Sending Hissss Best

Sending Hissss Best

Slithering through the grass to a party table near you is this whimsical serpent that's so easy to make using a simple tube pan and triangular-shaped cupcakes. It's sure to bring a smile to the face of any birthday boy or girl... and all the guests too!

Step 1

Step 1: Bake The Cakes

Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare pound cake batter following recipe instructions. Spray 6 silicone baking cups with vegetable pan spray; fill 1/2 full with batter. Bake 17-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in baking cups.

Spray Antoinette pan with vegetable pan spray; spoon batter into pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling grid 15-20 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.

Step 2

Step 2: Shape The Snake

Using pan and baking cups as a guide, cut cake boards into "s" shape; cover with Fanci-Foil. Cut cooled cake in half vertically (top to bottom); arrange cake halves on foil-wrapped cake board. Stack 3 cupcakes each on each end to form snake head and tail.

Step 3

Step 3: Ice The Cake

Tint icing violet, green and a small amount of black. Fill in violet spots with tip 21 stars. Cover remainder of cake completely with tip 21 green stars. Add black tip 3 outline mouth and dot nostrils.

Step 4

Step 4: Decorate The Snake

Position spice drop eyes; add tip 3 black pupils. Cut tongue from fruit leather. Attach to cake with dots of icing.

Step 5

Step 5: Make Celebration Hat

Wrap fruit leather around sugar cone, securing with buttercream icing if needed. Roll out yellow spice drops on sugar coated surface and cut about eight 4 in. x 3/4 in strips. Cut 1/8 in. wide slits; roll 1 strip to form pompom; attach to point of cone with icing. Position hat on head; arrange remaining cut spice drops around hat for fringe. If desired, add tip 6 buttercream icing message to hat.

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