Pandas - Adorable Zoo Animal Donut Series
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
This post is about making panda donuts with Oreos, frosting and donuts that I learned from a So Yummy YouTube video I saw.
I also made: penguins, chicken & babies, and flamingos. 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 Pandas". :)
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 Pandas
You only need 3 things to make panda donuts:
- Vanilla Frosting
You put some melted white frosting on the donut.
To make panda ears: You break 1 Oreo in half and use each half for the ears.
To make the panda eyes/periocular area:
You use ~1/4 piece of 1/2 of an Oreo without white filling and then you put a dot of white frosting
To make the panda nose: You use a little bit piece of an Oreo without white filling.
So you use 1 1/2 Oreos or a little less to make 1 panda.
RESULT: Fail. :)
We are good at this? Haha, these pandas were probably the least successful of my zoo animal donuts attempts. I think it is because the homemade donuts weren't as round as store-bought donuts. Also, the donut hole was a lot bigger than store-bought donuts, so I couldn't put the nose really where it is supposed to be -- that would be putting it on the plate. :)
That's why I put the So Yummy example as the first photo / thumbnail rather than mine because you wouldn't have been able to tell they were pandas. Haha. :)
Mine kind of look like black and white foxes if there is a species that look like that.
Next time, I'll try with store-bought donuts. It's a fun little art project to try with some donuts, Oreos and frosting you have around.
Give it a try! We are good at this!