Baby Panda Cupcakes


Like most people, I am a big fan of animal cupcakes. Why? Because they’re adorable. These baby panda cupcakes are not only are they fun to look at, they taste delicious too! This uses my go to cupcake base and american buttercream recipe. A full video tutorial can be seen here.

Vanilla Cupcake Base:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • white sanding sugar sprinkles
  • brown sprinkles
  • chocolate chips
  • candy eye balls (or you can use fondant!)

Servings: 24 mini cupcakes

Bake time: 10 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add in eggs, one at a time. Combine vanilla, oil, and buttermilk in a separate bowl, and stir into the dry ingredients in two installments. I mixed by hand, but you can also mix with a hand mixer. Pour batter into lined mini cupcake pans, filling each liner 1/2 full. Bake for 10 minutes, until the cupcakes are just baked through, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from pans, and let them cool on a wire rack.

As the cupcakes cool, prepare the vanilla buttercream. Whip the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, until it is creamy and smooth. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, adding it in multiple installments. As the frosting thickens, add salt and vanilla. Continue to mix, and add cream until desired consistency is reached.

Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, pipe on frosting using a large, round tip.Dip the frosted cupcakes into a bowl of white sugar sprinkles, making sure that the entire surface of the frosting is covered in  sprinkles. Place two large chocolate chips on the upper third of the cupcake for the eyes, pointy side down. Add a mini dab of frosting onto the back of eyes, and stick them onto the chocolate chips. Place two chocolate chips on the the upper edge of the frosting, for the ears. Put a chocolate chip into the center of the cupcake sideways, for the nose. Using brown sprinkles, make the mouth of the panda. That’s the fun part, you can make the pandas have whatever expression you chose? Below and some mini and regular sized cupcakes that I made.



And TAH-DAH! If these little guys can’t brighten someone’s day, I don’t know what will!

12 thoughts on “Baby Panda Cupcakes

  1. Hi Chelsea, you’ve got baking powder twice in the ingredients list. Is one baking soda and if so, which amount is it?

    Many thanks,

  2. Hi! I love watching your videos! I notice it says this makes 24 mini cupcakes, do you know about how many regular sized cupcakes this would make?

  3. Have you ever done a lavender frosting? I really want to for my daughter’s birthday but have no idea where to start.

  4. Hi Chelsea, do you have a recommendation to turn the delicious vanilla cupcake base into a strawberry cupcake? Thanks

  5. HI! If I wanted to make an oreo cupcake flavor could I use this recipe as a base or how would I go about doing that?

  6. You are so kind, you share your recipes, your frosting and then let us know we should use a different recipe for the cake part of the cup cake…..just not a selfish bone in your body. Thanks

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