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Cute Focaccia Bread Art

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Use your focaccia as a canvas and decorate it to your heart’s desire! Top your dough with cut out shapes from potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, etc., and create a nice centerpiece for any occasion.

The recipe I use is by Alexandra Cooks with a few tweaks, which is described in the tutorial below.

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Cute focaccia with bear design and flowers

About this cute focaccia bread

When I first started Bites by Bianca in 2020, I focused quite a bit on bread art. One of my earliest blog posts was about how to paint sourdough, and I painted a bunch of different designs that are posted waaaay back on my Instagram. And even though I’ve made two focaccia bread art pieces (Pikachu & Snorlax!), I never actually posted a tutorial. So, here I am… 2 years later… finally sharing how I did it.

For the Pikachu & Snorlax focaccias, I used Zucchini peels to make the outlines of the characters. Then, I topped the bread with random herbs, onions, and bell peppers. For this bear focaccia recipe, I drizzled on some spicy chili oil, scattered caramelized onions, and cut out shapes from potatoes and red bell peppers. I decorated the bears with a black edible marker, just to give them a ‘lil face.

I used my favorite mini cookie cutter set, which has hearts, flowers, stars, circles, hexagons, ovals, triangles, squares, and rectangles of different sizes. They were perfect for the design I was envisioning for this bread and I highly recommend this cutter set if you’d like to recreate it. Otherwise, I suggest using an exacto knife or paring knife to get the shapes you need.

If you’re interested in other kawaii recipes I have, check out these!: Chocolate Bear Mochi MuffinsShortbread Bear CookiesAang Sugar CookiesBlueBEARy cookiesCoconut Ube Bear CookiesRed Velvet Bear CookiesStrawberry Kirby Sugar CookiesStrawBEARy Sugar CookiesBunny Sugar CookiesTeddy Bear Chocolate Chip CookiesKeroppi Matcha Sugar CookiesFrog Matcha Sugar CookiesSoft, Less Sweet Ube Sugar Cookie Bears (Dairy-Free!)Pig-Shaped Snickerdoodles (Vegan)Cat-Shaped Black Cocoa Cookies (Vegan), and Chick-Shaped Lemon Cookies.

The recipe

The recipe I use is actually “Overnight, Refrigerator Focaccia = The Best Focaccia Bread Recipe” by Alexandra. It’s SUPER EASY and low maintenance. The only things I changed were the toppings I used and added 3g more salt.

Cute focaccia with bear design and flowers

Cute Focaccia Bread Art

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The recipe I used is "Overnight, Refrigerator Focaccia = The Best Focaccia Bread Recipe" by Alexandra. However, I added in 13 g salt instead of 10 g, and used the following toppings: spicy chili oil, random herbs from my pantry, flaky sea salt, caramelized onions, red bell peppers, and potatoes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Baking time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 cute focaccia



  • 1-2 tbsp spicy chili oil
  • flaky sea salt
  • herbs of your choice
  • caramelized onions
  • 1 golden potato, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 large red bell peppers: one cut horizontally to get flower shapes, the other flattened to use cookie cutters on



  • For the bears: Use small + medium circle cookie cutters on the potato rounds to cut out the bear heads and ears. Use a small oval cookie cutter for the snouts.
  • For random shapes: Use the various star, flower, and heart cookie cutters on the potato rounds and flattened bell pepper.

Decorate the bread:

  • Dimple the focaccia with oiled hands.
  • Drizzle on spicy chili oil then scatter on herbs, flaky sea salt, and caramelized onions.
  • Top the bread with the bears. The potato pieces may move a bit after baking, but you can use egg wash to help them stick together if you'd like.
  • Add the other shapes throughout the bread, using the red bell pepper as flower petals and potato circles as the middles.
  • Scatter flower, heart, and star pieces of potato and red bell pepper throughout the top of the bread.
  • Bake focaccia at 325°F for 25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from baking pan and cool on wire rack.
  • Use black edible marker to draw on bear faces.
    *In the video above the recipe, I used the edible marker prior to baking. I actually recommend drawing the faces after baking—it's much easier and the ink is more opaque.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword animal bread, bear bread, bread art, flower bread, focaccia, focaccia art, garden art focaccia, garden focaccia
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One Comment

  1. Wow, this cute focaccia recipe looks amazing! I love how you can get creative with the toppings and make it a beautiful centerpiece for any occasion. Your tips on using potatoes, bell peppers, and tomatoes to create cut out shapes are so helpful. I can’t wait to try this recipe out for my next dinner party. Thanks for sharing your tweaks to Alexandra Cooks’ recipe – it’s great to see how different cooks put their own spin on classic recipes!”

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