Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ombre Beach Cake with Sand Dollars

Have you ever walked on the beach at sunset?

It is one of my absolute favorite things to do.
I love the sound of the waves, the sand under my feet, the seagulls swooping by.
I love picking up shells and occasionally spotting a dolphin in the water.
Being a Florida girl, I have spent most of my life a short distance from the ocean.
The years that I spent living in a landlocked state, I missed the beach SO much!

This beach cake would be perfect for a summer party!

It combines an ombre frosting design, brown sugar sand
and white chocolate sand dollars.

To make the sand dollars, print out this template:

Tape your template on to a piece of cardboard or the back of a cookie sheet.
Tape wax paper over the template.

Melt some white candy melts and put them in a decorating bag with a small round tip,
or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.

Trace the sand dollar outline with the candy melts,
then go around each hole. Last, fill in the empty space.

Place your sand dollars in the fridge to set up.
When they are hard, pipe a little star shape on the top of each one.

Divide a batch of white frosting into 3 bowls.
Color them 3 different shades of blue (I used Wilton Sky Blue coloring gel).

Using a small spatula, spread the darkest frosting on the bottom 1/3 of your cake.
Spread the medium color in the middle, and the lightest color on the top of the cake.
Use an upward curving motion with your spatula to make waves.

Sprinkle brown sugar around the base of your cake to make sand.
(You could also use crushed graham crackers.)

Arrange the sand dollars around the base of your cake.

 I can just hear the ocean waves now!


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  1. I adore this cake! It looks amazing! The tutorial is fantastic too- I actually feel like I could do this! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. What a stunning cake! You make it looks so easy...I might have to give it a try!

  3. What a beautiful cake. I have just recently started using the Candy melts and love them.

  4. Found you on Whipperberry. Doing a "sea glass" colored bridal shower and this cake would be perfect!
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  5. That is SO gorgeous! I love the colors and those sand dollars!

  6. this cake is beautiful and i love the sand dollars.

  7. That's just beautiful! The sand dollars are fantastic!

  8. Oh, I love this! It's so pretty.

  9. Beautiful! The colors and the sand dollars are amazing!

  10. This is SO gorgeous! Hope you can link it up at my trendy tuesday party!!

  11. How creative! I love the sand dollars! Very pretty cake!

  12. Gorgeous! Your cakes are amazing:)

  13. I absolutely love it!! Great job :)

  14. Love the way you did the sand dollars, clever! Cake came out very nice!

  15. Great idea for doing sand dollars. I grew up on the opposite coast in Cali and miss the beach so much. Cake looks beachtastic!

  16. This is beautiful. What great sand dollars!

  17. I love it! How gorgeous is that cake?! The sand dollars are awesome and I love that you don't have to get some fancy mold to make them. It is just perfect!

  18. What a gorgeous Summer cake!!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

  19. I found you via Cheryl Tidy Mom and am so glad I did! This has got to be the most darling cake I've ever seen. AND when landing on your blog I see it's only the tip of the iceberg. What a find you are. Going to look for a subscription button now.

  20. This cake is absolutely amazing. It looks pretty yummy too! I'd love for you to link it up to my Marvelous Mondays party. I'll be opening the party up this evening.

    Have a fabulous Sunday!


  21. Oh my goodness!!! This is AMAZING!!! Your tutorial is so AMAZING that I think I may be able to do this!!! YOU ROCK!!!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog during The Outlawz celebration :) I hope to see you in The Outlawz challenges ;) Hugs!

  22. What a FUN cake! I love the sand dollar idea, that is awesome! I'm pinning now...


  23. Beautiful! and so very creative!
    love, love!
    thank you for sharing this.

  24. OH my gosh this cake is perfect! You did an amazing job

  25. Breathtaking!!

  26. Superb looking cake, and as always - very creative!!:)

  27. You are so talented. This cake is amazing!

  28. Love the "wave action" going on with the icing...and in such pretty ombre layers, too!

  29. I love this cake! I'm a coastal girl too and nothing makes me happier than beach themed things. I'm adding this to my recipe box!
    Thanks for sharing,

  30. Wow Robin, this is so incredibly beautiful. Loving the vibrant colours and totally digging that you made the sand dollars like that from candy melts, too cool for school! Also, thanks for stopping by and following my blog after I liked/commented on your FaceyB page. Returning the blog love by subscribing. Looking forward to getting to know you and your amazing future creations. :)

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  31. Oh my goodness! You cake and sand-dollars are adorable! I love it all and...... yes........ I can hear the waves from here! I am featuring you Thursday my dear, thanks for partying with us.:)

  32. WOW! this is just too cool! I love ombre anything and you make the sand dollars look easy....but I dunno if I could pull of a cake like this! I always think up in my head some awesome design and it never comes out looking this great! We'd love it if you'd share this at our link party - Home is Where the Heart is!

  33. I love everything about this cake-- the cute sand dollars and the ombre color! Would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party--

  34. Wow! That is an amazing cake. Love the colors! Megan

  35. Every cake you make has a major WOW factor!!! Beautiful! Love the sand dollars, the colors and the "sand"!

  36. Each cake you make is spectacular...this one even more so. I think 'cause I love the ocean & beach! Thanks so much for sharing...I may try to do this for my daughter's upcoming birthday.


  37. Robin, another gorgeous, mind-blowing creation. You are wildly talented, girl. Featuring this later today at my party. So happy you linked up last week!

  38. This one inspires me! I 'm making a beach cake for a "Honeymoon & Happily Ever After" bridal shower..... what is your recommendation for fluffy icing like this?


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