Pudsey Bear cupcakes easy recipe

pudsey bear children in needPudsey is an enormous hit with my girls, luckily my raffle ticket got pulled out at an event last year and we came home with the gorgeous Pudsey bear you see here. A favourite pastime of the girls is serving tea and cakes to their growing collection of softies and now Pudsey can take pole position as his month is almost upon us

Pudsey Bear cupcakes

An easy recipe that takes 20 minutes to prepare and a further 25 minutes to bake. Children can help too.

225 g unsalted butter
225 g golden caster sugar
4 eggs
225 g self raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the decoration
500 g icing sugar
160 g unsalted butter
50 ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
yellow food colour
coloured choco beans
black writing icing

Watch out for Allinson’s self-raising flour showing the cuddly bear on the front as for every bag sold a donation is made to Pudsey’s Children in Need fund.

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How to make Pudsey Bear Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 160 degrees C fan/ Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffins cases.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating until mixed. Gently fold in the flour.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the cases until half full.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown or a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack.
  6. For the frosting use an electric whisk to mix together the butter and icing sugar then add the milk and vanilla essence and whisk until light and fluffy, then add a few drops of yellow food colouring to achieve a bright yellow frosting.
  7. Using a palette knife, smooth some frosting onto the top of the cupcakes, places some choco beans on the top left side of the cupcake for Pudsey’s patch, then use the black writing to draw in his eye, nose and mouth.
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The girls sat patiently waiting for their cakes to rise and be ready, in fact we dragged them away for a bath whilst they were waiting to cool!
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As you can see a lot of time and attention went into the decorating process
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Do allow us to show off our handy work :)
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And of course the best part – the eating! Both girls thought they were delicious.


  1. Domestic goddesque
    November 14, 2011 / 7:41 AM

    What a brilliant job you all did!!

  2. Alison Turnnidge
    November 14, 2011 / 11:50 AM

    Looks like the girls had fun making them and even more fun eating them :)

  3. November 16, 2012 / 7:47 PM

    This post is so so beautifully laid out – makes me want to take up baking again. I am terrified as I have not baked in YEARS – not fair on Aaron though as I know he would simply LOVE it xxx

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