Hungry Happenings: Snack Cake Penguins - a great treat to celebrate Christmas in July

Monday, July 23, 2012

Snack Cake Penguins - a great treat to celebrate Christmas in July


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

You'll need:

chocolate roll snack cakes (Little Debbie Swiss Rolls or something similar)
orange slices/orange gumdrops
marshmallows
Tootsie Rolls
edible eyes
frosting (or use Nutella, peanut butter or melted chocolate)
optional, black licorice laces

Supplies:

kitchen shears or a knife
rolling pin
optional: mini egg shaped or oval cookie cutter
optional: toothpick

Instructions:


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.


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36 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. 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.

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    1. I'd love to hear how your son reacts. My husband loved them. Of course he'd eat anything that combines chocolate and cake =)

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  3. They are super cute and my son love Penguins! I am definitely going to show him and thanks for the tutorial:)

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  4. These are simply adorable! Very creative!
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love these! You have such a creative mind. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Love these little snack cakes! Every time you post a snack cake cutie, I always think...now this one is my favorite!!

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  7. So cute!!!!!!!!! I am hosting an "Ice ice baby!" pool party for my son this weekend and these will be on the menu!!!!

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  8. 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
    http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/07/tasty-thursdays-1.html

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. my granddaughters are going to love these...so cute...

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  12. 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?

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    1. 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.

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  13. 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.

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    1. Thanks. Check out my RECIPES page. You'll see pictures of all my projects including some really fun winter wonderland ideas. http://www.hungryhappenings.com/p/recipes.html Just click on the recipe title and you'll go to the tutorial page. Have fun!

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  14. These are the cutest little penguins ever! They make me want to throw a penguin party! :)

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  15. 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/

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  16. 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!

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  17. Aww, how fun! These would be cute for a winter themed birthday party!

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  18. BETH! I'm totally making these! Swiss Rolls just got added to my grocery list :) Sharing on Facebook now! Oh yeah, and pinning of course ;)

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  19. So cute! The things you do with snack cakes:)

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  20. Beth, these are darling! Seriously these are super cute! Thanks for sharing them at TGIF!
    Beth =-)

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  21. Hi Beth! We didn't get a chance to actually meet at the St. Louis Food Media Forum. Thanks for the PB Starfish and the little attached tag. That's how I was able to find you :) Are you in St. Louis?? Look forward to connecting. Have a fabulous week!

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    1. Hi Kelly, I sure wish I could have had a chance to meet everyone but it was a jam packed weekend. I had a great time and really learned a lot. I'm glad you enjoyed the starfis. I can't wait to find time to visit everyone's blog.

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  22. I am in love with these! They are SO cute! I'm so pinning them so I can find them later! :) I'm also your newest follower! I LOVE your ideas and can't wait to see more!

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  23. Adorableness! I'm so glad you shared these now. LOVE the one with the hair.

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  24. I teach 3rd grade and this week's story is a nonfiction penguin selection and these are so adorable I think we'll have to make them Friday! Thanks for sharing. The kids will love these!!!

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  25. Oh my gosh I love these and all of your cute ideas! So clever!

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  26. I love these! Will definitely try to make them this Christmas! Thanks!

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  27. Great photos! I love the one that shows all the parts ready for assembly. I can't wait to make these cute little guys! : )

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    1. Are you feeling a little like Christmas in July! It's so hot here that those penguins sitting in the snow look very appealing to me. These are definitely a fun and easy project to do, and I hope you enjoy making them.

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