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Kids of all ages will fall in love with these Paddington Bear Cupcakes. Made to celebrate the release of Paddington 2. Each chocolate cupcake is topped with a swirl of chocolate frosting and is adorned with a peanut butter cup bear wearing a bright red candy hat.
How cute is that duo pictured above? It's hard not to fall in love with both the stuffed version and the cupcake version of Paddington Bear. That sweet little bear from London via Peru certainly makes the world a brighter place.
Creating an edible version of this adorable bear was so much fun. I started by making one of my most popular treats, a peanut butter cup-topped cupcake, then decorated it to look like a bear using more candy.
To make these chocolate treats look like Paddington they had to be wearing a bright red candy hat which I made using modeling chocolate (candy clay).
I was thrilled with how much the cupcakes looked like the movie poster for the new film.
I was almost as excited as I was to see the new Paddington 2. I loved the original "Paddington" and can't wait to see what adventures Paddington and his adoptive family, the Browns, get into this time.
In this new movie, Paddington goes in search of the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday.
His quest leads him to Mr. Gruber’s antique shop where he sees a unique pop-up book. In order to afford such a wonderful gift he must take on odd jobs which leads to many amusing adventures for the bear. Alas, the book is stolen before Paddington can buy it and it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
Watch a few snippets of the excitement in this trailer...
I know with all the excitement surrounding the movie release, many of you will be hosting Paddington Bear parties this year. These cute Paddington Bear Cupcakes will make the perfect treat to serve to your guests.
Video step-by-step tutorial
I've shared a recipe below. You can also watch the step-by-step video tutorial so you can make these cupcakes at home.
- Modeling Chocolate (candy clay) looks like fondant but tastes like chocolate so it's a wonderful medium to use to create Paddington's eyes, nose, and hat. Find the simple two-ingredient modeling chocolate recipe on my Chocolate Making Tips tutorial.
- Piping gel is a clear, tasteless, food adhesive. You can find it at craft stores or discount stores in the cake decorating section. To make the hat, if you don't have piping gel, you can use water. Then use melted chocolate or candy melts to attach the hat and white peanut butter cup to the larger peanut butter cup.
- If you want your bears to look like they are wearing a blue coat, pipe a big swirl of blue frosting on the cupcakes instead of chocolate frosting.
- My bears are holding a #2 marmalade sandwich, made out of cake and orange piping gel, to look like the Paddington 2 movie poster. The sandwiches are so small that I found it easier to fill them with orange piping gel. You can make traditional-looking sandwiches and fill them with orange marmalade if you prefer.
- Be sure to check out my Food Coloring Marker tips tutorial if you are having any trouble getting your pens to write on the white peanut butter cups.
- Use chocolate frosting that holds its shape well. To add a bit of stability to the cupcakes, I inserted a chocolate cookie stick into the cupcake. It helps hold up the peanut butter cup.
PADDINGTON BEAR CUPCAKES
- 6 milk chocolate peanut butter cups
- 6 white peanut butter cup minis, not miniatures
- clear piping gel
- 1 ounce black modeling chocolate
- black food coloring marker
- white food coloring
- 6 ounces red modeling chocolate
- 1 white cupcake, frozen
- orange piping gel
- 6 thin cookie sticks cut to 3 ¼ inches long
- 6 chocolate cupcakes
- 1 ½ cups milk chocolate frosting
- 12 small milk chocolate malt balls
Attach one white peanut butter cup mini to the milk chocolate peanut butter cup using clear piping gel creating Paddington's snout.
Pinch off a tiny piece of black modeling chocolate, roll it into a ball, then use clear piping gel to attach it to the top edge of the white peanut butter cup creating a nose. Insert a skewer to create two nostrils.
Draw on a smile using the food coloring marker.
Pinch off two more small pieces of black modeling chocolate, roll them into balls, and attach them above the white peanut butter cup for his eyes.
Add highlights to the eyes using white food coloring.
Set aside and allow to dry.
Roll out the red modeling chocolate and cut out one 2 inch circle, then cut a 1 ⅛ inch circle from the center of it.
Cut a ½ inch wide by 3 ½ inch long strip.
Brush the inside of the cut circle with clear piping gel and insert the strip along the inner edge, creating the tube shaped crown of the hat.
Brush clear piping gel all around the top edge of the crown piece.
Flatten out the outer edge of the smaller circle then attach it on top.
Let this hat dry for just a few minutes then brush some clear piping gel inside the hat.
Press the hat over your peanut butter cup bear, shaping it to look like Paddington's hat.
Cut thin slices from a frozen white cupcake.
Cut out twelve 2's using a #2 fondant cutter.
Pipe orange gel on six of them then top each with another.
Insert one cookie stick into the center of a chocolate cupcake.
Pipe a big swirl of chocolate frosting around the stick.
Attach two malt ball paws holding one #2 marmalade sandwich.
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