by Eco Kids Planet December 15, 2020

This vegan sponge recipe is the only one you will ever need – it’s fluffy and sweet. With fondant icing and delicious desiccated coconut, you can have fun transforming your creations into adorable polar bear cupcakes. The perfect Christmas treat! 

What you need:

 

  • 300ml unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 150g plant-based spread
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

For the topping:

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 500g white fondant icing
  • 50g black fondant icing
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • Blueberries

 

What to do:

 

Step 1:  Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/160°C (fan). Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 muffin cases. 

Step 2:  Mix the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the milk a little at a time, beating well between each addition.

Step 2

Step 3:  Fold in the vanilla extract, salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases. 

Step 3

Step 4:  Bake for 15-18 minutes until well risen and golden. Once cooked, take the cakes out of the tin (with care) and leave to cool completely before decorating.

Step 5:  Prepare your topping. Whisk the butter and sugar together in a mixer until pale. Add the icing sugar a spoonful at a time while whisking. Add the milk. 

Step 6:  Now to make the bear’s face. Roll out two thirds of the white fondant icing. Cut out 12 circles using a 7cm cutter. Pinch the edges of the icing in two places at the top to make the ears. Spread them over your cakes (dabbing the undersides with water to help them stick). Add a small round ball of white fondant icing to the nose area.

Step 6

Step 7:  Spread a little of the buttercream on the top of each cupcake. Coat them with desiccated coconut. Step 7

Step 8:  With the black fondant icing, roll out 12 balls for the noses and 24 small balls for the eyes. Help them stick by adding a dab of water to their undersides. Add a blueberry for the nose. All done. Tuck in! Creamy, mouthwatering polar bears to enjoy.

Final

[Top tip: For extra vitamins and juiciness, add chopped blueberries to your cupcake mixture!]


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


In other Eco Kids Planet News

Monthly competition: Marsupial Poems
Monthly competition: marsupial poems

by Elise Chalumeau January 07, 2021

In our ‘Marvellous Marsupials’ issue, we asked you to write a poem about your favourite marsupial. Thank you to everyone who sent us their poems. What a wonderful way to celebrate marsupials! Congratulations to our five winners! Ameya, age 12, Ottery St. Mary "The Devil in Disguise" _______________...

Elliot, age 8, Newark
Monthly competition: cave diorama

by Eco Kids Planet December 02, 2020

In our ‘Cave Creatures’ issue, we asked you to design a cave diorama. What fantastic entries you sent us! So many of you put an incredible effort into creating cave creatures and their dark and mysterious habitats. Congratulations to our four winners! Billy, age 7, Minety First we painted the insi...

SEVEN SENSATIONAL WALRUS FACTS
Seven sensational walrus facts

by Chloe Petrylak November 24, 2020

To mark this year’s World Walrus Day on 24 November, we’re getting up close and personal with these larger than life carnivorous mammals. 1) DON’T MESS WITH WALRUS Walruses can grow to lengths of over 3.5 metres and weigh up to 1,800 kilograms. Despite their size, they can move swiftly through the w...