Each standard cupcake serves 1; 2 mini cupcakes serve 1.
Line muffin pans with baking cups. (You will need 2 standard cupcakes and 4 mini cupcakes for each bear.) Fill 1/2 full with your favorite cupcake recipe or batter from a mix. Bake according to recipe instructions. Bake and cool completely.
Using chocolate icing, ice smooth 1 standard cupcake, making icing extra thick. Spatula ice 2 wafer cookies; insert into cupcake "head" for ears. Overpipe muzzle area with tip 12. Outline and pipe in nose and mouth in black tube icing; smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Spatula ice remaining cupcakes. Add paw pads with tip 12 light brown buttercream. If desired, add message or other detail to standard cupcake "body".
Arrange cupcakes on serving plate or foil-covered cake board in bear shape.