Eventually I will make this whole cute cake from this Yummy Cookies video, but I just started with one fondant panda. :)
I was inspired by Panda Day! See info about Panda Day & pandas at the bottom.
I used the marshmallow fondant recipe that I have used before (link). I died some black with gel food coloring.
I just made a little ball of white fondant and added some of the ears, face, and limbs in with black fondant.
RESULT: Success / Fail.
We are good at this. / We are good at this? I think he turned out okay. I didn't get quite the right texture for the marshmallow fondant that I wanted. I also will be more careful about making sure it's a little cleaner; there's some black fondant specks taht got on the white fondant here I didn't want them to.
He's still cute.
Give it a try! We are good at this!
What is Panda Bear Day?
"Panda Day grew out of the recognized need to help protect these beautiful bears. Yes, that’s right, any rumors you’ve heard to the contrary about them not being bears is false, they are part of the Ursidae family, which places them solidly in the bear Kingdom. (Interestingly, they’re also part of the Carnivora Order, which means they share a lot in common with dogs, like all bears) Housed in zoos and conservatories all over the world, these big guys require conservation efforts to even have a chance at recovering from their current state."
"We are so thankful that someone chose to make today Giant Panda Day.
We believe that this should be an "International" day, due to the popularity of panda bears. But, no one has suggested it. There is some reference to this day as a National day. However, we found no U.S. presidential proclamation or congressional decree making this a true U.S. national day. And, we did not find any mention of this as a National Day in China. Our lack of knowledge of Mandarin, the official language of China, makes it impossible for us to research Chinese websites about the origin of Giant Panda Bear Day.
We also did not find the creator of this special event, or exactly when it was first celebrated. It appears to have been around prior to 2000."
Fun Facts about Pandas
- Baby pandas are born pink and measure about 15cm – that’s about the size of a pencil! They are also born blind and only open their eyes six to eight weeks after birth."
- A giant panda is much bigger than your teddy bear. An adult panda weight more than 45 kilos (100 pounds), and can be about 1.5 meters (5 feet) long!"
- Strange behavior! Pandas like to lick copper and iron.