Valentine Panda

Valentine Panda

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

Buttercream

1 Kg (2lb 4oz) white sugarpaste

500g (1lb 2oz) black sugarpaste

30g (1 oz) red sugarpaste

Black food colour

 

 

20cm (8in) round cake board

Palette knife

Carving knife

Cake dowel

Rolling pin

Small knife

Cake smoother

Paintbrush

 

 

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

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.

 

Step 1

Step 2

Cover one of the pudding bowl cakes with buttercream

Step 2

Step 3

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.

Step 3

Step 4

Cut a small oval out of the front of  the second  pudding bowl cake. This cake will form the head.

Step 4

Step 5

Cut two small curves into the side of the face.

Step 5

Step 6

Buttercream the panda’s head and cover with 500g (1lb 2oz) white sugarpaste.

Step 6

Step 7

Slot the head onto the body.

Step 7

Step 8

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.

Step 8

Step 9

Stick two white sugarpaste disks on the eyes

 

Step 9

Step 10

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

Step 10

Step 11

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.

Step 11

Step 12

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

Step 12

Step 13

Roll 30g (1oz) black sugarpaste into a thick disk and cut in half for his ears. Stick one half either side of the head.

Step 13

Step 14

Paint “U” shaped pupils on the eyes  and a “W” for a mouth with  a little watered down black food colour.

Step 14

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