This week’s Halloween treat brought to you by a Sneaky Snake cake. I adapted this recipe from countryliving.com and an article on impressive halloween cakes.
A white cake layered with simple vanilla buttercream frosting and black sanding sugar to resemble that sneaky snake! It was super duper fun to make and somewhat challenging as I am not an expert in stenciling cakes yet!
Halloween is almost here!
I can’t believe Halloween is almost here! Only a few weeks away, but my kids remind me everyday! I can’t help be a sucker for this holiday as well! Halloween costumes are almost all bought, scary movies are in full effect in our home, and of course candy, candy, candy!
So trying my hand at this sneaky snake cake was super fun. I love a good challenge and cake stenciling was interesting. Practice make perfect, so as Dory would say, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”
Ingredients in a sneaky snake cake
Tools needed for a sneaky snake cake
Tips and tricks
- You can use any boxed cake flavor from the store or even use homemade as well
- I used black sanding sugar but black non-perils can be used as well
- Other snake templates can be used along with making a different size of cake. Other templates that are free online include this one and this one!
- I used a template cut out of parchment paper, but you can also use stencil paper to make a snake.
How to make a sneaky snake cake
A sneaky snake cake is pretty easy! It is also fun for all involved!
First, make the cake according to the directions on the box. Once it is baked, level and torte it. Place on a cake plate.
Second, make your buttercream frosting. Layer the entire cake in frosting. Set aside.
Third, Cut out the snake template and place it on top of the cake. Add the sanding sugar and using the back of a spoon, push in down into the cake. Freeze the cake for 15 minutes and take it out. Peel away the template and there you have it!
Lastly, after you admire the beautiful creation, serve and enjoy!
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Sneaky Snake cake
- Electric hand mixer
- Stand mixer with paddle attachment
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Offset spatula
- 2 9 in round cake pans
- 1 15.25 ox White cake mix
- 4 large egg whites
- 1¼ cup water
- ½ cup vegetable oil
Vanilla buttercream frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup black sugar
White cake mix
- Preheat oven to 350 °. Grease two 9 inch round cake pans and place a parchment round on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
- Prepare the white cake mix as directed on the box. Add to both cake pans evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then put on cooling rack to complete cooling.
Vanilla buttercream frosting
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Slowly add in the confectioner's sugar, salt, heavy cream and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy and you reach your desired consistency.
Assembly of the sneaky snake cake
- Level and torte both cakes. Place one cake on a cake board. Add a dollop of frosting in the center and spread evenly. Place the other cake on top. Apply a crumb coating to the outside. Put in fridge for 15 minutes.
- Take cake out of the fridge and apply the rest of the buttercream frosting. Center the snake stencil atop the cake and gently smooth flat. Fill in the stencil with the black sugar, pressing them softly into the icing with the back of a spoon. Chill the cake in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove the stencil.
- Serve and enjoy!
fun fact of the day!
The white house is haunted! For all you political lovers out there!