When Colin and I visited Japan this summer, I was so inspired by the darling treats filling the little bakeries and bake stands and wanted to create my own happy little versions when I came home. Cute donut creations have been on my mind for Valentines day so this was the great time to create some of my own Japanese inspired little treats, perfect for sharing on Valentines day. Better yet, the supplies are all readily available, mostly at the supermarket. Today I introduce the Happy Mama Bear who has beary much love to give.
The supplies are really straight-forward:
- Mini Chocolate-Covered Donuts
- Teddy Grahams
- Stiff Royal Icing (tinted soft pink and dark brown)
To prepare the donuts, first you’ll need to make the Stiff Royal Icing then tint one half of it soft pink and one half dark brown. Place each color in a piping bag. You’ll need a #2 tip on the soft pink piping bag and both a #2 tip and a #5 tip for the dark brown piping bag.
- Step 1: You’re going to create an assembly line to assemble the donuts. Start by laying out all the donuts you are going to make. Next, one by one, using the dark brown icing with the #5 tip, pipe in a little bit of icing into the center of the donut and then place a teddy graham snuggly into place. (See step 1. in image below). Make sure to go one by one with each donut with the icing and then teddy graham. (Don’t do all the icing first and then place the teddy grahams because the frosting will harden too quickly).
- Step 2: Using the dark brown icing with the #5 tip, pipe on little paws on either side of the teddy graham as seen in step 2. in the image below. If the icing has a pointy tip, dab your fingertip in a tiny bit of water and gently press down on the paw to smooth it out.
- Step 3: Using the same icing and tip, pipe on the ears, using the same water dabbing trick described above if the ears need to be smoothed out.
- Step 4: Using the soft pink icing and the #2 tip, pipe on the eyes, nose, and paw pads as seen in step 4. in the image below. Use the water dabbing trick described above if the piping needs to be smoothed out.
- Step 5: Using the dark brown icing and the #2 tip, pipe on the eyeballs and little nose tip. Use the water dabbing trick described above if the piping needs to be smoothed out.
- Allow to dry before gifting.
- Note: If you don’t do a lot of piping, you might need a little bit practice before beginning. Take your time, hold your hands steady, and you’ll get the hang of it.
For Valentines giving, package individually in clear cellophane bags tied off with a cute ribbon, place on a tray for an after dinner family dessert surprise, or place a few in tiny gift bags and label with love.
Why use Royal Icing?
Royal icing hardens quickly and won’t smudge once dried, making it ideal for detailed icing and treats that are going to be handled or packaged.
Does Royal Icing need to be made with egg white powder?
No, you can use raw egg whites if you’re comfortable consuming raw eggs. You can find a recipe for Royal Icing using raw egg whites here.
Why does the recipe call for Stiff Royal Icing?
Stiff Royal Icing holds its shape when piped and won’t run, which makes it ideal for piping details that need to stay in place and harden once dried.
Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.