Penguins - Adorable Zoo Animal Donuts Series
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
I saw this So Yummy YouTube video with donut decorating ideas, mostly adorable zoo animals using everyday items like frosting and candy, and they were so cute(!) that I had to try to make them. I've also been experimenting with making donuts (see link), so I wanted to try to see if I could decorate the donuts I made.
I decided to make: penguins, chicken and babies (aka chicks), flamingos and pandas. This post is about penguins as you can tell by the title. :)
Tuesday, November 17, 2019, Attempt #1:
I used the donuts I made from the Twisted recipe for the donuts.
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 Penguins
In the video, they use a chocolate donut and then dunk half of the donut in white melted frosting for the white penguin body. I had plain cake donuts, so I used melted chocolate frosting for the penguin head and melted vanilla frosting for the penguin body.
What I used:
- Chocolate frosting
- Vanilla frosting
- Candy eyes
- 3 yellow candy melts (not melted) -- for beak and feet
Here, I used the technique of spreading room temp frosting on the donut and then microwaved it for 20-30 sec. It worked pretty well.
Then, I added the eyes by putting a little frosting on the back .
To add the beak, you push 1 yellow candy melt in the donut hole and adhere it with a little frosting.
Similar to adding the feet, you put a little frosting and then stand the donut on the little feet.
RESULT: Success / Fail.
We are good at this? / We are good at this. They were pretty cute, but I had a hard time getting them to stand up. I think this is because they were my homemade donuts which are not that symmetrical and weren't as soft as store-bought donuts (they do taste good). Next time, I'm going to use store-bought donuts to do it.
I did finally get them to stand up kind of. See photos below.
It's a super fun little project and the penguins are cute all year round, but fit with winter season well.
Give it a try! We are good at this! :)
This one I was finally able to get to stand up, but then he fell over. Haha. :)
I was able to get this guy to stand up, but he has some strabismus with his eyes. :)