Snake Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Snake Birthday Cake Design

Sweet! How to make a snake birthday cake with cupcakes. Easy, step-by-step recipe, diagrams and pictures


  • Green food coloring
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • 1 graham-cracker square
  • 10 unfrosted cupcakes baked in green paper liners*
  • 1 large bag (21 oz) M&M's Minis
  • 1 large bag (21 oz) M&M's
  • 1 (2-inch) piece red fruit leather

What you'll need:

  • A serving platter

For the frosting:

Add a few drops of the food coloring to the vanilla frosting to tint it a very pale green.

For the snake's head:

  1. Cut the graham cracker into a 1 ½-inch triangle.
  2. Spread a small amount of frosting on top of one of the cupcakes.
  3. For the snake's snout, attach the graham-cracker triangle so one corner hangs over the side.
  4. Completely cover the cupcake and graham cracker with more frosting.
  5. Spread the remaining frosting over the other cupcakes.

Assembling the snake:

  1. Decorate the top of the cupcakes with the M&M's, as pictured.
  2. Arrange the cupcakes into an S-shape on a serving platter.
  3. Cut the fruit leather into a forked-tongue shape.
  4. Insert fruit leather under the graham cracker for the snake's tongue.

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Cake Anatomy:

snake anatomy

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