Tutorial: Candy Penguin Cupcakes

I’ve mentioned a time or two those moments of inspiration in the kitchen, like the Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls where this idea just popped into my brain and it ended up being just as tasty as I imagined it would be. Well, one day, I was just sitting there, minding my own business, and I thought, “PENGUIN CUPCAKES! I must make some!” I poked around on the internet a little for ideas and I checked out the penguins in Hello, Cupcake, (which, by the way, are completely adorable in the book, but I saw some truly sad re-creations online). Discouraged by what I was unable to find, I set out to make something of my own that met the following criteria:

–Everything tasted good. No fondant and no weird candy that no one likes. I wanted the whole thing to be completely edible and completely yummy.

–No weird or ridiculously expensive ingredients. I wasn’t about to send you out to find marzipan or something.

–I wanted to be something that, if they were patient enough, pretty much anyone could make. I didn’t want any painting, dripping issues, or drawing, and I wanted minimal sculpting. All you need is to be able to follow the directions, give the penguins plenty of time, and have a steady hand. And another set of steady hands doesn’t hurt, either! 🙂

One great thing about these is that they can be done in steps. Make the cupcakes one day and freeze them in an airtight container. Make the frosting another day. Build the penguin bodies and then finish them off a few days later. It’s really pretty flexible. Also, you can use unfrosted store-bought cupcakes as well as store-bought frosting if you’re not up to doing this 100% from scratch. No matter how you do it, though, this is such a fun way to spend an afternoon with your kids (although probably your older kids) or a friend or even for a date if your husband/boyfriend/potential suitor can stand the sheer cuteness of it all.




  1. These are super cute!

    BTW- (in case you didn't know this already)Pioneer Woman had a giveaway and to enter you had to link to one of your favorite recipes on the web. She posted the statistics today and listed the top twenty sites that were linked to. Guess what…you gals made the top twenty! I was happy to see you there b/c I just love ya over here:0)

  2. Those penguins are super cute! Don't know if I am that ambitious. I was just on the Pioneer Woman's site and you guys were in her list of top 20 food blogs that people read I thought that was pretty great, congratulations.

  3. These are wonderful!!! I'm going to (attempt) make them for my daughter's "lucky day" for her birthday at school next week. She is so excited! Thanks for sharing these and wish me luck 🙂

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