CupcakeBake the cupcakes according to the box directions. Let cool on wire racks completely. This should take at least an hour. I baked the cupcakes the night before to ensure that they’d be completely cool for frosting.
1 18.25 oz of cake
1 C buttermilk
4 large eggs
3 plain mini donuts, cut in half length wise
1 16oz tub of vanilla frosting (I used the oreo filling rather than buying another frosting)
6 plain donut holes (went to a donut shop because it was much cheaper than a grocery store)
1 16oz tub of dark chocolate frosting (it looks almost black, so no need for food coloring)
3 marshmallows, the ends cut off 1/8” from the edge
6 Famous chocolate wafers (I used oreos and scraped off the filling), cut ¼” from the circumference of the cookie
6 yellow fruit chews (or dried mangoes cut into triangles and little feet)
12 mini chocolate chips
6-10 Swedish fish
Spoon 2 Tbsp frosting (vanilla, if you have any) into a Ziploc bag. Spread on 6 cupcakes. Top with half of a mini donut. Spread more frosting on top of the donut and then place a donut hole on top of that to make the head. Frost the crack between the donut hole and the donut till it’s smooth. This is the body of the penguin. Then place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. The frosting should be solid and the cupcake shouldn’t be too squishy.
Spoon the chocolate frosting into a microwavable mug or bowl, wide enough to fit the width of your penguins. Microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring and checking the consistency. It should be thick yet smooth and when you pick the spoon up out of it, it should run off the back of the spoon like elmer’s glue.
Dip the cupcake head first into the frosting and pull out, letting the excess drip off. Flip back up right and place on a dish that can be used to freeze your penguins. Continue for all 6 and freeze while you work on the decorations.
Penguin cupcakes in their natural habitat
Here was my work station:
Beak and feet = dried mangoes (use a paring knife)
Eyes = oreo fillings with mini chocolate chips inserted point side in
Penguin tummy = marshmallow ends
Penguin food = Swedish fish
Use additional chocolate frosting to adhere the rest of the decorations and freeze again. Be creative with the decorations. You can use candies like starbursts, or white frosting for the eyes!