August 26, 2013
Miss Cozy and I whipped up this fun cake prior to our beach trip, and although there are quite a few elements to gather, the finished result is adorable (and delicious).
Here what you need to collect, I found all the edible items at our grocery store, the Wilton icing color at the craft store and beach cake toppers on amazon. Also add to list: Nilla Wafers (big box).
#2: Whip up some buttercream icing (recipe here), put about a cup and a half to the side. With buttercream, ice between the layers and around the edges, leaving the top of the cake icing free.
#3: Next take your Nilla Wafers (or any butter cookie) and crush almost to dust. Remove the uncrushed chunks. This will be your sand.
#4: Spread "sand" over half of the top of the cake, or customize beach-water proportions depending on which you like best!
#5: Using icing you set aside, tint blue and put in piping bag with #2D tip. Pipe on "waves" on un-sanded half of cake, curving the tip back on itself for a wave shape.
#6: Unwrap Kit Kats and break in pairs (keep two connected). Using a little of the plain icing, line the Kit Kats around the edge of the cake -- they stick! This is your "driftwood." I used a large flat pack of Kit Kats, you'll need the largest size they sell.
#7: Cut ribbon of your choice (I used light blue with white polka dots to match our retro beach dinner table) and tie around Kit Kat circumference. Don't pull too tight, your Kit Kats will buckle! Tie in bow.
#8: Time to decorate! We used plastic cake toppers for our sand portion (complete with teddy sunbather) and peach rings as innertubes with happy floating bears!
I have a feeling this much-loved cake will be made for summers to come... :)
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