Winter Wonderland: Penguin, Polar Bear and Mr. Moose

All week I’ve been sharing the Winter Wonderland on Gum Drop Mountain that I created. It’s really tons of fun, and I hope you have been enjoying it.

Yesterday I shared with you how to make the Sweet Skier and Snowman Cupcakes and today we are talking about the animals…Penguin, Polar Bear and Mr. Moose.

Winter Wonderland: Penguin
Create a Penguin Cupcake for your Winter Wonderland - recipe from
  • Large and Small White Gumdrops
  • Toothpicks
  • Orange TicTacs
  • Small Oreo cookies
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Orange Jelly Beans {I used Jelly Bellys}
  1. Cut the Jelly Bean in half, lengthwise, and push a toothpick {broken in half} into each Jelly Bean
  2. Using a serrated knife, cut the Oreo {just one side} in half for the wings, attach them to the gum drop with Royal Icing or stiff Buttercream frosting
  3. Push the body onto the toothpick legs
  4. Create the head with a small gumdrop, make a hole with a toothpick for the eyes, then push a mini chocolate chip, pointed side in. Attach an orange tictac with frosting for the beak
  5. Add the head to the body with a toothpick
For the cupcakes…
  1. Fit a decorator bag with a Giant Round Tip and fill with Buttercream Frosting.
  2. Pipe on the frosting in circles, making it look like snow.
  3. Add some Pearl Glitter Crystals to add some sparkle to the snow.

Winter Wonderland: Polar Bear
Create a Polar Bear Cupcake for your Winter Wonderland - recipe from
  • VERY stiff Black frosting or Royal Icing
  • Large and Small Marshmallows
  • Small White Gumdrops
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  1. Cut the small white gumdrop at about ⅓. Using the more rounded end for the front paws and the other end for the back paws. Using a decorator bag fitted with a #3 round tip and filled with Black Royal Icing or very stiff Buttercream frosting, pipe on the claws and pads on the paws. For the snout…make a hole with a toothpick and push the mini chocolate chip in pointed side in. With a small amount of frosting, attach the chocolate sprinkles for the mouth.
  2. Make a hole with a toothpick for the eyes and push the mini chocolate chip in pointed side in. Add the snout to a large marshmallow using a small amount of frosting. Then add the small marshmallows for the ears.
  3. Add the head to the body using a toothpick, then add the paws with a little frosting.

Winter Wonderland: Mr. Moose
Create a Reindeer for your Winter Wonderland - recipe from
  • Circus Peanuts {I found them at Walmart in the candy aisle}
  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies
  • Toothpicks
  • Caramels
  • Brown M&M’s
  • Pretzels
  1. Attach 2 chocolate wafers together with frosting. Cut Circus Peanuts in half and poke a toothpick into each.
  2. Push the legs into the body
  3. Soften caramels in the microwave for 2-3 seconds {Be careful they can get hot} and gently mold the snout and head. Break a piece of toothpick and attach them together
  4. Add a M&M for the nose, and using LOTS of patience, break pretzels to form antlers and push them into the head while the caramel is still soft
  5. Add the head to the body with a little frosting and add a piece of pretzel for the tail.

And now for Mr. Moose…he actually didn’t go on top of a cupcake, I just stood him up in the Winter Wonderland.

Back in December, after I shared the Reindeer Cupcakes, I had lots of questions about breaking the pretzels. I really don’t have any good tricks for it, just LOTS of patience. I tried at least 10 or 15 times before I got a couple that I liked.

I loved creating the animals! I think you could use them for many different projects too.

Did you miss the Sweet Skier and Snowman Cupcakes?

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  1. Linderhof says:

    Those are so cute — they are darling!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    They just got cuter and cuter and cuter. What fun and simple characters you created to top the cakes. I love how you displayed them all in a winter wonderland too. I haven’t made cupcakes in forever. I need to make some and these are just so adorable.
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  3. Shelia says:

    Oh, these are adorable! You’re so creative making all these little creatures! And the decorating is perfect!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)
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  4. These are so cute, I don’t which one I like the best. Nice job!
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  5. careyann says:

    I love your blog. What a great idea of this winter scene. Perfect for after Christmas winter scene. So glad you shared the how to, because I would love to do this for my kids. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  6. michelle says:

    wow!!! i love the polar bear!! :)
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  7. Lisa says:

    You are amazing! Every single one of those treats is so cute and you make it look so easy. I think that moose is my very favorite. I’m starting a new linky on my blog called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to come by this weekend and link this up.

  8. Oh, my goodness! How very, very creative, and so much fun! Your creatures are simply adorable. Totally brought a smile to my face.
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  9. My goodness Liz- these are so adorable! The moose is my favorite. Thanks for sharing, Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ Stephanie lynn
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  10. Liz, these are absolutely adorable! I’ll be heading to Blissdom this week. Can’t wait to finally “meet” you! :)
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  11. So creative! Love it. Thanks for linking up.

  12. Katherine marie says:

    Absolutely sensationally ADORABLE

  13. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the tutorial… I am loving everything about this… so cute!

  14. Pat says:

    They are all so very cute! Pat
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  15. Lindsi B says:

    This is fabulous! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?
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