Tint 2/3 cup of the vanilla frosting
light gray using black food coloring.
Spoon 1/4 cup of the vanilla frosting
into a resealable plastic bag. Tint the
remaining vanilla frosting blue with
neon food coloring. Spoon the
dark-chocolate frosting into separate
resealable plastic bags. Press out the
excess air from the bags, seal and snip
a small (1/8 inch) corner from each bag.
Place the graham
cracker on a wire rack placed over a
cookie sheet. Cut a few of the
marshmallows into large pieces.
Arrange the marshmallows on top of
the graham cracker, using some
frosting to secure, to look like a tumble
of rocks. Heat the gray frosting in the
microwave, stirring every few seconds
until it is the texture of lightly
whipped cream. Pour some of the
frosting over the marshmallows to
coat. Spoon the excess frosting into a
resealable plastic bag to be used for
the elephant. Set rocks aside.
Cut 3 circus peanuts
lengthwise into thirds. Cut each piece
in half. Working on the cut edge, make
zigzag cuts to make the mane (they will look like duck feet). Pinch the opposite
end. Spread some of the vanilla
frosting on top of a golden Oreo. Dip
the cookie into the yellow sugar to
coat. Pipe white dots and add mini
chips for the eyes. Pipe the mouth and
whiskers with the dark-chocolate
frosting. Add a small triangle of circus
peanut for the nose. Set aside.
Cut one Nutter
Butter cookie in half crosswise (you'll
use only half). On a second Nutter
Butter, pipe dots of vanilla frosting and
attach mini chips for eyes. Use frosting
to secure orange Froot Loops as the
nostrils and ears. Set aside.
Trim a small
wedge from one short end on each of
the 2 remaining circus peanuts. Cut a
short end of each sugar wafer and
attach to circus peanut, cut end to cut
end, using some dark-chocolate
frosting. Pipe spots and attach
mini-chip eyes. Set aside.
6 To make elephant: Remove
Remove the cream
filling from the remaining 2 golden
Oreos. Spread some of the excess gray
frosting on top of cookies. Dip cookies
in the white decorating sugar to coat.
Pipe white dots and add mini-chip eyes.
Attach 4 purple Froot Loops with
frosting as the trunk. Set aside.
Nutter Butter cookie in half
lengthwise. Trim the final Nutter
Butter cookie to create a triangleshaped
face. Spread the cookie pieces
with vanilla frosting. Dip in the green
decorating sugar to coat. Cut 2 green
Froot Loops and attach as eyes. Pipe
white dots; add mini chips as pupils.
Pipe on chocolate nostrils. Set aside.
Cut a few spearmint leaves into
triangles for scales; set aside.
Cut 2 of the mini
Oreos in half to make 3 fins. Cut a
large Oreo in half to make 2 bodies.
Cut another Oreo into a triangle to
make the balancing seal. Remove the
cream from remaining Oreo and cut in
half to make 2 fins. Trim 1 mini Oreo for
the seal face. Attach a mini chip with
chocolate frosting as eye. Set aside.
Cut red Froot Loops to make the monkey muzzles.
Add a Froot Loop piece to the lower
half of 3 mini Oreos. Pipe white dots
and add mini chips for eyes. Set aside.
Cut several spearmint leaves into
thirds lengthwise to make 3 leaf
shapes out of each candy. Cut some
of these in half lengthwise to make
smaller leaves; set aside for later.
Break off the undipped ends of the
Pocky Sticks and set aside. Trim the
chocolate-coated Pocky Stick pieces
to match the height of each layer of
the frosted cake.
Place a cake layer on a serving
platter. Spread some of the blue
frosting on top. Add the other cake
layer. Place rock pile on top of cake.
Spread blue frosting on top and sides
of the cake, making the sides smooth.
Use the back of a small spoon to
make waves on top of the cake and
around the rock pile.
Press the Pocky Sticks, vertically
and evenly spaced, around the sides of
the cake as the bars of the animals'
cage. Arrange all the animals between
the Pocky bars and add saved
spearmint leaves (from Step 10) to fill
in blank spots. For the giraffe: Apply
the four undipped pieces of the saved
Pocky Sticks (from Step 11) to construct
the giraffe's ears. For the crocodile:
Apply saved spearmint triangles (from
Step 7) to construct the crocodile's
scales. Pipe any other animal parts
using the photo as a guide. Add the
seals on top of the cake and stick red
gum ball to the upright seal's nose with
a bit more frosting.