Perhaps you didn't catch it: Sweater-wearing penguins made it onto New York Magazine's approval matrix (highbrow-brilliant, obviously), only strengthening my undying love for the Arctic fluffies and solidifying, I think, their position as best animal ever.
So as a nod to cold penguins around the globe, I decided to develop the ultimate penguin cupcake. To make your own flock, follow the steps below.
MAKES: a dozen penguins
1 cup marshmallow crème
12 Oreo cookies
Candy eyeballs (preferably Wilton)
Large round orange sprinkles, for the beak
¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
Small white sprinkles, for decoration (optional)
1. Frost each cupcake with 1 tablespoon marshmallow crème.
2. For each penguin: Separate 1 Oreo cookie; the half with the cream filling with be the head, cut the half without the cream in half to make 2 wings using a sharp knife (it's okay if the edges crumble, you can hide it with coconut).
3. Make the head: Spread about 1 teaspoon marshmallow crème over the cream filling of the Oreo. Gently press 2 eyeballs into the crème, then use orange sprinkles to make a beak.
4. Assemble the penguin: Press the head into the marshmallow crème near the top of the cupcake, then press the wings into the cake until they're secure. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coconut and white sprinkles, if desired.