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Panda Cupcakes

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It recently was my nieces first birthday! The party was a panda party, so I thought it only appropriate to bake her some cupcakes to fit the theme. I had great fun making them, but as you can imagine it was very time consuming. The baking is the quick part, the decorating takes time.

So if you have the patience and feel like a challenge, start early and get creative!

Panda cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcake mix
100g softened butter
2.5ml NoMU vanilla paste
115g castor sugar
2 eggs
160g self‐raising flour
30ml milk

Butter icing
125g softened butter
300g icing sugar
45ml tepid water
a few drops ‘leaf green’ gel colouring
250g plastic icing/ ready roll icing
black gel colouring

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cases. Place all the ingredients into a mixer and beat until soft and fluffy. Divide the mixture among the cases.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until cooked through. While the cupcakes are baking, make the icing. Beat the butter until soft, slowly add the sifted icing sugar and water when it starts to thicken. Mix in the food colouring and beat until thick and fluffy. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Ice the cupcakes when completely cooled. Place the icing into a piping bag with a small star nozzle. Pipe small piping dots of icing all over the cupcakes, creating a grass effect.
Divide the plastic icing in half. Colour half the icing with black gel colouring, wrap and keep aside. In your hands,roll 12 white balls these are for panda’s head. Keep aside.

Roll the black plastic icing with a rolling pin, and cut out ears and eyes. Roll little black balls for the nose. Use your initiative and be creative, build panda and place onto the iced grass. Trust me the kids will go wild for these.