When I found out I was pregnant we went with an underwater fish theme for the nursery and figured to stick with it for the first birthday party as well.
I decorated the cake on the water side with pipping gel that I tinted light blue (just some advice I wish I would have thought of before is to put a border on the cake so the gel doesn't run) and I base iced the rest then added gold sanding sugar to make it look like sand.
I went to my local dollar store and bought a toy sand box kit that had a sand castle in it. I washed it first and then sprayed it with pam and added peanut butter ball mix.
(I don't know if many have heard of this. My grandmother used to make them all the time for the holidays. It just peanut butter, graham crackers and butter all mixed together and it looks like sand).
I made that the day before the party and let it sit in the frig in the sand castle until right before the party started. The bucket is a cupcake with the pipping gel inside to look like water.
Then for the fish cake for my son to dig into it's a 8" round cake cut in half to make the body and then I made a loaf cake and cut it into triangles to make the fins and a rectangular piece for the top fin.
My boyfriend's daughter is turning 11 and she begged me for a beached theme birthday party! I thought how cool would it be to make a birthday beach bash cake! So I looked around on the internet and found a few good web sites especially this website actually!
I used a few simple ingredients because I didn't have a lot of money to spend on the cake itself! The sand was constructed of simply brown sugar the light kind. The water was simply white icing with a little bit of a royal blue food coloring. The background things like the palm tree and the flip flops sunglasses were actually pop out stickers that I tapped the toothpicks to.
The pan that I chose to use was 9 x 13!, simply follow the directions on how to make the cake. Make sure that you butter and flour the pan really well so it will fall right out once cooled! Next get all your things ready for the cake like the icing and they decorations that you've already prepared such as the toothpicks in your stickers. My suggestion is to do the water first because once the brown sugar has been laid down the water cannot touch that part or it will stick to everything and brown sugar will get into your water!
Lastly, only I added a bag of seashells I bought at a craft store but before I put them anywhere near the cake I boiled them to disinfect them. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy my birthday beach bash cake.
This was a Pail of Sand Cake made for my little boy Josiah when he turned 3 years old. Our new pool was ready just in time and my husband had made a huge sand area beside it for the children to play in. This cake was perfect for our Josiah's pool party!
I used 3 new,(and clean!), pails with their shovels for serving. The cake is super easy to assemble, just cut any flavor cake into small pieces and layer with pudding and whipped topping. I used crushed vanilla cookies for sand and chocolate seashells for the top... so simple and cute! This cake was a hit, many guests thought it was a just a decoration. Imagine their surprise when we dished it out, and it was delicious!
Please note that this actual cake is entirely gluten free, (I used gluten free cake mix, cookies, and pudding). However, you can use any flavor cake, cookies, and pudding... the varieties are endless!