1 box (18.25 ounces) yellow
cake mix, prepared as pound cake
cream-filled snack cakes (Funny Bones or Ho Hos)
5 plain bread sticks
4 chocolate-covered marshmallow
2 cans (16 ounces each)
prepared vanilla frosting
Yellow food coloring
1 can (16 ounces) prepared milk
1 each blue, white, and red
taffy strip (Air Heads)
2 brown candy-coated chocolates
1 cup prepared dark chocolate
3 pieces black licorice twists
Red paste food coloring
1 strip strawberry Fruit by the
3 large and 4 small yellow gum
drops, halved crosswise
Prepare 9- x 13-inch cake according to package directions for pound cake
version. Mark 1 3/4 inches and 3 1/4 inches up from one short end of the
cake. Cut a small wedge from the two bottom corners, 1”x 3”, to be used
for SpongeBob’s hands.
Cut one snack cake and place on the bottom edge of cake to form the top
of his legs. Cut the other snack cake in half on a diagonal for his
upper arms. Trim breadsticks for lower arms (3"), lower legs (4"), and
nose (1-1/2 "). Trim the thin side of the wedges you cut in Step 1 to
2-inch pieces for his hands.
Spoon 1 1/2 cups vanilla frosting into a small bowl; cover. Tint the
remaining vanilla frosting yellow. Spoon 3/4 cup of the yellow frosting
into a resealable bag; set aside. Frost the largest section yellow.
Frost the middle and upper arms with some of the white frosting. Frost
the lowest section and upper legs with the milk chocolate frosting.
Heat 1/4 cup of the vanilla frosting until it reaches the texture of
slightly whipped cream. Dip the longer breadsticks in frosting to coat
and place on cutting board to dry. Repeat process with 1/2 cup of the
yellow frosting. Dip the white legs in the yellow to cover half.
Eyes: Using a small juice glass, lightly press into the frosting
as a guide for his eyes. Fill in eyes with vanilla frosting. Cut 1-inch
circles from the blue taffy for the center of eyes and use chocolate
candies for pupils. Pipe an outline of dark-chocolate frosting around
each eye. Cut the licorice to use as lashes and press on top of the
Mouth: Use a toothpick to mark the mouth. Tint 3 tablespoons of
the milk chocolate frosting red, and spread inside the marked areas. Cut
a 2-inch piece of red taffy and shape as the tongue. Cut 2 rectangles of
white taffy for the teeth. Pipe an outline of dark-chocolate frosting
around the mouth.
Nose: Stick a toothpick in the cut end of nose piece and insert
into the cake on an angle.
Cheeks and chin: Pipe a thick wavy border of yellow around the
face and a circle of yellow on each cheek. Roll a thin line of red taffy
for the chin and cheek outline. Press halved yellow gum drops into cake
for the sponge holes.
Clothes: Cut and assemble tie from Fruit by the Foot strip. Pipe
outline of collar and tie. Press licorice pieces into chocolate frosting
for his belt.
Gently press the breadstick arms into upper arms. Attach the saluting
arm with a toothpick to secure. Attach the hands with a toothpick. Place
the breadstick legs below the thighs with the yellow side closer to
cake. Roll thin pieces of red and blue taffy to form sock lines. Cut a
1/2-inch wedge from each of the 2 trimmed marshmallow cookies and attach
the cookies (not the wedges) to the legs with a toothpick for the shoes.
Toothpicks are optional, but if you do use them, remember to remove all
toothpicks from nose, arms, hands, and shoes before serving.
Written by food stylist Karen Tack