In my new picture book I illustrated some teddy cakes that the character Nonna makes with Celia. I decided to recreate them in real life. I took a batch to Ivanhoe library where they were quickly gobbled up. I was told they were delicious – I should have made more!
I am sharing the instructions here so educators and parents can enjoy this easy activity with their children. I don’t profess to be a cake decorator, my sister, Joy is the expert in that field I can honestly say this is an easy recipe.
- Chocolate cup cakes
- small light brown biscuits (I used Almond Florentines)
- Pink Smarties
- Small chocolate drops (or brown smarties)
- Soft white vanilla Icing
- Black writing icing
You will need:
- piping bag
- butter knife
- a sink of soapy water
- will power not to eat all the left-overs!
Gather all the ingredients:
When you have prepared your pretzel ears start assembling the nose. Spoon a good amount of icing into the piping bag and use to glue the pink Smarties to the florentines.
Using the black writing icing pipe the mouth on the florentines.
Then stick the whole florentine to the cup cakes, slightly offset, allowing room for the eyes on one side.
Next, pipe a good amount of white icing onto the cupcake where the eyes will be. When we add the chocolate drop eyes the overflow will create part of the eye. Push each drop into the icing until almost touching the cake – but not quite!
Add a small amount of white icing to each end of the snapped off pretzel and push gently inot the cake until it grips. Ta-da!
Lat tip: If transporting your lovely teddy cakes, use a muffin tray so they don’t slip around. We don’t want teddy looking beat up, do we?!
If you have some teddy cake pictures you would like to share here, I would love to see them.