 eye chocolate chips with some frosting.

    Cook's Notes:

    If you don't need that many mini cupcakes, just make the amount you need and bake regular- sized cupcakes with the rest of the batter. You need to adjust the baking time, probably more like 20 minutes, just keep checking with a toothpick.

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