Bears in Tea Cups and Puppy Love

Happy Friday! I like to end Friday with something different, like tons of cuteness or a giveaway (latest giveaway can be found here). A few months ago I came across this image of bear in cups. Bear in cups. So simple. Yet so freaking adorable. Ever since, I’ve been trying to recreate it but without much success.

Finally I had some decent success recently that I thought I’d share. Not nearly as cute as the original image, but pretty cute if you haven’t seen the original image. I don’t know the technique for making the original ones I saw, but they are all perfectly shaped. So maybe they were done by a professional bakery?

I tried baking the bread balls in the cups before and that led to them being oddly shaped when the bread rose in the oven. This time I shaped round bread balls and baked them separately. While I tried to make the balls all the same size, they didn’t end up being completely the same. Also the balls were not perfectly round either.

I ended up baking the balls on a baking sheet, making them the approximate size of what I wanted. Then I searched for tea cups that would fit them perfectly. Luckily I have a few different sizes. This is probably as good as my version is going to get. I had fun staring at them.

I didn’t take any pictures of my technique because I didn’t know if it would work. Details of my technique are at the end of this post.

While we’re on the subject of cuteness, I thought I’d share some recent pictures I took of the dogs in my life.

Here is Zephy, my brother’s girlfriend’s dog, that spends a lot of time at my place. One of his favorite things is to perch on the very narrow space on the top of the couch. I’m always afraid he will fall. I’ve explained in previous posts that Zephy always has one ear permanently perked up, making him always look so curious.

On a recent trip home, my dog Mochi sat still long enough for me to take pictures of her.

She normally doesn’t like pictures, so this was a rare lazy morning where she allowed multiple pictures. I love how these pictures came out.

You can still enter my latest giveaway here!

Bear in Tea Cups


Your choice of bread recipe. You can use almost any yeast bread recipe to make these. I used the hokkaido recipe since I had too much dough to fit into one loaf.


1. After first proofing of dough, take chunks of dough about 1 inch in diameter and roll to form round balls. Take smaller chunks to add two ears to each bear. Make sure to smooth the doughs for ears firmly into the larger face ball or else the smaller chunks may fall off when rising or baking.
2. Let dough sit for second proofing so that they rise almost double in size. Place bear heads onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. For my recipe, it required baking at 350F. I baked these until golden, about 15 minutes.
3. After bread has cooled, place them in tea cups. Use a edible decorating pen to draw eyes and nose on bear faces.

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