Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes

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This is reason number 1,221 to find your local Girl Scout and grab some Thin Mint cookies! Don’t worry — Miss Sarah can hook you up if need be, LOL. That is the “secret ingredient” to my Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes. It’s almost cookie time and these help take the bite out of the Wisconsin Winter Chill.

Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes

Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes?

We absolutely love polar bears. While the arctic ice is vanishing and they are having a tough time, it is still great to be able to watch them at the local zoo. Just check out this video of them playing!

Quick Polar Bear Facts to Share with the Kids!

  • Polar bears live in the Arctic.
  • Polar bears have black skin and although their fur appears white, it is actually transparent.
  • It is the largest carnivore (meat eater) that lives on land.
  • Polar bears use sea ice as a platform to hunt seals.
  • Seals make up most of a polar bears diet.
  • Male polar bears can weigh up to 680 kg (1500 lb).
  • Female polar bears usually only weigh about half as much as males.
  • Polar bears spend most of their time at sea.
  • Scientists estimate that there are around 20000 polar bears.
  • Polar bears have 42 teeth.
  • The scientific name for the polar bear is ‘ursus maritimus’.
  • Polar bears keep warm thanks to nearly 10 cm of blubber under the skin.
  • Polar bears have an excellent sense of smell, with the ability to detect seals nearly a mile away (1.6 km).
  • Polar bears can reach speeds up to 40 kph (25 mph) on land and 10 kph (6 mph) in water.
  • The polar bear was the mascot for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

This Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes recipe makes 12 cupcakes

You will need:

1/2 C sugar
1/4 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 plus 1/8 tsp salt
1/4 C heavy cream
1/4 C sour cream

Toppings for cupcakes
1/2 C melted butter
1 C sugar
1/2 C crushed candy canes

Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners
  • In a standing mixer beat sugar and butter until creamed
  • Add egg and mix until fully incorporated
  • Beat in vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, baking powder.
  • Combine the heavy cream into the wet mixture
  • Add in flour, a little at a time.
  • Add in the sour cream
  • Mix in the candy canes
  • Spoon batter about 1/2 full.
  • Bake in oven for about 22 minutes or until the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a toothpick.

Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes Frosting ingredients

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
3 C powder sugar
5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
3 C shredded coconut
12 Grasshopper cookies from Keebler
36 brown M&M’s

Frosting Directions:
Combine all ingredients, (except cookies), shredded coconut, and M&M’s into a standing mixer and mix on low speed until combined and stiff peaks form.
Pour coconut into a bowl and set aside.
Using a butterknife, frost the cupcakes and set aside.
Dip cupcakes into shredded coconut.
Place a cookie onto the lower part of the cupcake.
Place 3 M&M’s for the toes of the cupcakes.

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