One side of an appliance box (free for the asking at the store) was cut for the base. I lined the cupcakes up in 2's and 3's on the cardboard for the body and a wider triangle for his head, then I traced my lines onto the cardboard with pencil, trimmed out and covered with freezer wrap paper. A teeny bit of icing under each cupcake kept them in place for travel.
After the cupcakes were arranged closely together in the shape of the snake I squeezed buttercream icing in zigzags all over the top. With a spatula I smoothed the icing and built a little icing up in a bump for his eyes.
I used 2 small fondant balls for his eyes and colored them with icing markers.Fruit roll-up made the tongue