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
- 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.
kitchen shears or a knife
optional: mini egg shaped or oval cookie cutter
Flatten an orange slice into an even ¼" 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)
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Kelly at Little Wonders' Days
These are very cute! Visiting from TGIF.
These are adorable, I can see why you couldn't wait to share! I showed them to my daughter who loved them and when I told her they were made with Swiss Rolls she burst out in giggles! Nice job!
Sweet Bella Roos
Haha these are so cute (and so clever!) Would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party-- http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/07/26/pin-it-thursday4/
These are the cutest little penguins ever! They make me want to throw a penguin party! 🙂
So cute!!! I love these. OK, so if I am having a "winter wonderland" themed tea party (just so I could use these) what other food can be served? You are soooooooo creative.
Beth Jackson Klosterboer
Thanks. Check out my RECIPES page. You'll see pictures of all my projects including some really fun winter wonderland ideas. https://hungryhappenings.com/p/recipes.html Just click on the recipe title and you'll go to the tutorial page. Have fun!
I can't get over how cute these are! I love the setting you created for the photos too! How did you make it look like they were standing in snow?
Beth Jackson Klosterboer
Thanks, Janine. I sprinkled sugar on a platter and just nestled the penguins in the sugar snow. When I made the penguins, I made sure the orange slice feet covered the bottom of the snack cakes so that they could stand up all on their own.
my granddaughters are going to love these...so cute...
Oh my! Great post. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in a post about some home-made steak burgers I did. Have a lovely week.
Very cute! Actually I know some Australians who celebrate "Christmas in July" (because that's when it's winter there, and some of the traditional dishes taste best) so this topic is, well, seasonal. For them. 😉 Really good stuff - thanks.
The Mandatory Mooch
These little guys are too cute!! What fun!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It's a new linky party starting today. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi
So cute!!!!!!!!! I am hosting an "Ice ice baby!" pool party for my son this weekend and these will be on the menu!!!!
Love these little snack cakes! Every time you post a snack cake cutie, I always think...now this one is my favorite!!
commercial refrigerator repair
looks cute and eye candy!
I love these! You have such a creative mind. Thanks for sharing.
Dixie n Dottie
These are simply adorable! Very creative!
Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com
Awww...these are so cute!
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
Those are just super duper cute!
Rina @ Bento School Lunches
They are super cute and my son love Penguins! I am definitely going to show him and thanks for the tutorial:)
Patricia @ ButterYum
This is such a stinking cute idea that I can hardly stand it. My oldest son (who is well into his 20s) loves these snack cakes, and he also loves penguins. Naturally, I'm going to have to make these for him the next time he comes for dinner. I think he'll get a huge kick out of them. Thanks for the great idea.
Beth Jackson Klosterboer
I'd love to hear how your son reacts. My husband loved them. Of course he'd eat anything that combines chocolate and cake =)
Lindsay Ann @ Dollhouse Bake Shoppe
Eeeek, so cute hehe 🙂 They look like the daddys of my tiny little babay penguin pops, I'll have to remember to share in Dec!