Sometimess (and maybe it’s because I’m a total right-brainer), I get inspired to the enth-degree. This was one of those times. My son was crossing over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts (I’m so proud!!), and his den was the “Cobra Den.” Well, for his Blue & Gold ceremony, I made a 6′ long cobra snake cake.
Before I go into the step-by-step on how to make this slithering slab, let me give a shout out to my three helpers that gave up a couple of hours on their Saturday morning to help me pipe stars all over this bad boy: Thanks to Lisa, Jennifer, and Annika! Without their help, I’d probably STILL be piping stars today.
Step 1: You need a 6-foot long, heavy-duty plank of wood. Don’t go cheap, because this cake gets heavy!! Wrap it in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Also – see how dark it is outside? I started putting this bad boy together at 5 am, so the cake would be ready to decorate by 9 am. *Yawn*
Step 2: Form your head and tail using rice krispie treat mix. A good mix for this is 3 tablespoons butter (melted over low heat), 4 cups mini marshmallows (melted with butter over low heat), and 6 cups of crispy rice cereal. You’ll need 2 batches for this cake. Allow this to cool for about 5 – 10 minutes. What you’re looking for is the rice to not be gooey and be able to hold its shape.
Step 3: You’ll need 5 bundt cakes for this recipe. If you don’t have a bundt cake pan, go look in the thrift store. There always seems to be at least ONE there – or borrow a friend’s. I found that a good baking time for a bundt pan was 325° for 40 minutes. Let them cool before removing the cakes from the pan, and DON’T level them! Leave that rounded top. Cut 4 of the cakes in half.
Step 4: Stagger the cakes on the foil-covered plank, so that you’re creating a continuous “S”-shape. Without the snake head, this reminds me of pipes. If you have a plumber in your life, this might be a good idea, too!
Step 5: The last bundt cake should be cut like the picture. You’ll need a piece that’s slightly less than 1/4, and another piece that’s slightly larger than 1/4. The smaller piece will connect the head to the body, and the bigger piece will connect the body to the tail. You can go ahead and eat that other half. You’ve earned it. 😉
Step 6: In this step, a couple of things have happened. First, that slightly smaller 1/4 piece has connected the body to the head piece, of which has been built up to meet the cake. Also, if you look under the cake, you’ll see a small blob of the marshmallow/rice mix. Remember how you didn’t level the bundt cakes? Well, you need that extra height and roundness to make it look more like a snake. Unfortunately, they tend to roll on that round part. By putting the mix there, you’re creating a sort of edible shim for it. Don’t worry. No one will see it once it’s decorated.
Step 7: With your second batch of the marshmallow/rice treats, add the hood of the cobra. You’ll reserve the rest for the tail and the shims, as you need them. Don’t be afraid to really squish and scrunch this stuff together. It sculpts really well!
Step 8: Shape the tail to connect to that slightly-larger-than-1/4-piece. Add shims to any cake that needs support in order for the cakes to touch – or at least be as close as possible. It finally looks like a snake!
Step 9: Get your friends over to help pipe stars all over your cake! Just so you know, to cover this cake with buttercream icing, I used a total of 10 lbs of powdered sugar, 10 tablespoons of butter-flavored extract, 10 tablespoons of vanilla extract, and 10 cups of shortening. Also, I do know that cobras don’t have stripes, and that they’re mostly solid, but I was making a cake for a bunch of little boys, and I thought stripes would break it up a little. It “reads” well.
Have fun making your own snake cake!
This is fabulous, crazy and amazing all at the same time!!!
Thanks so much, Jennifer!
I made a cake using these directions and it came out so well. Also painted stripes as it looked so plain without them. I had a bit of a problem with sculpting the rice Krispy treats though, so could not get the hood sculpted, but it turned out great. Thank you for the help.
My niece is in girl scouts and she had a cake bake this weekend. She loooves snakes, so I decided we’d tackle this project. I had a little bit of trouble getting my krispies to hold shape. I think that was mostly from all the handling they got after I remolded what she had done. It was a challenge but an awesome cake. We both loved it. She was so proud while presenting it and she also won an award for most creative cake.
Marcie, that is wonderful news! Thank you for sharing that with me. 🙂
You are amazing! What I would like to know is how on earth did you transport that bad boy?!
Trish, the board that was wrapped in foil was made of hardwood, so it was supported pretty nicely. We have a minivan, so we slid it down the middle, and drove SLOWLY to our destination point. Apparently if you hold your breath JUST right, it works! 😉
This cake is amazing! I think I’m going to try it too! I’m afraid of the size though. I may try it with less cakes but hopefully will get the same effect! This is truly amazing though!!
It really is a lot of fun to make! Have a good time with it!
This is super cool! Nice job
This is so, so cool!
You are Amazing! That cake is amazing! I’d like to think if I have a son one day I would go to such lengths but I don’t think I would. Good for you what a lucky boy!
That is amazing!
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Fabulous!! Id cut up some red licorice for a tongue
My kids are having a Harry Potter birthday Party in October, they saw this cake and asked me to make a ‘Nagini’ cake. We’ll see how it turns out!
So cool…it’s great! I’m afraid to show my grandson cause he’ll want it for his bday 🙂
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The recipe calls for a 6″ long board when what is needed is a 6′ long board. I make this clarification for others notes. Otherwise the recipe looks absolutely Divine. I can’t wait to find a reason to make it. I have a butterscotch poppyseed Bundt cake recipe from my church cookbook that I have been waiting to try.
Weird. I just checked the post, and it’s reading 6′ on my end. Oh well. I have faith in humanity that they’ll not try to fit a 6-foot cake onto a 6-inch board. LOL
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Kristi, would you mind if I featured your photos of this cake (and the making of) on our website, Red Tricycle (www.redtri.com)? Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
What icing tip did you use to ice with? I am having a hard time telling exactly the shape from the pics. Thanks.
I used a star tip. 🙂
I realize this is from more than 4 years ago but I am just now seeing it. 🙂 You did an amazing job!! Way to go!!