You look for a super simple cake but very effective for an animal lover?
Well this cutie panda cake recipe could be the answer. With just two main colors and a cake box-shaped base, homemade cakes couldn't be easier to make. With so few decorations, it's also the perfect recipe for getting kids involved - unless it's a surprise!
You may not be able to organize a big birthday party right now, but you can still have a lot of fun at home with this cute panda theme.
Why not make bamboo shoots paper for the table, you could have fun with the jungle theme, or go monochrome with classic black and white. What would you say a panda pinata matching a panda birthday cake?
Below are some more panda birthday cake ideas, hopefully you won't feel "wrapped up" in what to do after you take a look ...
- For the preparation of the cake: 225g of butter, 225g of caster sugar, 225g of flour, 4 large eggs, the zest of ½ a lemon, 1 tsp. of vanilla extract and a little milk.
- For the buttercream frosting and panda bear dashes: 600g icing sugar, 300g unsalted butter, cocoa powder, purple food coloring (yes really!), White chocolate chips and 200g dark chocolate .
- Materials: 2 20x20cm cake molds, a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, a food processor or an electric whisk, a wire cooling grid, measuring spoons, baking paper and a pencil.
- Preheat your oven to 180 ° C / 160 ° C (fan / gas 4), then butter the two cake pans, for more non-stick power, give them a flour dust and remove the excess by tapping.
- Beat the butter and sugar until you get a pale and frothy mixture.
- Add the eggs to the cake mix one at a time and beat well.
- Then add the lemon zest, vanilla extract, flour and a little milk. Whisk the cake batter to gently combine the ingredients, but be careful not to over mix. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two boxes.
- Place the cake batter in the center of the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once out of the oven, let the cakes sit in their box for 10 minutes, then turn them over and let them finish cooling on the wire rack.
- Sift 600 g of icing sugar into the bowl and beat with 300 g of softened butter, mix until the mixture is smooth, then remove just enough for the center of the cake. Set aside the rest of the frosting.
- With the smallest amount of mixture, you can now add the flavor of your choice. We chose cocoa powder, but you can add lemon zest or vanilla extract, or just keep it plain, which is still quite tasty. Mix well until you obtain a smooth icing.
- Once the cakes have cooled, you can spread the icing on the base and spread them together.
- To prevent crumbs from mixing with the main frosting, you can first apply a "crumb layer", which is just an extra thin layer of buttercream.
- Take the rest of the buttercream, you can either add white food coloring, or amazingly add a tiny dot of purple or purple food coloring, which will neutralize the cream color of the natural buttercream and will make it white! Add vanilla essence to turn it into vanilla frosting.
- Cover the whole cake with the white vanilla frosting to start creating your panda using a spatula or palette knife, it looks best if you are not too groomed!
- For the characteristics of the panda, take your parchment paper and place it on a baking sheet. Draw two round ears, two oval shapes for the outside of the eyes, and an inverted triangle for the nose.
- Melt your dark chocolate. Then you can use a pastry bag or a spoon to fill the shapes you have drawn with melted chocolate. You can also apply the shape of the panda's mouth to the paper using a pipe or mesh. Place the tray in the refrigerator to set the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate has completely set, arrange the pieces on the cake by fitting them into the icing, take your chocolate buttons and place them on the dark chocolate spots to create the eyes, and voila! A delicious and easy to prepare panda cake.
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To make this recipe dairy free to account for allergies, or to be vegan, just change a few ingredients. Coconut oil, vegetable oil, and mashed bananas can substitute for butter, or there are vegan spreads. Oatmeal or rice milk can replace cow's milk.
To replace the egg, you can make a "flax egg" or a "chia egg", they have the same texture and it is very difficult to notice the difference after the cake is baked.
If you are not a fan of dark chocolate, you can use black buttercream, and use extra sponge cake for the ears, or make cupcakes and use them. Oreo cookies are also great on the ears.
Instead of a single cake, you can make panda cupcakes as a "split cake". Make simple cupcakes, arrange them in the same shape and frost them with buttercream as if it were one cake - instead of slicing them, just separate them into having a cupcake!
To add texture to the panda's fur, you can sprinkle dried coconut over the white buttercream.
If you don't want the frosting, use a sieve to sprinkle the icing sugar on the cake before adding the dashes.
This panda bear cake will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, or on the side for 1 to 2 days. If you want to bake the cake ahead of time, you can freeze the sponge cake layers, but save the frosting and decoration for the day itself.