Summer beach cake

I made a cake with a beach scene for a friend’s daughter’s 6th birthday party using a full sheet cake pan. I made a chocolate cake with buttercream icing, half tinted with aqua food coloring. This was also in June, probably my most busiest cake month!

I used crushed graham crackers for the sand, pirolines for the palm tree trunks, teddy grahams (piped w/ bathing suits on), pretzels for the pier, lifesavers, and paper drink umbrellas for the beach umbrella. The palm leaves and various sea creatures were made out of royal icing. I also used royal icing as “glue” for the pretzel pier and this worked out much better than using chocolate as I had done with the pretzel fence for the farm cake. I also made some cool surfboards using royal icing (the night before), but somehow it didn’t set fast enough so I couldn’t use them the next morning. I was planning on putting a teddy or two on the surfboards on top of huge waves…bummer…

The birthday girl loved it nonetheless and even helped decorate her cake by placing the sea creatures where she wanted them to be.

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  1. Clea Said:

    We absolutley loved this cake. DD is trying to make something similar for her 4-H cake. Do you have any suggestions for her to get the graham crackersto stick to the sides? Any help would be very appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Clea

    • frazi Said:

      Hello,

      I’m not sure what you mean by graham crackers sticking to the sides…

      Do you mean after they are crushed to look like sand? If so, then press the graham cracker crumbs onto the sides of the cake soon after it is frosted, before the frosting “hardens”. The frosting is a good glue to get the graham cracker crumbs to stick to it.

      If, however, you are referring to using graham crackers for the pier, you can use melted chocolate or cookie icing to glue them together. To support them, you can you pretzel sticks or pocky sticks underneath.

      Hope this helps!
      Frazi

  2. Michele Said:

    Trying to make palm trees with royal icing for my twins beach cake. How did you form the leaves? Did you pipe them with a tip over something to give them shape? And did you pipe each one individually and then attach them together with r.i.? and lastly did you pipe the teddy grahams with royal icing too? Thank you!!!!

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Michele,

      Yeah! I hope your twins like the cake!

      For the palm trees, I used royal icing with the “leaf” piping tip (I forget the tip number). I piped the palm leaves side by side on a strip of wax paper and then place the wax paper on top of a curved surface, like a pvc pipe or boom whackers (kids toy). I would use a large diameter pipe to form the curves, if you use a smaller diameter pipe, then pipe thinner leaves so they balance better on your piroline sticks. I place the longer leaves on the pirolines first and use the shorter leaves for the top because it balances better, i.e., the leaves won’t fall off. I use regular frosting to hold the leaves onto the pirolines because royal icing takes too long to “set”. Then again, you can use a thicker version of the royal icing (like that used for gingerbread houses) so it “sets” faster.

      Hope this helps! Please send a link to your beach cake! I’d love to see it!

      Frazi

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Michele,

      Yes, for the teddy grahams, I piped them with royal icing as well, using a small open tip, like #2.

      Frazi

  3. Michele Said:

    Hi there. I finished the cake and it was a huge hit. Thank you soooo much for all your guidance. I’d love to share a few pictures with you. Send me your email and I’ll send them. Thanks again – Michele Montana

    • frazi Said:

      Yeah! That’s great! Looking forward to seeing the pix! :)

  4. emily Said:

    I luv ur cake, I want to make one similar to that for my birthday! Which is better for the sand -graham cracker(crushed) or brown sugar. I luv this so much

    Emily :D

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Emily,
      So sorry for the late reply! I just started a new job and have been busy to the gills!
      I think either brown sugar or crushed graham crackers will work well for the sand. I prefer to use the graham crackers because it is not as sweet as pure sugar.
      Hope that helps!
      Frazi

  5. Emily Said:

    So cool :Q LALALALALA

    • frazi Said:

      Thanks! I’m so happy you like it! Please send a pix for the cake you make on your birthday. I’d love to see it!

      Frazi

  6. Paden Said:

    I used your idea for my daughter’s first birthday cake today and It WAS AWESOME!!! Thanks!!! Mine was a little different but I would like to show you.

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Paden,

      I’m glad you tried it! Yes, please send me a pix of how it turned out. I’d love to see it!

      Frazi

  7. Michele Said:

    Making this cake ! Ready to frost it tomorrow…. will let you know how it turns out- my kiddo will be 9 and thanks for posting this cake, she found it on her own…..online….so thanks.

  8. Jen Said:

    Love it!
    I am going to be making a cake very similar to this for my son’s 2nd birthday next month. (Just with some different “decorations” on the beach”
    I’m curious as to what size sheet pan you used. You had plenty of room for decoration on yours, I don’t want to end up having to cram things on.
    Thanks!

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Jen,

      I don’t really remember, but I did put in the blog a full sheet, so I must have used a 18×14 pan. Another thing I do sometimes is bake two 9×13 pans and just put them side by side. You can’t tell w/ the frosting!

      Hope this helps and let me know how it turns out!

      frazi

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    • frazi Said:

      Hi!

      Thanks for the link to my blog! Thanks also for linking to your finished cake. I think it looks great and I hope you had a lot of fun!

      Frazi

  10. L Said:

    Hi! I love your cake design. I have a beach themed party coming up and would love to make a cake like this. Except for the creatures I have most the “ingredients”. How did you make the warf? i have pretzels but wasn’t sure how to “stick” them together in the same manner you did. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • frazi Said:

      Hi L,

      For the wharf, I glued the pretzel sticks together using royal icing. I had tried using chocolate before but that didn’t glue it as strongly as the royal icing. Use a thicker royal icing so it’s easier to stick the pretzels together.

      Good luck and have fun! Hope it all works out and send me pix if you can…would love to see it!

      Frazi

  11. not2crumby Said:

    Love it! It turned out Super Cute…I think I am going to use your idea for the dock, I would have never thought about using pretzel sticks!! I’m going to try this one. :)

  12. Traci Said:

    I’m having my daughter’s 2nd birthday party Saturday! I am doing this cake and I’m so excited!! :) I attempted a few royal icing things about a month ago but they didn’t turn out and they broke too. I am just going to use some plastic sea creatures. Will buttercream frosting be ok to use as a glue for the pier and also the teddy grahams suits? Thanks! LOVE your cake!!

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Traci,

      So sorry! I’m so behind on my blog and haven’t checked until recently.

      I hope your cake turned out beautifully…I’m sure it did. For future reference, white chocolate is probably better than milk chocolate. Milk chocolate melts easily whereas white does not. If your royal icing is not holding up, use less water in your royal icing to make it less watery. Piping it will be tougher, but it will dry faster and hold the pretzels in place better. I think adding cream of tarter can also help (I remember reading that somewhere, to make icing for gingerbread houses), but I can’t remember where I saw that. You can try googling it.

      As for the clothes on the bears, regular frosting should work, but it can smudge more easily since it doesn’t really harden. So long as you don’t handle the bears too much after piping their clothes on, it should be okay.

      Hope that helps and again, so sorry for the delay! Please send a pix of your cake if you can. Would love to see it!

      Frazi

  13. Ashlei Said:

    how did you make the sea creatures? did you use royal icing, or fondant?

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Ashlei,

      I used royal icing. Lately, though, I’ve been using softened tootsie rolls and starbursts to make small things. I think do what you feel most comfortable with.

      Good luck and send me a pix as I’d love to see it!

      Frazi

  14. Annie Said:

    Thanks so much for this!
    I used it for my school assignment in Food tech and I got great marks :D

  15. emily Said:

    i love this cake

  16. Tracy Said:

    adorable cake! a customer spotted it so I am recreating it! I love the teddy beach goers!!

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  18. tag79 Said:

    I fell in love with this cake and I’m attempting to make a similar cake for my son’s birthday. I was wondering if I can do anything in advance. Did you make this cake the day of the party? Can I make it and keep it in the fridge or freezer? I’m guessing that it won’t survive a hot day outside…
    Thanks :-)

    • frazi Said:

      Hi there,

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for liking the content. :)

      I hope I’m not too late in answering your question! Good luck w/ the cake!

      Here are some things that you can do in advance:

      1. You can make the cake 1 day ahead. I would recommend covering your cake with plastic wrap very well when storing in the refrigerator. It helps to keep the cake moist prevents it from getting dry. It also makes it easier to frost the cake, so there is less crumbs!

      2. You can crush the graham crackers in advance. Just keep in a ziploc back for freshness.

      3. You can decorate the teddy grahams w/ the royal icing in advance. Once the royal icing dries, just store the teddy grahams in a ziploc bag.

      4. You can make the royal icing in advance as this keeps at room temperature very well. Do not use raw egg whites for the royal icing. Use the powdered egg whites instead.

      5. You can make the frosting in advance. Just cover the bowl very well so the frosting does not dry out in the refrigerator. Before frosting the cake, take the frosting out of the fridge so it warms up a little. It will help make frosting the cake easier w/ less crumbs if the frosting is warm and more spreadable. If you try to frost the cake w/ cold frosting, it might tear chunks out of the cake and cause more crumbs to get on the frosting, which doesn’t look as nice.

      6. You can make the pretzel pier in advance. Just store them in a cool dry place in a ziploc bag.

      7. You can make the sea creatures and palm leaves also in advance. Just place them in a tupperware after they have fully dried after you have piped them.

      I would not recommend making the palm trees in advance as these are pretty fragile. I usually save them for last and sometimes make them once the cake is settled into the final location.

      I think this can survive a hot day pretty well if you decorate the cake and leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours before the party in the sun. It helps to have the cake in the shade. If the cake is cool because you made it in advance and stored in the fridge, then I think this cake will do well in the heat, but not for long hours in the heat.

      Hope this helps!
      Frazi

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      Hello, I’m using wordpress.com as the blog hosting site.

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