Monday, November 11, 2013

Panda Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Isn't he cute!

My friend Anabel over at The Graceful Glutton and I may have an unhealthy obsession with pandas. Specifically the new born pandas at the Atlanta Zoo. We've been watching the panda cam since the day they were born.

So for Anabel's birthday it seemed a no brainer that these mini panda cupcakes were a perfect way to celebrate (never mind that she doesn't really like cake - I forgive her for that).

The idea for these are from Bakerella who makes the cutest creations ever.

For these panda cupcakes, I made a banana cupcake and cream cheese icing. Decorating the cupcakes is a snap. Don't skimp on the icing - a thicker blob of icing will make it easier to stick in the chocolate chips.


Makes approx 18 mini cupcakes
Based on recipe by Rose Levy Beranbaum


2  large ripe bananas (1 cup)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups sifted cake flour
¾ cup superfine sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

10  tablespoons unsalted butter 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, combine bananas and sour cream until smooth.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix just to blend.
  4. Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and blend on lowest speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add the butter and half the banana mixture. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase to medium speed and beat until well combined – about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides. Gradually add the remaining banana and mix lightly – don’t over beat.
  5. Fill 18 mini cupcake tins about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake approximately 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a cupcake.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from tins. Let cool.

Cream cheese Icing


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla


In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
Add butter and beat until smooth. 
Mix in vanilla. 
Add icing sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Increase speed and beat until well combined.

To decorate you will need:

White/clear sanding sugar.
Chocolate jimmies.
Chocolate chips
Candy eyes

Bringing it all together:

Gently spread icing on a cupcake.
Place sugar in a bowl and dip iced cupcake to cover icing.
Gently stick in chocolate chips for ears, eyes and nose.
Using icing for glue, add candy eyes on top of chocolate eyes.
Gently add jimmies for mouth.
Revel in cuteness.
Repeat with other cupcakes.

1 comment:

  1. Can I have, let's say...three of them at least?:)