I iced a 9x13 cake with butter cream icing and airbrushed one half blue then used the flat spatula to make "swirls" and have some white show for this Luau Birthday Cake. You can also spread some clear piping gel over it and lightly airbrush it blue. It gives it a more realistic water effect.
On the other side I airbrushed it brown then before it could dry I used a small flat spatula to swirl it so that it would look lighter in some areas and to give it texture, then lightly sprayed it yellow. I then took some yellow sanding sugar and sprinkled it over the sand. You can also just use brown sugar. I then used a #18 border tip on the top and bottom. I used a #6 for the "towel" but a #48 looks the best. I then "striped" a small piping bag with a small strip of green then filled the rest of the bag with a lime green for a two toned swirled effect, and used #233 to pipe some grass.
Then I used Luau pics that can be purchased from party supply stores for the rest.
We had a Luau theme party for our 5 year old daughter. I stumbled upon this site and used the ideas I saw here to create this Luau beach party cake. I used 2 box cakes, 9X13 pan, stack cakes on top of each other. Ice in between and all around. I tinted half the vanilla icing with blue food color until I got the right shade.
I iced half in blue first to create the ocean, and the other in plain vanilla. I grated Nilla wafers for the beach sand right after icing so the crumbs would stick to the icing easily. Teddy grahams on pieces of fruit roll up for towels and a cocktail umbrella for shade. Gummy rings for tubes in the water and lifesavers for tubes on the beach.
Tree and flamingo from cake shop and I dyed coconut with green food coloring for the grass under the trees. Swedish fish and assorted gummy aquarium pieces accessorize the sides of the cake. The cake was a hit with our daughter, her guests and it was fun and easy too!
I made these Luau cupcakes for my son's school dance. I used chocolate and white cupcakes.
For the beach ones I spread icing on top and dipped in crushed graham crackers. I then put a dot of icing on a piece of a fruit roll up and attached to the top. I then did the same for a teddy graham. Then put a cocktail tooth pick in the "sand". I used palm trees but umbrellas will work also.
For the water ones I spread on icing very messily. Then airbrushed blue. You could also color the icing blue and spread it on. Then stuck a teddy graham in a gummy life saver to make it look like it was swimming.
These cupcakes were a major hit and I was asked to make them for our upcoming parent banquet.
I got this idea for this Luau Girl Birthday Cake from this site! I started out by making all of the flowers out of royal frosting two days before I decorated the cake. The only thing not edible was the steams used in the flowers and the Barbie. The flowers are supposed to look like hibiscus flowers.
I used a 14 inch round as the base and a Wilton Barbie pan for the Hula girl. I then put dowels under the Hula girl due to the weight of the girl. I used a buttercream frosting recipe by Wilton. I colored the frosting brown for the skirt. After the frosting was in place, I arranged the flowers.
It made the actual cake preparation so much faster doing the flowers ahead of time. It was a big hit!