Flamingos - Adorable Zoo Animal Donut Series
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
This was a fun one! You use a pretzel rod for the flamingo neck, a cashew for the flamingo beak, and shredded coconut for feathers. :)
I also made: penguins, pandas, and chicken & babies from this same So Yummy YouTube video.
Check out those posts:
Tuesday, November 17, 2019, Attempt #1:
Note: Some of the following may be repetitive. I added it in here in case people didn't read the other posts because it has some tips. So if you read it already, you can just scroll down to "Making the Flamingos". :)
I quickly realized that these zoo animal donut decorating tricks work better with store-bought donuts (which are more symmetrical and softer), but I kept going for fun.
First, a note about glazing -- melted frosting, which is used for all the zoo animal donuts:
In the video, they pour a whole container of melted frosting over 1 donut, which makes a great video. Of course, they should do it for the video. For some reason, seeing people pour melted frosting, ganache, etc. over a cake or donut is very satisfying and relaxing. But anyways, I wasn't going to do that IRL (in real life) because I didn't want to buy a new container of frosting for each donut, haha. :)
What I found worked:
1.) Microwave some frosting for 20-30 sec. on a separate dish and then just brush/paint it on a donut. This seems to work better because you can control where the melted frosting goes better.
2.) Put some frosting (not melted) on the donut and then microwave the donut for 20-30 sec., so it melts.
Making the Flamingos
What I used:
- Round donut
- Pretzel Rod (1/2) (flamingo neck)
- 1 cashew (flamingo beak)
- Tiny bit of chocolate frosting to color half of the cashew (beak)
- Candy Eyes
- White melted frosted (colored pink)
- Shredded coconut (flamingo feathers)
- Pink food coloring (to color the frosting and coconut)
1.) I microwaved/melted some vanilla frosting and colored it pink. Then, I spread this on the donut and 1/2 pretzel rod.
2.) I dipped 1/2 of the cashew in a little chocolate frosting and I attached the cashew (beak) to the pretzel rod.
3.) I added 2 candy eyes to the flamingo face.
4.) I stuck the pretzel rod in the donut.
5.) Then, I took some shredded coconut and colored it pink with some pink gel food coloring. I've never colored shredded coconut before, but it worked!
6.) Then I added the pink feathers to the donut -- put some pink shredded coconut on the donut.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How good do the flamingos look? I wasn't sure if the pretzel rod would work as the flamingo neck, but it did! They actually lasted like in the pictures for ~1 week until I threw them out. They were some of my little temporary art installations.
This one is definitely fun. Give it a try! We are good at this!