My friends had recently gotten back from a holiday in Thailand so we had a joint belated birthday party for them. I'd like to thank all the previous 'beach cake' submissions on this site as I combined a whole heap of information and ideas from them all to come up with this one!
The cake was just a butter cake and then I covered it all with butter cream - half blue and half white. The blue half was easy to do as you could do it really messy so it looked like waves! I then added white tips to some of the waves. I used crushed up (vitamised) plain teddy bear biscuits and brown sugar for the sand (over the white butter cream)- and word of warning - it went everywhere! I did this bit last! It was really hard to stick the sea shells on after the sand went on as there was nothing for it to stick too - so next time I wouldn't put the sand on the edges.
I had made the decorations about a week in advance. I had a mold for the sea shells. I made beach towels, beer bottles, wine glasses, star fish, fish and dolphins. On the day I also made seaweed from green fondant and used color cashews for the coral. I had made my own surfboards but found these ones in the cake decorating shop and they looked better so I used them instead. A friend loaned me the palm tree and I used a cocktail umbrella for the umbrella.
The Mommy-to-be loves the beach and she loves chocolate so I made a milk chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and added mini-chocolate chips. I used one box of cake mix divided by a round pan, an oval pan and two mini-round pans to create levels of the sand castle (I used dowels between layers to help support the cake).
I covered the Beach Baby Shower Cake in butter-cream frosting tinted with copper and brown (to create as close to sand-color as possible).
For the "sand" I put vanilla wafers into a blender on the chop cycle. I made a mixture of the ground wafers, brown sugar and sugar in the raw. I used a sifter to dust the frosted cake for a sand effect. It was a little challenging to get the sand to stick so I basically molded the cake with my hands as I would a real sand castle.
To create the "towers" I used ice cream cones (squared & cone shaped) covered in frosting and then rolled/molded with the sand mixture.
The shells were created using vanilla melts (with delphinium blue tint) and placed in Wilton shell molds. The baby was created using fondant.
This Beach Cake was made from a rectangle pan. I made the volley ball net out of pretzel sticks and royal icing. The surf shop has 2 gum cut out surf boards. The shop is a muffin with pretzels for the roof, yellow icing, black icing for the door. The sign is made from a Hershey chocolate bar cut down and the wording is from using royal icing. The pier is made from a Hershey bar cut down and glued with chocolate melted. The pier ropes are made with the royal icing and pretzel stick cut in half and glues on with chocolates melted.
I used teddy grahams that I dressed using royal icing or you could use regular icing. The trees are made with royal icing and pretzel sticks. Everything is edible on this cake. The Whale was a cut out cake from a loaf pan and iced. The water is just blue icing using a knife and bringing the icing up to look like waves.