Bear cupcakes are so easy to make yourself! Cupcakes for kids have never been easier with this edible cupcake topper idea. Perfect for many birthday themes including a camping, woodland, teddy bear, zoo or lumberjack birthday party! Whether you are making them just for fun or for a birthday celebration, these DIY bear cupcakes will be a hit!
Bear Cupcake Toppers are so easy to make yourself with these step-by-step instructions. These cupcakes are great for all baking skills just like these beach cupcakes. Using vanilla wafers, edible eyes and frosting, these cupcakes are super simple but work so well for multiple birthday party themes.
Bear Cupcake Toppers Ingredients
To make these cute edible bear cupcake toppers you’ll need the following:
- cupcakes, baked and cooled in your favorite flavor
- chocolate frosting (from tub or your favorite recipe)
- vanilla wafer cookies (regular size)
- mini vanilla wafer cookies
- mini chocolate chips
- candy eyes
Use your favorite cupcake flavor, either vanilla or chocolate. Make cupcakes from scratch or use a box mix to keep it simple. Whichever you prefer is fine!
How to Make Bear Cupcakes
Cut 24 small wafer cookies in half with a bread knife. A gentle sawing motion worked best with a nice bread knife. Place mini chocolate chips in small bowl. Place in the microwave and heat in short intervals, and stirring often, just until fully melted. Pour melted chocolate in a ziploc sandwich bag and seal. Cut a very small tip in the corner of the bag. Alternatively, if you feel comfortable microwaving plastic you can place mini chocolate chips into a re-sealable sandwich bag but do not seal. Place in the microwave and heat for 40 seconds, kneading after 20 seconds until melted. Seal and cut a small tip in the corner.
How to Make a Rosette Swirl
Not sure how to make a rosette swirl on top of a cupcake? I promise it is easier than it looks. Bag pressure is key when piping frosting. It comes with practice so if you’ve never done it before, don’t be afraid to try a few times on some parchment paper and reuse the frosting until you get the hang of it. You’ll want to place a dollop of frosting in the center of the cupcake, keeping your decorating bag upright. Work around your cupcake in circles and connect it to the start of your rose. Be sure to decrease your pressure when you are ending the rosette so you don’t get a tip at the end and then pull away to close it.
Here are two different posts that go over the technique. If you like to see a video of this in action, check out 4 Ways to Frost a Cupcake with a 1M Tip . You’ll find the rosette technique at the 45 second mark. If you like more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos, try this Wilton 1M, Rose Swirl post. You can also simply frost these cupcakes if this seems too complicated. If you got this route the bear face will be flat and you’ll have to be sure to add enough frosting so that it is thick enough so the cut side of the ears isn’t showing.
Place a face wafer cookie onto the frosting and add two ears. Finish off the teddy bear cupcakes by adding a set of candy eyes.
Repeat until all cupcakes are frosted and decorated. That is all there is to making these brown bear cupcakes.
Cupcakes for Kids
These easy bear cupcakes would perfect for an everyday treat or for any of the following birthday party themes:
- Teddy Bear Picnic
- Lumberjack Birthday
- Camping Birthday Party
- Woodland Birthday Party
- Zoo Birthday Party
- Party Animal Birthday Party
Bear Cupcakes are so easy to make these simple instructions! Using vanilla wafers, frosting and edible eyes, you can create your own fun bear cupcake toppers. Works great for so many birthday themes including zoo, lumberjack, camping, teddy bear or a woodland birthday party!
- 24 vanilla or chocolate cupcakes baked and cooled
- 1 tub (16 oz) 16 oz chocolate frosting (or your favorite homemade frosting)
- 24 vanilla wafer cookies regular size
- 24 mini vanilla wafer cookies
- 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 48 candy eyes
Cut 24 small wafer cookies in half with a bread knife using a gentle sawing motion.
Place mini chocolate chips in small bowl. Place in the microwave and heat in short intervals, and stirring often, just until fully melted.
Pour into ziploc sandwich bag and seal. Cut a very small tip in the corner of the bag.
Pipe a nose, mouth and crease onto the large wafer cookies with melted chocolate.
Let set to harden completely or place in the refrigerate until chocolate is firm.
Place chocolate frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large 1M tip.
Pipe a rosette onto the top of the cupcake.
Place a face wafer cookie onto the frosting and add two ears. Finish by adding a set of candy eyes. Repeat until all cupcakes are frosted and decorated.
Be sure to check out some of my other favorite cupcake ideas including these chocolate coffee cupcakes from scratch and these pretty flower cupcakes!
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