We had a “Tea by the Sea” before school started for my daughters and a couple of their friends and of course we had to make a sandcastle cake! It was so easy and fun.
Cake, 9 by 13 pan
Cookies or graham crackers, I used danish butter cookies
Sanding sugar or granulated sugar, optional
4 sugar ice cream cones
Bamboo skewer and chewy candy for flag
Process cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Mix in some sanding sugar for some sparkle if desired. Set aside.
I cut my cake like this: I ended up using the 2 larger squares and 2 smaller squares instead of 3 of each. These are for the 2 main sections.
And the 4 circles are for under the cones.
Stack the 2 larger squares, then center the 2 smaller squares on top, using frosting inbetween each layer.
Frost the outside and coat with the crumbs. Start adding your mini marshmallow border on top.
Pinch a little corner of the mini marshmallow and coat in frosting then roll in crumbs.
Put a circle of cake at each corner and frost and coat sides with crumbs. Top with a sugar cone (I found it easier to frost and crumb coat them first).
If you want a flag, roll out a chewy candy and cut one out, then poke a skewer thru one end. Place in cake.
I also baked some cake in tiny condiment cups (You can find them at restaurant supply stores like United Grocers Cash and Carry). They made the cutest teeny cupcakes. I frosted them and topped with some gummy sealife, chocolate sunflower seeds and sprinkles. If you’re local you can find them at the amazing candy store Candy Babel.
Sprinkle some crumbs around them on the plate for sand if desired.