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Bears in Tea Cups and Puppy Love

photo of three Bears in Tea Cups
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.

overhead photo of six Bears in Tea Cups

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?
photo of two Bears in Tea Cups
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 teacups 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.
photo of a small white dog sitting on the back of a couchphoto of small white dog
On a recent trip home, my dog Mochi sat still long enough for me to take pictures of her.
photo of a small black and white dogphoto of small black and white dog curled up on a blanket
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.
Bears in Tea Cups
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Bear in Tea Cups

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
These adorable bread bears in teacups are a fun way to serve bread for a special occasion dinner.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 350°F. I baked these until golden, about 15 minutes.
  • After bread has cooled, place them in teacups. Use an edible decorating pen to draw eyes and nose on bear faces.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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22 comments on “Bears in Tea Cups and Puppy Love”

  1. I found this recipe for sale on and reported the seller and here is what I was told:

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    • Thanks for letting me know. Unfortunately, it’s not clear which recipe they are selling. I imagine based on the photo they might be selling the original Japanese recipe.

  2. gosh, how did i miss this post???? So cute! I love those bears in cups!!!!!!

    Your dog mochi is also adorable and so is Zephyr (love the perked up ear!)!

  3. I think the original recipe comes from a Japanese blog, I spent some time translating it a while ago. This is the original post with step by step photos, tell me if you want it translated (I mainly used google translate, to be honest :D)
    Yours look pretty darn good, very much like the originals!

    • Thank you so much for providing this link! If you could translate that would be great though I can try google translate too. The pictures are really helpful. I saw the picture and I searched for the post. I saw a few sources for the picture, but I never came across this site with the step-by-step. Perhaps the recipe they used also makes a difference. Thanks so much for your help!

  4. I love the photo too! You did a great job!!

  5. How cute are these?! You could also write names on their bellies and use them as place”cards”.

  6. Everything in this post is unreasonably cute! And I just saw your turtle breads, I think I’m going to explode with cuteness.

  7. Such a cute post, teddy bear rolls and puppies!

  8. 1) Those are the cutest breads-in-cups EVER.
    2) That white doggy is precious.
    3) I already knew I liked you, but then I saw that you named your dog Mochi, and now I know I <3 you…I have a cat named Mochi!

    • Hi Tina- OMG! That is just one of many similarities we have!! I was actually showing your blog to FH the other day and saying how similar we are. He was sad that the sci fi aspect of you wasn’t true for me since he loves sci fi shows.

  9. Omg the dogs are SO cute! I LOVE how zephy’s ear is always up, and that it’s the size of his head! 🙂

    • Haha, yeah it’s funny. His tail his really long too, like the length of his body. It’s big and fluffy but I’m always afraid of stepping on it.

  10. These are sooooo cute! (insert high-pitched squeal) I also like your blue print teacups. I wondered how the cups would hold up in the oven, then I read the rest of your post. I may need to do something bear-related at the end of the month, so this is a great idea.

    • Well the cups actually do hold up well in the oven. In my first attempt, I did it that way and was a little afraid they wouldn’t. But yeah, the problem was that the bread took the form of the cup so it ended up having a weird shape instead of a perfectly round face.

  11. OMG that’s a boatload of cuteness! I love how the little bears turned out. I could use Zephy and Mochi as snuggies this morning.

    • Heehee. Mochi loves snuggling. Her favorite thing to do is to jump into someone’s bed in the morning and she likes to lay in people’s laps. Zephy is still super super active. He never sits still. Sometimes I just want to snuggle with him and he will just jump up and get a toy and want to play non-stop.

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