Turn store bought treats into adorably cute Snack Cake Penguins. They are super fun treats to serve at Christmas, for a zoo themed party, or a wintertime event. Kids will love them.
O.K. I really don’t celebrate Christmas in the summer, but I just couldn’t keep this idea to myself and thought that a Christmas in July post was the perfect excuse for me to share these silly snack cake penguins with you.
Recently I sat with a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls and contemplated the edible craft possibilities. I studied the shape of the cakes and quickly realized that they look like paper towel rolls. So I did a quick internet search for crafts made using these cardboard tubes. One of my favorite ideas, transformed the rolls into penguins.
I figured if you can make a penguin using a cardboard tube, paper and glue, I could create an edible version using a snack cake, candy and frosting.
People ask me all the time how my mind works…this is it =)
Once this idea was conceived, it took me mere minutes to turn my Swiss Roll into a penguin with orange slice feet, a marshmallow belly, Tootsie Roll wings, candy eyes, and an orange slice beak. I even added licorice feathers on one penguin’s head. Don’t ya just love ’em?
This project is as easy as the paper tube version, and if an adult cuts out the candy, even a young child could have fun creating his/her own sweet little penguin snack cake.
Snack Cake Penguins
- chocolate roll snack cakes (Little Debbie Swiss Rolls or something similar)
- orange slices/orange gumdrops
- Tootsie Rolls
- edible eyes
- frosting (or use Nutella, peanut butter or melted chocolate)
- optional, black licorice laces
- Flatten an orange slice into an even 1/4" thickness.
- Cut two feet and a beak.
- Cut a thin slice from each end of a marshmallow.
- Flatten a soft Tootsie Roll then roll it out thin.
- Cut two wings from the Tootsie Roll.
- Attach the candy decorations to the snack cake with frosting.
kitchen shears or a knife
optional: mini egg shaped or oval cookie cutter
Flatten an orange slice into an even 1/4″ thickness. Using kitchen shears or knife, cut two feet and a beak from the orange slice.Cut a thin slice from each end of a marshmallow. Eat the center piece or save for your hot cocoa.
Soften a Tootsie Roll in the microwave on high for 5 seconds. (This wont be necessary if you are fortunate enough to have really soft candies.) Roll your candy out thin. Cut two wings out using a cookie cutter, kitchen shears or a knife. Stretch the oval into a longer curved wing.
Attach all of the candy decorations to the snack cake with frosting making sure the orange slice feet go all the way to the back edge of the snack cake or your penguins will topple over. Add licorice feathers by poking pieces of black licorice laces into the penguins head. You can poke holes with a toothpick first if you need to.
Keep your penguins stored in an airtight container. While most penguins like the cold, these little guys prefer a nice balmy 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep them out of your refrigerator.
Nestle your penguins in a snowy scene, by sprinkling sugar onto a serving platter.
Items used to create this project can be purchased on Amazon.com (commission received for purchases)