How to Decorate a Snake Cake

Decorating a Fondant Snake Cake

Snake Cake TutorialIn 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

 
How to Decorate a Snake Cake

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:

 OvenStuff Nonstick 12 Cup Bundform Cake PanCheck Price Wilton Mini Football Silicone Mold- Discontinued By ManufacturerCheck Price Nordic Ware Donut Cake Pan SetCheck Price

 

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)

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Before We Placed the Fondant on the Cake, We Frosted Each Layer of the Cake with a Very Thin Layer of Regular Buttercream Icing
 
This adds flavor and helps hold the fondant in place.

 

Preparing the Fondant

Coloring Fondant

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 Wilton Roll And Cut MatCheck Price Wilton Decorate Smart Fondant SmootherCheck Price Wilton 1907-1211 Fondant Gum Paste Rolling Pin with Rings, 20-InchCheck Price

 

 

Photos of Decorating the Bottom Coil of the Snake

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Favorite Tip of the Day
 
Use Fishnet Panty Hose to Make the Reptilian Skin Design!

 

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.
 

Snake Cake Tutorial

 SAMFE Seamless Fishnet Panty HoseCheck Price

 

 

Decorating the Top Coil of the Snake – This is the Same as the Bottom Coil Except with Smaller Pieces

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. Cover one Mini Football with Black Fondant. Trim and tuck edges.
  2. Add a Yellow Stripe
  3. Glue Jelly Bean Eyes into Place with Wilton Dab-N-Hold Edible Adhesive
  4. Use a red fondant strip for tongue

The Snake Cake

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Decorating the Tail of the Snake Cake

  1. Cut and shape remaining Mini Footballs to make tail of the snake.
  2. Cover with either Red or Black Fondant (whichever you have the most remaining. We used Red Fondant)
  3. Add a few yellow strips (as pictured)
  4. The very tip of the tail is simply shaped Black Fondant!
  5. 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.

 Fondarific Wedding White Fondant, Buttercream, 2 PoundCheck Price Wilton Dab-N-Hold Edible Adhesive, 2fl.oz.Check Price AmeriColor Basic Six Kit Soft Gel Paste Food Color, 0.75 Ounce, 6 Pack KitCheck Price

 

Thank You!
 
A great big thank you and many hugs to my son and niece who made creating this snake cake so much fun and a wonderful memory of our day spent together!
 
Your ideas, suggestions, hard work and love truly made this Snake Cake a Fun Food Masterpiece!

 
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We couldn’t resist goofing around a little!

Do you See the Mouse!

 

 Zak! Designs MeeMe Square Serving Tray, 12.5Check Price

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.

 

Credits for This Article

This recipe article was originally published by me in 2013 on a different site that no longer exists.

 

Article Author Verification: Sylvestermouse

All Photos are the Personal Property of Sylvestermouse

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© 2013 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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I love cooking and I have been known to scurry around the kitchen, creating my own unique masterpieces. Creatively speaking there is not much I won't try and I have found one of my greatest joys in life is making our house a home. As a contributor on Cooking for the Holidays, I will be sharing my own recipes, cooking tips, and my love for working and playing in the kitchen!

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