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How to Make a Sandcastle Cake

If you're planning a big summer bash, top it off with this cake straight from the beach.


  • Step 1: Make the "sand" Combine the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and cookie crumbs in the plastic bag and shake it to thoroughly mix the sand.
  • TIP: Crush your favorite cookies and graham crackers in the bag using either a rolling pin or a mallet -- just don't puncture the bag.
  • Step 2: Frost each cake Apply the frosting to each cake using the icing spatula and a turntable or lazy Susan to turn the cake as you work.
  • Step 3: Cover in sand Cover each cake with "sand" while the frosting is still tacky. Don't forget to tap some along the sides for full coverage.
  • TIP: Chill the cake in the refrigerator to solidify the icing before adding decorations.
  • Step 4: Stack cakes Stack them from largest to smallest, slightly off center.
  • Step 5: Erect large turrets Erect waffle cone turrets. Invert the large cones so the point end is up and gently press each one into the top tiers of the cake.
  • Step 6: Construct small turrets Spread frosting on the inside of each cake cone and then insert the small waffle cones with the tip up. Press them into the cake along the bottom tier.
  • Step 7: Accessorize Break the graham cracker sticks to make rocks and then add the candy seashells. Finally, sprinkle any remaining sand over the whole cake.
  • FACT: Scientists have discovered that changes in the climate are slowing turning the inhospitable Sahara desert into a lush savanna.

You Will Need

  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 c. cookie crumbs
  • 1 9" round cake
  • 1 8" round cake
  • 1 6" round cake
  • Frosting
  • 3 large waffle cones
  • 2 small waffle cones
  • 2 small cake cones
  • Assorted candy sea shells
  • Graham cracker sticks
  • Plastic bag
  • Icing spatula
  • Turntable or lazy Susan
  • Rolling pin (optional)

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