Updated: Aug 28
This Panda Donut was also from nerdachecakes Pinterest link about the We Bare Bears cartoon, which I haven't seen yet, but looks cute.
I also made the Polar Bear one. (link)
I have actually made another panda donut. This one turned out better than the other one. Haha! :)
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.
I just used store-bought donuts. For a glaze, I used a thicker version of the easy non-Royal Icing icing I have made before.
The easy 3-ingredient non-Royal Icing icing post is here. I just added more powdered sugar in for higher ratio (vs. corn syrup and milk).
I colored some of the icing black with gel food coloring.
I was going to use the Tic Tacs (painted black) for ears, but I ended up not using them. I just painted on the ears.
I painted the whole donut white and then let that set & dry before painting the back of the donut black.
We are good at this. I think it turned out pretty well. You can definitely tell it's a panda. That is a big improvement compared to my other try at making panda donuts. Haha. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!