Happy birthday Brian! Well, super belated birthday, since his birthday was in early July -_-... He got his treat then, but I just haven't had the chance to share this post with everyone yet. BTW, Brian is my middle sis' bf. :-)
When he first saw the "Hello! Cupcake" book, he feel in love with the penguins on the back cover of the book. His favorite animal is penguin, so it was very fitting. I told him I would make this for his birthday, and here is how I did it:I used donut holes, chocolate mint cupcakes, and vanilla frosting (I used my favorite chocolate mint cupcake and vanilla buttercream recipes) to assemble the penguins. Then I stuck them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes so they would harden for ease of handling.
For the penguin color, I used my favorite chocolate buttercream frosting recipe, then melted it in the microwave for about 30 seconds (check the frosting for doneness every 10-15 seconds) and added black food coloring gel to reach the penguin black suit coloring.
For decorations, I used marshmallows for the white tummy, yellow Starbursts for the beak, chocolate mint cookies cut in half for the wings that were dipped in the same frosting as above, and left-over vanilla and chocolate frosting for the eye details. They were super hard to transport to my parents' house, as the wings are spread out and I didn't have any good carriers for wide cupcakes, but other than that they were a hit! Birthday boy really liked it!