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Mom Wakes Up At 5 A.M. To Transform 5 Ordinary Bundt Cakes Into An Unforgettable Cobra Cake

ileana by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Every parent wants to be the best parent they can be for their kids — anytime a kid asks their parent for something, they want to go above and beyond to give them something spectacular.

One mom, Kristi, wanted to make her son something special when he was moving up from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.

She wanted her creation to show how proud she was of her son, so when inspiration struck, she went with it.

Because her son’s Cub Scouts den was the “Cobra Den,” Kristi decided to make a snake Bundt cake for his Blue & Gold Ceremony.

In order to make the cake, Kristi woke up at 5 a.m. to bake five Bundt cakes. After the cakes were done, she sliced them all down the middle.

Read below to find out how she turned the Bundt cake halves into a cobra!

[H/T: Schooled In Love]

plank aluminum foil

Kristi wrote:

You need a 6-inch 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 a.m., so the cake would be ready to decorate by 9 a.m. *Yawn*

snake head

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 rice cereal.

You’ll need 2 batches for this cake. Allow this to cool for about five to 10 minutes.

What you’re looking for is the rice to not be gooey and be able to hold its shape.

bundt cake

You’ll need five 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 lease ONE there — or borrow a friend’s.

I found that a good baking time for a Bundt pan was 325 degrees 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.

snake bundt cake

Stagger the cakes on the foil-covered plank, so that you’re creating a continuous “S” shape.

Without the head, this reminds me of pipes. If you have a plumber in your life, this might be a good idea, too!

cut bundt cake

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.

cake snake

In this step, a couple of things have happened.

First, that slightly smaller 1/4 piece has connected the body to the head piece, 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.

snake head

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!

snake shape

Continue shaping the snake head until it really looks like a cobra — it should have the extended neck just like the real animal.

If you need help imagining the way a cobra looks, print out some photos for reference.

bake snake cake

Next, Kristi explained:

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!

snake frosting

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. 

frosted snake head

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.

snake back

What do you think of this snake cake? Would you try to make one for your kids or grandkids?

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