Bear Cupcakes – with Royal Icing Transfers


Are you ready for some cuteness? I sure hope so because ready or not here it is! Look at these super cute bear cupcakes that are made with royal icing transfers. I thought they would be cute when I planned the idea but, they turned out better than I expected. Maybe it is because I love bears so much. Maybe it is because I am excited that Template Tuesdays are back. Maybe it is because cupcakes are faster to make than cookies. Or maybe it is because you can make the royal icing transfers ahead of time time and have fun decorating these cute bear cupcakes with the kiddos.

Bear Cupcakes with Royal Icing Transfers for Quick Easy Decorating via www.thebearfootbaker.comWhatever the reason, I like them. Seriously, cupcakes don’t get any simpler than this. You squeeze a little icing, drop on a few pre-made transfers, add some candy eyes and you have yourself some really fun bear cupcakes.

As you know I am crazy about bears. I love them. Even when a live one is looking at me through my kitchen window after a long day of baking cookies. Yes that really happened this summer and I will tell you more about it later but for now, let’s make some bear cupcakes.

Supplies for Bear Cupcakes:

For the Bear Cupcakes:
Brown or Chocolate Frosting
Bear Transfers
Piping Bag
Decorating Tip #233

For the Bear Face
Royal Icing
Tan Icing in a piping bag fitted with a #2 decorating tip.
Brown Icing in a piping bag fitted with a #2 decorating tip.
Black Icing in a piping bag fitted with a #2 decorating tip or  Royal Icing Transfers Noses.
Wax Paper
Royal Icing Eyes

Easy Bear Cupcakes with www.thebearfootbaker.comBegin by printing off the bear template. This template is a little different then the one’s I have made in the past. The pattern isn’t perfect but it works. Here, I will show you what I am talking about.

Cute Bear Cupcakes with thebearfootbaker.comThe ears on the template should have been full circles but I made a boo boo. I don’t think it is bad enough to re-make them though. All you need to do is pipe the brown icing ears and pipe a circle.

Cute Bear Cupcakes thebearfootbaker.comGive the circle a bit of a base. The reason the half circles didn’t work is because it didn’t leave much room to place them on the cupcakes. If you make a circle it will work perfectly. They don’t have to be perfect because they will be stuck into the icing on the cupcake.

Easy Bear Cupcakes via thebearfootbaker.comBefore the brown ear dries, add some tan icing in the for the inner ear.Easy Bear Cupcakes via www.thebearfootbaker.comLet me say it one more time, “Thank you Heather!” Heather from Sugar Nosh Treats mailed me some turkey lacers to use in place of toothpicks. They are great for knocking down those pesky little peaks in the icing. It is by far one of my favorite tools ever!

Easy Bear Cupcakes by www.thebearfootbaker.comRepeat for the second ear.Easy Bear Cupcakes with thebearfootbaker.comWith the tan icing, pipe the muzzle. Easy Bear Cupcakes thebearfootbaker.comWhile it is wet, add the royal transfer nose or, pipe a black nose once the tan icing has dried.

Easy Bear Cupcakes with Royal Icing Transfers with thebearfootbaker.comIf you drop the nose on and it doesn’t land exactly where you wanted it, you can gently move it with the turkey lacer or a tooth pick.Simple Bear Cupcakes thebearfootbaker.comAh, that is better. Now let them dry completely. It may take a few days so be patient. Cute Bear Cupcakes via thebearfootbaker.comYou don’t have to make all the noses the same. It think it gives them an individula personality when they are a little different.
Simple Bear Cupcakes www.thebearfootbaker.comAfter your transfers have dried you can make your cupcakes and icing and begin to decorate. To make the cupcakes look furry, use the Wilton tip #233.

Simple Bear Cupcakes via thebearfootbaker.comHold the piping bag at a 90º angle and squeeze the bag until the icing comes out. As you stop applying pressure, give a quick little jerk to make the fur. It is like a squeeze and lift motion. I usually say squeeze and lift, squeeze and lift, squeeze and lift the entire time I make the fur.

Simple Bear Cupcakes via www.thebearfootbaker.comOnce the bear cupcake is covered, apply the nose.Simple Bear Cupcakes by www.thebearfootbaker.comNext, add the eyes.Simple Bear Cupcakes with with thebearfootbaker.comThen, add the ears.

Simple Bear Cupcakes with www.thebearfootbaker.comBefore you know it, these cute little guys will be looking at you. They look kind of confused don’t they? Or is this the first time they have been worried about us eating them instead of them eating us? I guess we will never know.

I told you I would tell you about the bear that was looking at me through my kitchen window so here goes. I decided to bake a large amount of cookies to decorate for the blog since summer camp was keeping me busier than I expected. I wanted to make things easy and I thought by baking 10 posts worth of cookies was a brilliant idea. So I planned the posts, grabbed the cutters and got to work. I noticed something moving outside. In the corner of the yard, I saw a bear starring at me. I opened the door and banged a pot with a metal spoon and scared it away.

I finished baking and made a batch of icing as I was excited to start decorating. As I sat down at the table and picked up a decorating bag, I heard the garbage can being knocked over. I stood up to see what was happening and a bear walked by the window. It was almost rubbing it’s side on the house. Then, all I saw was a nose up in the air sniffing like a dog would do as if it was trying to catch the scent of something. Then, it happened. It stood up on it’s hind legs and was looking into my kitchen. I was face to face with a big black bear and I froze. Thank goodness I was inside and it was outside. I was only frozen for a second until it occurred to me to started jumping up and down making noise so it would go away. It didn’t. I grabbed the phone to call my husband at the office to come help me but there was no answer. I was on my own.

I decided to get the pot and spoon to bang again. I grabbed it and the bear stared walking away. Thank goodness. He was leaving without inviting himself to have a few cookies in my kitchen. I didn’t want him to come back so as he walked away, I opened the door and clapped and screamed and he ran away.

Maybe next he comes over I will set up a picnic in the back yard and serve him some bear cookies and these bear cupcakes. Boy , I sure must be lonely in these here woods if I am planning a picnic with a bear.

Bear hugs,



  1. These are adorable! I am going to have to make these sometime. Are bears from your kitchen window a regular occurrence? I don’t even have a window in my kitchen. :/

    • Hi Sarah,

      I have my tool belt on and a drill in my hand. Where do you live ’cause I am going to install a window in your kitchen! LOL

      The bears started showing up about a year or so ago. We had an outside dog and it passed away from old age. Once he was gone, the bears seem to get closer to the house. This is the first one that actually scared me. There wasn’t any food outside because the trash can was empty but, it was still looking for something to eat. I know it smelled the cookies I had been baking. If the bears see you or if you make noise, they usually run away.

      Look at the picture of this bear. He came pretty close to the house but was afraid of us Since we live at a camp that has children here most of the time, we called the TWRA and they capture bears that get close or don’t seem scared of humans and they relocated them. The guy I saw the other night is about to make the “please move this bear far away from here” list. If we have to relocate him, I will take lots of pictures for you. It is a neat process.

      PS-I asked my sweet hubby for a puppy for Christmas and he said yes! I think the barking dog will help keep the bears away from my window even if they do smell cookies.

  2. LOL. Condo living and previous apt living means I’ve never had a window in my kitchen. It’s a must have for my future house…that I day dream about. :)

    Wow! I am not sure I could handle the bears. I think they would always scare me. I wouldn’t describe George as ‘little’. Also, LOVE the polar bear cookies! :)

  3. It’s good to be back, Lisa even if only as a reader and not yet a blogger. Soon, I hope! Until then, I’m happy to enjoy all your cute posts! I’ve been really into cupcakes and cakes lately and these are just so cute! Love a fast and easy design that turns out so sweetly :)

  4. These are just the cutest cupcakes ever!! So glad you were inside when your real bear friend stopped by!!

    • Thanks Glory.
      You have seen a bear in action here! They can get really creative when they want food. I wish this one would have stayed close to the dining hall dumpster! 😉

  5. sue griffore says:

    Would love to make the bears! I have never made royal icing. I do not have a stand mixer either. Do you have suggestions on making with a hand held mixer? Are there secrets to the royal icing? It is warm and humid where I live. So many times I will spend time and money on cupcakes and decorating. If I put the “accessories” on the night before, the frosting makes everything soft. Made beautiful bunny faces — with fondant ears at the top of the cupcake — by morning they had folded down — at least then I had pigs!! Will the royal icing soften/melt into the fur?? I really would appreciate any thoughts you have…….sue

    • Hi Sue,
      I have a tutorial and video for How to Make Royal Icing with a hand mixer and here is the link: Royal icing is a bit difficult to make until you get the hang of it. Humidity does affect the icing and will cause the colors to bleed (run together). That is one reason I use royal icing transfers. You can make them ahead of time and let them dry for several days before you add them to cookies or cupcakes.

      I usually don’t add the transfers (eyes, ears and nose in this case) until minutes before the event so it will reduce the chance of the cupcake icing making them soft. I have done it a day in advance and didn’t have any issues but, I like living a little on the safe side so I wait.

      If you want to make the ears, snout and nose out of buttercream you can. Use the template and pipe it on the wax paper, freeze it and add it to the cupcakes. Let me know if you need help.

  6. Omg! That was so close, I’m glad you’re okay. Btw, the cupcakes are amazing <3 so cute!! You did a fantastic job.

  7. These are adorable! Love the easy to follow steps in making the transfers. Umm..bears are really cute, but you might want to rethink the whole picnic thing. 😉

  8. Wow, how scary that must have been, I really don’t know what I would have done, yes, it really does put a new meaning to the Teddy Bear Picnic! However, if I were a bear and I smelled your cookies, I would have come on over too – and those cupcakes? Wait until he knows you’re baking cupcakes too…you better keep your doors and windows locked!

  9. Really adorable! I have never tried this technique, you explained and showed it so well. I will try it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. First of all you are amazing! Always adorable cookie ideas and this cupcake is adorable. Glad the bear didn’t steal them away. I have a question when adding royal icing transfers onto buttercream. Should you only add the transfers the day you plan to serve (as opposed to the night before)? I’m good with royal icing, but not as good with decorating buttercream cakes. I would love to use RI transfers, but I’ve been told they will bleed and get ruined by the buttercream. Thanks for any input. BTW, I preordered your book. CONGRATS!!!!

    • Hi Janis,
      Thank you so much! :)

      I add my RI Transfer to the cupcakes just before the event that way they are fresh and look good. Depending on what type of icing you use, it can melt your transfers. For best restults add them at the last minute.

  11. Hello Lisa:

    I am really interested in the ‘long necked” reindeer cutter. Where can I find one? Looking forward to your response. slp

    • What “long necked” reindeer are you referring to? If you tell me the link or the title of the tutorial, I will be able to help. :)

  12. thank you so much for this tutorial. I made these for my daughter’s camping themed party and they turned out amazing. She was thrilled and so were all her friends!

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