I have a confession to make…this time, I didn’t bake the cupcakes. I completely forgot that Children in Need was this weekend so I ran out and bought cakes as I knew that I wasn’t going to have time to bake. In a way, it’s worked in my favour for showing you just how easy it is to make these Pudsey cupcakes. As always, I will put alternatives for making the shapes in brackets for those who do not have the equipment. So look out for the these!
Before I begin, two points to make:
Firstly, I find that yellow sugarpaste is extremely sticky so I recommend leaving them for 24 hours before you apply them to your cupcakes. You should really do this for all toppers but sometimes you can get away with not doing it. Unfortunately, yellow isn’t a forgiving colour. As you can see, I did not do this to my toppers and as a result, they have creased once applied to the cake.
Secondly, Dr Oetker have a ready to roll pack which includes all of the colours you need, apart from white, which is available in most supermarkets. You may want to buy some extra yellow if you plan on making a lot of cupcakes.
Okay, let’s begin!
What You Will Need:
- Sugarpaste – yellow, white, red, blue, green, black
- a large circular cutter (cookie cutters are available in most supermarkets)
- two small circular cutters, varying in size (you could use your fingers if you don’t have them)
- Craft knife (or sharp kitchen knife)
1)To start, roll out your yellow sugarpaste using a rolling pin (you could use a glass bottle or flatten with your hand) and cut out a large circle to your preferred thickness. Personally, I prefer 2-3mm thick.
2) Next, cut out 2 smaller circles which are going to be the ears (if you don’t have a smaller cutter then roll two balls which are just under 1cm wide. Place it onto your surface and press your finger gently onto it which will flatten it into a circular shape).
3) Take each circle and gently nip and fold the circle in at the bottom which will create an ear shape.
4) Attach the ears to your circle using edible glue or water.
Okay, now for the bandana
5) Roll out your white sugarpaste and cut out your bandana. To do this, cut two lines angled slightly towards each other. Use your large circle as your guide. If it doesn’t look right, reshape it.
6) Once you are happy with it, stick it to your circle using water or edible glue and then using your craft or kitchen knife, cut around the edges, shaping it to the larger circle.
7) Now, it is time to make the spots for Pudsey’s bandana. Roll out your blue, red, green and yellow sugarpaste and using your smallest circular cutter, cut out several spots (if you don’t have the cutter, another way of doing it is rolling little balls of sugarpaste and pressing them between your fingers to create a small spot). Then, attach the spots to the bandana.
And now his face details
8) Our final step is making Pudsey’s face. Using your black sugar paste, roll out two small balls and a small sausage shaped piece of sugar paste. In addition, you will need a tiny amount of white sugarpaste.
9) Starting with the nose, take one of your balls and press between your fingers to create a triangle for the nose and stick this in place on Pudsey’s face.
10) Now his eye. Take the other ball and roll it into a slightly oval shape and press between your fingers to flatten it. Again, stick this to Pudsey’s face. Using the white sugarpaste, roll into a small ball and stick this to the upper right of Pudsey’s eye.
11) Finally, we need to make his mouth and eye brow. So, take a small bit of the sugar paste you have left and roll it into a tiny sausage. Stick this above the eye. Then, roll the remaining sugarpaste into a slightly larger sausage and use this for the mouth. Sometimes using your knife or a cocktail stick is handy to manipulate these into the shape you want.
And voila, Pudsey cupcakes!
There we go, Pudsey Bears for your cake sales! Here are some other ideas:
Please don’t forget to donate to Children in Need! You can find out all the information you need on the Children in Need website.. They even have a fundraising kit available!
Also, don’t forget to Tweet and share any of your cupcakes you manage to make with this tutorial! @thenibecamemum
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