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.
Have you ever made an animal out of a paper towel tube or other cardboard tube? I saw the cutest penguin paper tube craft today. It inspired me to make these adorable chocolate penguin cakes. They will look so cute alongside my Chocolate Penguin Truffles and Penguin Pretzels.
I figured if you could make a penguin using a cardboard tube, paper, and glue, I could create an edible version using a snack cake, candy, and frosting.
To keep this food craft easy, I chose to use store-bought snack cakes. I used Little Debbie Swiss Rolls but Hostess HoHos or Drakes Yodels will work too.
I used marshmallows, orange slices (gumdrops), Tootsie Rolls, candy eyes, and black licorice (optional) to decorate my sweet penguins.
If an adult cuts out the candy, a young child could have fun decorating his/her own sweet little penguin snack cake.
So, let's make some penguins.
Chocolate Cake Roll Penguins
chocolate cake rolls - Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, Hostess HoHos, or Drakes Cakes Yodels
orange slices or orange gumdrops
optional black licorice laces
kitchen shears or a knife
optional: mini egg-shaped or oval cookie-cutter
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Decorate your penguin snack cakes.
Flatten an orange slice into an even ¼" thickness. Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut two feet and a beak from the orange slice.
Cut a thin slice from each end of a marshmallow. Eat the sticky center piece or save it for your hot cocoa.
Soften a Tootsie Roll in the microwave on high for 5 seconds. (This won't 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 penguin's head. You can poke holes with a toothpick first if you need to.
Keep your penguins stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. While most penguins like the cold, these little guys prefer a nice balmy 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep them out of your refrigerator.
If you are looking for more cute penguin-themed dessert ideas or other fun kid's treats, be sure to check these out.
I created this cute wintertime scene with sugar snow and a blue paper backdrop. I love how the penguin cakes stand up in the snow.
- 1 chocolate roll snack cakes Little Debbie Swiss Rolls or something similar
- 1 orange slices/orange gumdrops
- 1 marshmallows
- 1 Tootsie Rolls
- 2 edible eyes
- frosting or use Nutella, peanut butter or melted chocolate
- optional black licorice laces
Flatten an orange slice into an even ¼" 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.
Store your snack cake penguins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.