These first "cakes" I made for my friend Nicole's 21st birthday. They're more like trifles (yellow cake cubed, layered with instant chocolate pudding+cool whip, crushed skor, and topped with crushed graham cracker and golden sugar.... plus decorated with gumpaste crab and sand dollar (made by me) and Guylian chocolate shells).
Everyone LOVED it... the only sad part was that I forgot to bring the shovels that went with the buckets to use as serving spoons out to the cabin because I was in a rush.
I originally found the recipe in a magazine.. I think it was just a People weekly or something? Anyways here it is:
(p.s. I used one recipe for two smallish-medium buckets)
1 (5.25 oz.) package of sugar cookies (I just used the graham crackers and golden sugar here because I couldn't find sugar cookies anywhere)
1 frozen butter pound cake, thawed (used Betty Crocker yellow cake mix)
2 large packages of chocolate instant pudding mix
3 cups milk
1 large container of frozen whipped topping, thawed ( i only used half the container
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 chocolate covered toffee candy bars, finely crushed (I used coffee crisp--a household favourite)
Garnish: chocolate candy shells
1. Crumble cookies; process until finely crushed; set aside. (Cookies will resemble sand). Cut pound cake into 1-inch cubes; set aside.
2. Whisk together pudding mix and milk; add whipped topping and vanilla, whisking until smooth.
3. Place half of cookie crumbs into a 3-quart sand pail; top with one-third of pudding mixture, half of cake and half of chocolate bars; continue layering pudding, cake and chocolate bars, ending with a layer of pudding. Top with remaining cookie crumbs. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Garnish with candy shells if desired.
the birthday girl!
I also made a sand castle cake for my friend Jordan. This was again yellow cake, stacked in the shape of a sand castle, with ice cream cones as turrets, and the flag was gumpaste on a toothpick. It was iced with colored vanilla frosting and golden sugar, and decorated with gum paste sand dollar, starfish and chocolate shells. Easiest cake I've ever made!