Using two rounded pudding bowl cakes you can create this cute valentine Panda. (see step 1)
If you’d rather create a teddy bear, cover the cakes with golden brown coloured sugarpaste instead of the black and white.
If you don’t have a suitable pudding bowl, bake two small round cakes and carve the sides to create two small domed cakes.
You will need:
2 pudding bowl cakes
1 Kg (2lb 4oz) white sugarpaste
500g (1lb 2oz) black sugarpaste
30g (1 oz) red sugarpaste
Black food colour
20cm (8in) round cake board
Bake two cakes using a heatproof pudding bowl. The one I used was a two pint bowl. Grease the bowl with a little butter and cut out a greaseproof paper disc and place in the base to help aid the release of the cake once it’s baked. Fill the bowl two thirds full with cake batter. (I found a four egg madeira mix was enough for the two cakes) and bake for about an hour or until the cake is risen and starting to pull away from the sides.
Cover one of the pudding bowl cakes with buttercream
Place towards the rear of a 20cm (8in) round board and cover with 500g (1lb 2oz) white sugarpaste. Place a cake dowel into the top of the cake.
Cut a small oval out of the front of the second pudding bowl cake. This cake will form the head.
Cut two small curves into the side of the face.
Buttercream the panda’s head and cover with 500g (1lb 2oz) white sugarpaste.
Slot the head onto the body.
Stick two flat black 15g (1/2 oz) sugarpaste ovals onto the eye area and a 10g (1/3 oz) black oval for the nose.
Stick two white sugarpaste disks on the eyes
Make two 120g (4oz) black carrot shapes for his legs. Bend the widest part into an “L” shape to form the foot and stick one either side of the body
To make the rose, roll 30g (1oz) red sugarpaste into a thin strip. Paint a light line of water down one long side and loosely roll up the sugarpaste like a bandage.
Make two 90g (3oz) black sugarpaste carrot shapes for his arms. Place the rose against his chest and stick the arms in place holding the rose in position
Roll 30g (1oz) black sugarpaste into a thick disk and cut in half for his ears. Stick one half either side of the head.
Paint “U” shaped pupils on the eyes and a “W” for a mouth with a little watered down black food colour.