I made this Coral Reef cake for my little one, the idea came from her name which means PEARL, so I decided to be something related to the reef...it was an easy cake really!!
I baked two different sizes round chocolate cakes (one medium and the other one is really small, more like a big muffin) and put the little one on top close to the edge. Then I frosted them with chocolate butter cream so they looked like a rock (usually I put my cake in freezer for a couple of hours before icing, this make it easier.
Before preparing the cake, and by using royal icing, I colored small amounts of icing in different colors, and I marbled some of them. I formed a big clam shell, other reef plants, some shells, and a star fish. I let them dry for couple of days.
Then I used butter cream to stick them on the cake and I used a ball bubble gum as a Pearl and some silver cachous around it! The good thing about this cake is that you don't have to be PERFECT in icing, and you can create the scene you like.
This cake is a double layer 12" X 18" sheet cake that was made for a bridal shower. The bride and groom were going on a cruise for their honeymoon and wanted a beach theme / fantasy cake. The cake was filled and covered in buttercream frosting. I used gold sanding sugar for the beach sand and the ocean waters were aqua tinted buttercream covered with tinted gel. The gel was purchased - made by Wilton. It comes in a clear form which can be tinted as desired. The large shell was made from a candy mold using a basic sugar mold recipe. The small shells were made using white chocolate, slightly marbled with colored candy melts, using a candy mold. The King Neptune and Mermaid were purchased, as was the two small dolls (Polly Pockets). The beach blanket was made from fondant and the accessories such as the picnic basket, camera and soda cans were from a child's Barbie collection. The cake was a big success - everyone loved it !!
This is a homemade beach theme birthday cake I made for a friend's surprise birthday party. I'd seen a couple similar to this online, but added my own flair to represent the guest of honor.
It's two 10" cakes, one yellow, one devil's food, with a layer of fudge filling in between. It's frosted with homemade buttercream that was dyed with Wilton food coloring, allowed to set on the sides and then smoothed out. I then created the beach out of crushed vanilla sandwich cookies, and added more blue frosting to look like waves. The flip flops, beach chair, blanket, seashells, and starfish are all hand-sculpted out of marshmallow fondant.
I waited for the "waves" to set, and then painted the tips with darker blue food coloring, and then with white buttercream to look more realistic. Everything on this homemade beach theme birthday cake is edible except for the umbrella and beach sign. I also made over 100 matching beach cupcakes.
My friend William was turning 50 and goes to the beach at least twice a week- all summer. A Homemade California Beach Cake was an obvious choice for his birthday. The cake itself is a modified mix. 2 boxes of yellow cake made with 3 whole eggs, 3 egg whites, 1 1/2 c milk, 1 1/2 c water and 2/3 c oil.
The icing is a basic Butter Cream. I dirty iced it with a medium consistancy icing so the "sand" would stick. Then I added blue food coloring and more sugar to make it stiff so the waves would stand up. I saved a bit of white for "white capss" on the waves.
The sand is a combo of Vanilla waffers and Brown Sugar. All the decorations on the cake are made of fondant and are edible. Even the Happy 50th sign! The writing was done in black food coloring and vodka