ZANDA PANDA’s Puppy Mold Featured in DOG FANCY Magazine!

ZANDA PANDA’s Puppy Mold Featured
in DOG FANCY Magazine!

ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold Featured in Dog Fancy Magazine

ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold Featured in Dog Fancy Magazine!

We’re delighted that DOG FANCY Magazine picked our
Puppy Mold to feature in their ‘Fun Dog‘ section!

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The fun idea behind the Puppy Mold is that you can make
Cake, Cookies, Crafts
& More
that look like your favorite breed of dog or a ‘portrait’ of your family pet!

ZANDA PANDA’s Puppy Mold for Cake/Cookies/Chocolate/Crafts
(click the image above to learn how to make the beagle puppy cookie)


Here are some ideas to show you what you can do with your Puppy Mold:

Yellow Lab Cake • Chocolate LabDalmatian Cookie • Terrier Cookie • Poodle Cake

Recipes and directions for puppy-shaped:

•   Fudge
•   Brownies
•   Bread
•   Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie
•   Birthday cake for your dog (liver flavored)

More ideas:

•   No-Bake Backwards Cake™ Made by painting in chocolate or pressing edible clay or fondant into the mold to make a shell, then filling with your favorite ingredients, like cookie crumbs, fruits, syrups, ice cream or pound cake.

•  Make a crayon box or a box for your puppy’s favorite treats decorated with a polymer clay puppy.

•  Rainy day fun:  Kids can make salt dough or polymer clay puppies of different breeds, paint them and have a dog show!


For more information, please visit the PUPPY page on the website!

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Beagle Puppy Cookie – The cutest one yet!

How to make a Beagle Puppy Cookie

Cute Beagle Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Beagle Puppy Cookie

Edible…He’s Adorable…He’s Edidorable!!

I think this is the cutest one I’ve made with the Puppy Mold yet.  And it’s actually very easy to do, I’ll take you through step-by-step.

In addtion to the ingredients in the cookie dough recipe, you’ll need:

•  Cocoa powder
•  Red food coloring
•  ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

First you’ll need cookie dough, I recommend this recipe:

No-Spread Cookie Dough Recipe

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine/baking sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F /150 degrees C / Gas mark 2.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.  Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to butter mixture.  Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.  Chill for 1 to 2 hours.  Bake puppy cookies for 8-12 minutes depending on thickness.

You can make a lot of different breeds using this technique.

Mixing colors:

•  Mix a tiny bit of red food coloring into a small amount of dough about the size of a small grape. You’ll want a nice pink color.

•  Add about a teaspoon of cocoa powder into a small bowl.  Roll a golf ball-sized ball of cookie dough in the cocoa and mix until it’s a light brown.

•  Break off a small grape-sized piece of the light brown dough and roll it in the cocoa again, mixing it until you have a very dark brown.

Your colors should look something like these:

Beagle Cookie Dough Colors

Beagle Cookie Dough Colors

I dusted the mold with flour out of habit, but you actually don’t need to do this when using cookie dough.

You’re adding color from front to back, this will make sense as we go along:

• First take the dark brown dough and fill in his eyes and nose.

• Next fill in the tongue with the pink dough

Filling in the beagle's eyes, nose and tongue

Fill in his eyes, nose and tongue

• Next, add untinted cookie dough to his muzzle, chin and between his eyes.

• Also add a ‘saddle’ of dark brown to his side.

I know this looks a little weird, but bear with me.

Next add plain dough to his muzzle and a dark 'saddle' on his side

Next add plain dough to his muzzle and a dark ‘saddle’ on his side

• Next add the medium brown to cover his head, I also blended the two browns to make his ears a little darker, but it’s not really necessary (speaking of ears, I know beagle pups have longer ears – but he’s only a cartoony cookie!).  You also could add the medium brown to his shoulders, which is a very common marking, but I didn’t want to make it more complicated.

• Add dark brown to make his tail and untinted dough to make the tip.

Add medium brown to his head and dark brown for his tail, with a tip made with untinted dough

Add medium brown to his head and dark brown for his tail.  Tip is untinted dough

• Add untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy.
Use untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy

Use untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy

Here are a two tips to make it even easier:

• When pressing one color dough on top of another, try to press straight down, so that you don’t dislodge the first color.

• Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressing the dough in to prevent ‘bounceback’.

Tip: Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressin the dough in to prevent 'bounceback'.

Tip: Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressing the dough in to prevent ‘bounceback’.

Place your mold on a cookie sheet and pop him into a 300 degree F /150 degree C / Gas mark 2  oven until the edges brown and they begin to pull away slightly from the mold.

I think it takes much longer to explain how than to actually do it 🙂

So there you have it, step-by step to adorableness (followed by squeals of delight…then munching sounds).

If you’ve created the perfect pastry portrait of your precious pooch, be sure to send in a photo to share!

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Deep Dish Apple Pie – Pretty Please with a Puppy on Top

Deep Dish Apple Pie with a Puppy on top!

Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie with a Puppy on Top!

Nick and I had a craving for apple pie.  I really wanted to use the Puppy Mold and he really wanted to use the Peeler/Corer/Slicer Contraption because it was much more fun than cutting apples into chunks (see below).

We decided to make a deep dish upside down pie.  You also could make just a Puppy ‘Topper’ for your pie and use a standard pie pan, as with the Butterfly Pie.

You can find the basic pie crust recipe on the ZP website.  We doubled the crust recipe and used about six or seven medium sized apples.

You’ll also need to mix up about 2/3 cup of flour with 2 or more teaspoons of  cinnamon and 1 to 2 cups of sugar (depending on how tart your apples are and how big your sweet tooth is).  You’ll use this to sprinkle on the apples.  You’ll also need a little butter to dot on the top before adding the top layer of dough.

Peeler/Corer/Slicer contraption, mounded apples, top layer of crust, baked pie, inverted Upside Down Puppy Pie

Peeler/Corer/Slicer Contraption, apples, top layer, baked pie, Upside Down Puppy Apple Pie

Dust your mold lightly with flour.  Once you’ve made your dough, roll out a circle and fit it into the Puppy Mold – or just press dough into mold in an even layer into the bottom and up the sides.  Be sure to press the dough completely into the Puppy design – you will probably need to add extra pieces of dough in the deeper areas of the design to keep the crust an even thickness.  If needed, moisten dough slightly with water to stick pieces together.  Dip your fingertips in flour before pressing the dough in and be sure that the bottom and side crust are not too thin.

If you’ve used the Heart Mold for pies, this might be a little bit fussier, as the Puppy Mold doesn’t have a flat bottom.  You will get a little ‘bounceback’, but it’s not hard to do at all.

Once you have a shell of dough covering the interior of the mold, sprinkle a little of the flour/sugar/cinnamon mixture on the bottom, then sprinkle more between layers of apple until you have a slightly mounded top (see images above).

Dot the apples with little cubes of butter, then roll out the top layer of dough (which will become the bottom crust of your upside down pie), place on top, crimp the edges and cut several small vents in the top layer.  Bake at 375 to 400°F (200 °C) for 50-70 minutes.  Tent with foil if top layer of crust browns too quickly.  Pie is done when filling begins to bubble out.

Allow to cool for at least 30 to 40 minutes.  Place serving plate over mold, flip plate and mold over together, then gently remove mold from pie.

Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie with a Puppy on Top

Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie with a Puppy on Top

Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie with a Puppy on Top

Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie with a Puppy on Top

I will try to show the Kaleidoscope Heart design soon, maybe as a spicy cherry pie – I think it has to be red filling even if it isn’t Valentine’s Day yet.  Hearts – like puppies – are welcome at any time of the year 🙂

How to Make a Chocolate Lab Puppy

How to Make a Chocolate Lab Puppy

And ideas for black and yellow Lab cakes

Chocolate Lab Puppy made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Chocolate Lab Puppy made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

This is really easy.  Little ones need a bit of supervision with hot, melted chocolate, but the technique couldn’t be simpler.  All you’ll need is your favorite chocolate, a bowl to melt it in and a pastry brush (and of course, an adorable Puppy Mold).

I’ve given the information on ‘quick-tempering’ chocolate in several other posts, but I’ll repeat it here:

Quick-Tempered Chocolate

Finely chop chocolate or use chocolate chips. Melt two thirds of the chocolate in the microwave for thiry second intervals, stirring in between with a silicone or rubber spatula (don’t use a wooden utensil, it can introduce moisture and cause your chocolate to ‘seize’).  Keep the temperature below 120F.   When chocolate has melted, add the remaining one third in three batches, stirring until smooth after each addition.

Using a pastry brush, paint the melted chocolate into your mold.  Be sure to brush into the crevices, brushing out any trapped air bubbles.  Allow to cool, then pop out of mold.

You can also paint in different colors of chocolate if you’re really feeling creative, or you’re making a ‘portrait’ of a multicolored dog, like a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Beagle or an Australian Shepherd.  For these, you could use milk, dark and white chocolate.  I’ll have to try mixing different colors to see if I can get yellow and black Lab colors with chocolate, but for now,  if you want to make a yellow Lab, try the Yellow Lab Cake.

Yellow Lab Puppy Cake made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Yellow Lab Puppy Cake made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

I think a dark chocolate cake might work for a black lab.  Or try mixing the two batters to make one of each; pour one color batter just into the puppy shape of the mold, then the other color carefully around it.  Then switch colors for the other Lab cake.  I’ll try to do a post on this soon.  That’s how the ‘Poodle Cake’ was made – before it became a poodle 🙂  Just remember to prepare your mold before pouring in the batter by brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening and dusting lightly with flour (this step is not necessary for chocolate).

If  it’s a gift, you could add a big bow or a collar made of fondant to make it even more special.

Doggie Birthday Cake Recipe, Chaka and Some Very Opinionated Advice on Training a Puppy

Doggie Birthday Cake

It’s not the most attractive cake made from the Puppy Mold.
But your DOG will think it’s fantastic!

The main ingredients are liver and eggs, you can also add grated cheese.

Doggie Birthday Cake (Liver & Egg), made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Doggie Birthday Cake - This must be a Liver-Nose Rhodesian Ridgeback Cake 🙂

This cake is similar to my dog Chaka’s favorite treat.  I remember once when I was making a batch, I turned around to see him waiting patiently and expectantly behind me – next to a puddle of drool.  And I’d never seen him drool before.

Chaka’s favorite drool-inducing treat was actually crunchier than the cake recipe below.  I would cook the liver first, add eggs, cheese, wheat germ and a little flour, then spread it thinly on a cookie sheet and bake.


This is a pic of Chaka, he was absolutely amazing and is absolutely irreplaceable.

Doggie Birthday Cake

You’ll need:

◊   About 1 lb of chicken liver
◊   Three eggs
◊   ½ Cup of oatmeal (plain and uncooked, not flavored or sweetened)
◊   About 1½ cups of flour (I used equal parts rice and wheat flour)
◊   Cheese (optional)

The texture of this doggie birthday cake really isn’t like cake at all.  It’s very dense and is more like a very soft dog biscuit.

Prepare Puppy mold by brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening, then dusting with flour.  Place Puppy Mold on cookie sheet to bake and to use to transport to and from oven.

Rinse chicken livers and cut into halves or quarters.  Whisk the eggs and add to the liver.  Add oatmeal.  Add flour(s) about a half cup at a time until it forms a thick batter.

Pour into one spot on the mold, to minimize air bubbles.  Bake at 350 °F / 180 °C / Gas mark 4  for about an hour.  Cake is done when it pulls away from the sides of the mold and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool, remove from mold and cut or break into bite-sized pieces.


You can also add cheese, grated or cut into small cubes.

A small amount of garlic could also be added.  Too much garlic is not healthy for dogs, but a tiny bit is considered OK.

A note on flour:

I used rice and wheat flours.  I made rice flour by just putting rice in a food processor and grinding to a powder.

Since the most common food allergies in dogs are a sensitivity to corn or wheat you could probably use all rice flour if you don’t know if your doggie party guests have allergies or not.

That’s it for the recipe, if you want to hang around for my blathering of my opinionated views on raising a puppy, grab a cup of tea/ coffee/cocoa and make yourself comfortable:

My Very Opinionated Views on Raising a Puppy

I cringe when I see people do the dominance thing with their puppy to show them who the leader of the pack is by rolling them onto their backs, grabbing their scruff and glaring at them.  I also hate to hear people barking loud commands at their dogs as if they’re deaf.

I have had incredibly smart dogs and cats since I was little.  I firmly believe that this was partly due to just talking to them –in a normal voice.  By naming things and using lots of short phrases they could remember, it allowed them to have a huge ‘vocabulary’.   Remember, you’re basically teaching them a foreign language (in a manner of speaking).   Also, when you talk in a normal, soft tone to your puppy, they not only have to pay close attention to what you’re saying, but a loud, sharp command from you will get instant attention.  These should be saved for dangerous situations.

The even bigger plus to this is that you become the wise, respected one and your dog will look to you to know how to react to any new situation -or will want you to ‘name’ things for him.  Chaka would look at me, then pointedly look at the object he was curious about and then look back to me for a response.  He’d also do this if something was abandoned on the coffee table and he wanted to eat it.  He’d actually come upstairs to get me to show me something that my daughter had left and then politely sit next to it, look at me, then it, then back, asking if he could have it.

All ridgebacks are NOT countersurfers – to teach this, I left a piece of bread enticingly on the coffee table when he was a puppy, watched carefully and made a big deal out of him not touching it, then gave him a much yummier treat for being such a good boy.

The bread lesson was pretty easy because he already knew not to chew things that weren’t his toys.  All this took was consistency for just a short while.  When he first came home as a curious puppy, and would go to chew something, I would just say quietly,” No touch, not yours” and then say in a more silly, playful voice “This is yours!” and hand him one of his toys while telling him what a good boy he was for chewing it – you’ll have to have a toy readily available in all the rooms your puppy will be in, or go find one with him.  It was only a week, two at the most when he’d come into a room and immediately pounce on one of his toys.  He never destroyed anything as a puppy – and ridgeback puppies can do a lot of damage, some have ‘eaten’ couches!

My two most important other pieces of advice:

  1. Make sure that adorable thing your puppy is doing now will still be acceptable to you when your dog is an adult.  Don’t allow it now unless you’ll be OK with it later.
  2. Once means always.  You can’t let them do something “just this once”.  Consistency is very important.

I have lots more opinionated, smarty-pants advice, like how to make your puppy ‘bulletproof’, so it can handle new situations without being stressed or panicked;  getting them hooked on praise so they will always want to please you, etc., but I think this post is long enough already 🙂

Here are two of my favorite pictures of Chaka and me:

Chaka and me on the Port Jeff Ferry

Chaka and me on the Port Jeff Ferry.  I think the loud ferry horn went off and startled us…or someone just told us a really good joke.

One of my favorite pics of Chaka and me

This is another favorite pic of me and Chaka.  The expression on his face tells me someone was walking our way with a dog or puppy.  He loved to meet other dogs and was always sweet and friendly.

What’s your favorite dog treat recipe?

How to make Cute Dalamatian Puppy Cookies – Recipe

Dalmatian Puppy Cookies

These seem to be everyone’s favorite yummy thing made from the Puppy mold.
The recipe is also on the back of the Puppy Mold’s box.

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!




No-spread cookie dough:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt
  • Red gel food coloring (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.

Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to egg mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Lightly dust Puppy Mold with flour. For one big, round cookie, roll cookie dough into a 9” circle, then press into the mold.

For individual Puppy Cookies, dust mold with flour and press dough into the puppy shape of the mold.

For best detail, bake right in the mold, but cookies can also be baked on a cookie sheet. Bake 7-12 minutes, depending on thickness, until edges are golden brown.

To make a Dalmatian Puppy Cookie: Paint melted chocolate directly into the mold for eyes, nose and spots. For a pink tongue, add a tiny bit of red gel food coloring (use a toothpick) to a small amount of dough, blend and press into the mold.  Then gently press cookie dough into just the puppy shape of the mold.   Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness.  Melted chocolate can also be painted on the cookie after baking, using a small artist’s brush.

Recipe adapted from: Capitts at BakeSpace

Next, I’d like to try making border collie puppy cookies using a little cocoa in half the cookie dough…


BTW, we’re taking reservations on the first shipment of Puppy molds.  Also, when you join the ZP mailing list, we’ll send you a coupon code for a discount on your Puppy mold!



Puppy Packaging

Puppy Packaging

Packaging for ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Packaging for ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Where does your Puppy Mold snuggle up while he’s waiting for you to bring him to his forever home?

A Nice Sturdy Doghouse?

Not exactly, but it’s easy to wrap as a gift.

You probably don’t think too much about packaging. I had been thinking of nothing else for a while.

We went through three packaging designs before coming up with this cutey. But it can stand on it’s own or hang from a peg, with adorable little doggies all around, begging with their cute little puppy eyes to be brought home to make yummy and fun stuff for you.

There’s lots of info and tasty recipes on the sides and back, too.  You’re going to have so many smiles and giggles coming your way, you won’t know what to do with them!

Although you may be risking cuteness overload, there’s lots more Puppy Mold info at the ZANDA PANDA website.

If you’d like to reserve your Puppy Mold,  just e-mail us at: and mention the Puppy Mold in the subject line.

Also, when you join the ZP mailing list, we’ll happily send you a coupon code for a discount on your Puppy mold!

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