This colourful snake uses a delicious truffle mixture that children will love. It is easy to mould and is made from cake crumbs that are left over when other cakes are shaped. Keep cake trimmings in bags in the freezer for occasions just like this.
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- 90 g (3 oz) royal icing
- brown, pink, yellow, green, black and red food colourings
- 75 g (2½ oz) light brown sugar
- 750 g (1½ lb) cake crumbs
- 90 g (3 oz) apricot jam
- 90 ml (3 fl oz) evaporated milk
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla essence
- 185 g (6 oz) chocolate, melted
- 600 g (1¼ lb) sugarpaste
- 28 cm (11 inch) round cake board
- 2 small round cutters
- narrow pink ribbon
Decorating the board
Colour the royal icing brown with a few drops of food colouring and spread over the cake board. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and leave to dry.
Mix together the cake crumbs, apricot jam, evaporated milk and vanilla essence in a bowl, then slowly pour in the melted chocolate, stirring continuously, until a firm paste forms. If the truffle paste is too dry it will crumble and be difficult to mould — add a little more evaporated milk. If it is too soft it will not hold its shape — add a few more cake crumbs.
Roll the truffle paste into a sausage shape about 60 cm (24 inches) long. Colour 500 g (1 lb) of the sugarpaste bright pink, then roll out 375 g (12 oz) of it into a long narrow strip on a surface dusted with icing sugar and brush with water. Wrap around the truffle paste, taking care to seal the join. Arrange the body shape in a coil on the cake board with the join underneath. Shape the head from the remaining pink sugarpaste and attach to the body. Shape the end of the tail to a point.
Colour 60 g (2 oz) of the sugarpaste yellow and 30 g (1 oz) green. Roll out very thinly and use the cutters to make circles of yellow paste and slightly smaller circles of green. Attach the yellow circles to the snake with a little water and position a green circle on top of every other one.
Colour 7 g (¼ oz) of the sugarpaste black and 7g(¼ oz) red. Shape eyes, nose and tongue from black, red and white paste and attach to the snake with a little water. Trim the board with pink ribbon, securing with double-sided tape.