Decorating a Fondant Snake Cake
In honor of Year of the Snake 2013, Sylvestermouse and Son joined together once again to create a unique and original cake. Our Snake Cake is easy and fun to decorate. As always, I share step by step instructions for decorating the snake cake, as well as tons of photos to help you create your own Fun Food work of art!
My son drew and designed the creation based on his extensive knowledge of the Coral snake. I had the easiest job of finding the right shaped pans, the necessary tools and ingredients for a tasty dessert. In addition to our own input, we were thrilled to have my niece join us for this day of baking and add her own creative ideas. We all had our hands in the assembly. By the end of the day, some of those hands were red and others were dyed black, but the end result was well worth it!
Oh, and I even share my favorite tip of the day! What we used to make the reptilian skin design. I am still laughing that my son was responsible for coming up with that ingenious suggestion! Get ready to wrap yourself around this design, because here we go!
This cake is an original design of: Sylvestermouse & Son
Complete Supply List for Decorating a Snake Cake
A Complete List of Supplies is provided here, but all items are either featured above or below the instructions for your convenience. Sometimes just seeing the item, makes it easier to find when we need it. Each featured item is also directly linked if you would like to buy or check prices today.
- 12 Cup Bundt Pan
- Half of a Doughnut Pan
- Mini Football Silicone Mold
- Fondarific Buttercream Wedding White ~ 2 Pounds
- Fondant Tools ~ Fondant Rolling Pin, Rolling Mat, Fondant Smoother
- AmeriColor Student Soft Gel Paste Food Color
- Wilton Dab-N-Hold Edible Adhesive
- Fishnet Panty Hose ~ any size, any color
- Two Black Jelly Beans for Eyes
Where to Begin When Decorating a Snake Cake
Since this article is about decorating the cake, we are going to start with the baked cakes in the photos, but I do want to share the pans needed to get the right shapes for the snake cake.
I used a Bundt pan for the base coil of the snake, half of a smaller doughnut cake pan for the upper coil and a football muffin pan for the head and tail.
You will need 2 Boxed Cake Mixes or 2 Cake Recipes. One recipe for the Bundt pan and one recipe to split for the doughnut pan and football mold.
Each of the pans I used are featured here for your convenience:
Bake the Cakes and Allow Them To Completely Cool – 1 Bundt Cake, 1 Doughnut Pan Cake (only half of of a doughnut) & Mini Footballs (You will Need At Least 2 Footballs)
Preparing the Fondant
- Kneed and Color 1/3 of the Container of Fondant in Black. It takes approx. 15 drops of soft gel fondant color to get a deep black.
- Kneed and Color 1/3 of the Container of Fondant in Red. It takes approx. 14 drops of soft gel fondant color to get a dark red.
- Kneed and Color 1/2 of the Remaining Fondant in Yellow. It takes approx. 8 drops of soft gel fondant color to get the bright yellow color of the strips.
Decorating the Bottom Coil of the Snake
- Cover the Entire Bundt Cake with Prepared Black Fondant (Use Fondant Smoother to Smooth Fondant. Trim and tuck at the bottom edges of the cake.)
- Cut 4 Red Strips and Place, equally spaced, on Black Fondant Bundt Cake. Strips should be cut 3″ wide X 8″ Long. Trim and tuck as needed around the edges of the cake.
- Cut 8 Yellow Stripes and Place on Each Side of Each Red Strip and Gently Press into Place. Stripes should be cut 3/4″ wide and 8″ Long. Trim and tuck as needed around the edges of the cake.
Photos of Decorating the Bottom Coil of the Snake
Making the Reptilian Skin
My son devised a way to make the snake-skin and I love this ingenious plan!
We made the reptilian skin by pressing fishnet panty hose on the fondant cake! Much easier than trying to carve that repetitive design over the entire cake.
Decorating the Top Coil of the Snake – This is the Same as the Bottom Coil Except with Smaller Pieces
- Cover the Entire Doughnut Cake with Prepared Black Fondant (Remember to Use Fondant Smoother to Smooth Fondant. Trim and tuck at the bottom edges of the cake.)
- Cut 4 Red Strips and Place, equally spaced, on Black Fondant Bundt Cake. Strips should be cut approx. 2 1/4″ wide X 7 1/4″ Long. Trim and tuck fondant.
- Cut 8 Yellow Stripes and Place on Each Side of Each Red Strip and Gently Press into Place. Stripes should be cut a little over 1/2″ wide and 7 1/4″ Long. Trim and tuck fondant as needed.
Decorating the Head of the Snake
- Cover one Mini Football with Black Fondant. Trim and tuck edges.
- Add a Yellow Stripe
- Glue Jelly Bean Eyes into Place with Wilton Dab-N-Hold Edible Adhesive
- Use a red fondant strip for tongue
The Snake Cake
Decorating the Tail of the Snake Cake
- Cut and shape remaining Mini Footballs to make tail of the snake.
- Cover with either Red or Black Fondant (whichever you have the most remaining. We used Red Fondant)
- Add a few yellow strips (as pictured)
- The very tip of the tail is simply shaped Black Fondant!
- If you used black fondant for the main color of the tail, I recommend using a red shaped tip
The Best Tasting Fondant! – Fondarific Buttercream Fondant Also Comes in Colors If You Do Not Want to Color It Yourself!
We elected to color our fondant with soft gel colors so we could get the depth of color we wanted to make a striking snake cake.
Do you See the Mouse!
My Serving Tray
This has become one of my favorite cake display trays.
The handles make it really easy to move around or lift in and out of the refrigerator.
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