Polar Bear Cupcakes

These Polar Bear cupcakes are simple adorable! One of the best things about the holidays is baking with the family! Gather the kids and whip up a batch of these decadent tasting, irresistibly cute, easy to make Christmas Cupcakes. 

polar bear cupcake on a red and white striped platter

Whether you’re making them for a winter birthday celebration or a seasonal sweet tray, these cute-as-a-button bears will steal the show.

The majority of the ingredients can be found in most pantries. With the addition of a few, readily available, decorating items your family will enjoy making these Polar Bear Cupcakes as much as eating them.

overhead shot of polar bear christmas cupcakes with white chocolate pretzels

What are Polar Bear Cupcakes?

Polar Bear Cupcakes are homemade, rich and delicious cupcakes, decorated to resemble the unmistakable, cuteness of the snow-white polar bear.

Decorating cupcakes for special occasions and for family fun activities has become popular in many households. These adorable Polar Bear Cupcakes are a beautiful, snow-white adaptation, simple enough, that with a little help, even your little ones can create these beautiful bears with ease.

cute polar bear cupcake for christmas on a white background

How Do I Store Polar Bear Cupcakes?

Should you happen to have any cupcakes left over, place them in an airtight container and store them on the counter. Cupcakes will maintain their freshness for 3-4 days, although it’s not likely that these guys will be around for that long.

Can I Freeze these Adorable Christmas Cupcakes?

To freeze your cupcakes, simply transfer them to a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes. Remove them from the freezer and wrap each one individually to help maintain their freshness and preserve their faces.

Return them to the freezer in an airtight, crush-proof container. They will freeze beautifully for about 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy them again, unwrap each cupcake as soon as you remove it from the freezer and let them thaw to room temperature.

polar bear cupcake and christmas paw print cupcake on a white background

What Else Can I Make with this Polar Bear Cupcake Recipe?

One of the best things about this recipe is the delicious homemade cupcake itself. Keep some undecorated cupcakes in the freezer to pull out for a last-minute dessert or celebration, or a school lunch treat.

Anytime is a perfect time for a cupcake! Let the kids get creative and see what other adorable animal faces they can come up with on a rainy Saturday or add a simple store-bought frosting for a quick and easy dessert.

When in doubt; however, you can always make these delicious Instant Pot Hot Cocoa Bombs! Just be sure to add in some extra mini marshmallows on top!

Tips for Making these Easy Christmas Cupcakes

  • Raffaello Almond Coconut Treats are readily available at local Walmart stores and make perfect, tasty snouts for your Polar Bear faces
  • Take your time with creaming the butter and sugar. This step helps to ensure light and fluffy cupcakes because it incorporates air into the batter and also ensures that the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Don’t skimp on the eggs. Using 3 large eggs helps the structure of your cupcakes and adds incredible moistness.
  • For the cupcake wrappers, you can definitely purchase your favorite Cupcake holders. I like using the metal shiny ones because it feels like glitter on top of snow!


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  • When a recipe calls for more than 2 eggs (like this one), fill the cupcake tins ½ way to prevent them from rising over the top.
  • Use a portion scoop to fill your tins equally. Your final product will look great with these equally sized cupcakes, especially if you use them on a holiday platter.
  • If you don’t have enough batter to completely fill all the cavities of your muffin tins, half fill the empty ones with water prior to placing them in the oven. This will help with more even baking.


  • If you can’t find black icing in a tube, make a little of your own by coloring a small bit of your white frosting with black food coloring.
  • Chocolate faces turn Polar Bears into Brown Bears with ease. Get really creative and mix a little of each for some adorable Pandas.
  • Forgot about the kids bake sale in the morning? Whip up a batch of cupcakes from a box and use this recipe to create the irresistible Polar Bear Cupcake faces in about an hour’s time.
easy diy christmas cupcake on a christmas plate

More Yummy Dessert Recipes You’ll Enjoy

If you like this delicious Polar Bear Cupcake recipe, you’ll want to try some of our other holiday ideas! Try any from the list below.

Triple Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
Gingerbread Loaf Recipe
Nutter Butter Acorns
Easy Pumpkin Desserts
Sweet Potato Pie Bars

Yield: 12-14

Polar Bear Cupcakes

Polar Bear Cupcakes

These from-scratch, adorable Polar Bear Cupcakes are so yummy! With the cutest faces that are incredibly easy, even the littlest kids in the family can help!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


For Cupcake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of whole milk
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes

For Topping

  • White frosting of choice
  • White chocolate pretzels
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • Box of Junior Mints (3.5 oz box)
  • Box of Raffaello Almond Coconut Treats (5.3 oz box)
  • Black icing from a tube


  1. Preheat your oven to 325F. Using cupcake liners, line a muffin pan.
  2. Using a stand mixer or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer, whisk your sugar and butter together for around five minutes. The mixture is ready when it’s a pale yellow and fluffy.
  3. While still whisking the butter and sugar mixture, add in vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, add the salt, flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Combine well with a whisk.
  5. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture and the milk to the sugar and butter mixture. Add flour then milk in small portions and repeat until they're fully incorporated. Fold in the shredded coconut.
  6. Using a small measuring cup, begin to pour the batter into the prepared cupcake liners. Fill 1/2 of the way to allow room for the cupcakes to rise.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes at 325F. Tops should be golden brown, and a toothpick should come out no more than slightly moist.
  8. Cool completely (30-45 minutes) before frosting.
  9. To assemble the polar bear, frost the cupcakes and then sprinkle with coconut. Add the Raffaelo coconut ball for the polar bear’s head. Use Junior Mints for paws and black icing to draw the claws, draw the mouth, and dot the eyes.

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