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prep:
1 hr
total:
1 hr
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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To make the rocks:
  • 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.

To make lion:
  • 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.

To make hippo:
  • 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.

To make giraffes:
  • 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

To make elephant:
  • 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.

To make crocodiles:
  • Trim one
    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.

To make seals:
  • 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.

To make monkeys:
  • 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.

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