Easy Polar Bear Cupcakes


An easy-to-decorate, and festive cupcake that's great for any occasion! You can use any cupcake recipe you wish (I've used both the Cranberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting—minus the white chocolate frosting—and Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes from Allrecipes with great results). Simply whip up some cream cheese frosting, add some coconut and decorations—and you've got adorable, tasty treats bound to make anyone smile!

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs
18 cupcakes


  • 18 unfrosted cupcakes, cooled

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

  • 42 miniature marshmallows

  • 44 black sugar pearl sprinkles, or as needed


  1. Place butter in a large bowl and cream until smooth with an electric mixer. Add cream cheese and beat until thoroughly combined. Mix in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla and salt until thoroughly combined. Pour in heavy cream and beat until frosting is smooth, about 2 minutes.

  2. Take 1 baked and cooled cupcake and frost with cream cheese frosting, making as even a layer as possible. Sprinkle coconut over the top of the frosting, and shake off any excess.

  3. Take 1 mini marshmallow and cut it in half horizontally using scissors or kitchen shears. Place one half of the marshmallow cut-side down in the center of the top of the cupcake, and press gently into the frosting to adhere. Take 1 black sugar pearl sprinkle and attach to the middle of the marshmallow half using a small amount of frosting; thus creating the nose and muzzle. Take 2 black sugar pearl sprinkles and place above the nose on each side for the eyes. Press gently into frosting to adhere. Take 2 whole mini marshmallows and place at the top of the cupcake on each side to create ears. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use mini chocolate chips in place of black sugar pearl sprinkles, if desired.

The frosting makes enough to frost 18-24 cupcakes, depending on how heavily you frost them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
19g Fat
42g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 65mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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