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How to Make Beach Sand Cake

Updated April 17, 2017

With a beach sand cake, you can bring the beach indoors even if you're landlocked and it's cold. This design turns a basic layer cake into a beach theme, complete with surfboards and beach towels -- all edible. Add sparkler candles to turn this into a birthday cake featuring a miniature fireworks display. For a beach-themed wedding cake, stick the feet of a bride and groom topper in the sand. For a children's party, top the cake with plastic shovels and let your guests dig into the cake.

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  1. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions and bake it in the pan. Let the cake cool. Remove the cake from the pan and centre it on the cake board.

  2. Spread the frosting on the top and sides of the cake, using a spatula. Put the frosted cake in the freezer for 15 minutes to set the frosting. Remove the cake from the freezer.

  3. Spread the whipped topping over the top of the frosted cake.

  4. Divide the flaked coconut into four to six piles. Squeeze each pile into a mound. Place the coconut mounds on the whipped topping in no particular order.

  5. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the whipped topping and coconut mounds; the mounds will appear as sand dunes. Dust the graham cracker "sand" with lustre dust.

  6. Stick the paper umbrellas in the "sand." Cut the fruit leather into 1-by-3-inch rectangular "towels." Position the "towels" underneath the umbrellas.

  7. Trim three to six strips of striped fruit-flavoured gum into long ovals that resemble surfboards. Place the boards around the umbrellas. Add three to six ring-shaped candies, such as LifeSavers, next to the surfboards. Sprinkle rock candy randomly over the sand cake.

  8. Tip

    Use a cake board that has scalloped edges to give your finished cake a more polished appearance. For a tropical touch, stick four to six plastic palm trees in the cake sand.


    Do not decorate this cake more than a couple of hours before you serve it, as the whipped topping will begin to dissolve and make the cake soggy.

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Things You'll Need

  • Box cake mix in light colour, such as vanilla, lemon or confetti
  • Cake pan, 9-by-13-by-2-inches
  • Cake board, 10-by-14-inches
  • 3 cups white frosting
  • Spatula
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup lustre dust in yellow, silver or gold
  • 2 to 4 miniature paper umbrellas
  • Paring knife
  • Fruit leather
  • 3 to 6 slices of striped fruit-flavoured gum
  • 3 to 6 ring-shaped candies, such as LifeSavers
  • 1 cup rock candy
  • 4 to 6 plastic palm trees (optional)

About the Author

Miranda Brumbaugh enjoys covering travel, social issues, foster care, environmental topics, crafting and interior decorating. She has written for various websites, including National Geographic Green Living and Dremel. Brumbaugh studied in Mexico before graduating with a Master of Science in sociology from Valdosta State University.

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