Hey everyone! We hope you had a great weekend! It was 85F here yesterday and it’s starting to feel like summer! We’re so excited for all the fresh fruit and fruity desserts that come with warmer weather! We’ve got some summer-y recipes coming up soon and we’re excited to share them with you!
But this week, we’re sharing with you a beach inspired cake. We used coral and teal which are the colors most associated with beach decorations and themes and we know why! They’re so cute and together they’re even cuter! So, we’re going to show you how to make this cake for your summer cook-outs, get togethers, or just because!
Things you’ll need:
4, 8 inch yellow cakes
3 recipes of the buttercream recipe from our Candy Corn Halloween Cake.
1 package of graham crackers
teal and coral food coloring (see below for how to make these if you don’t have the food coloring)
1. Stack Your Cakes & Crumb Coat
Starting with one layer on your work surface, spread a thick layer of white frosting on the top. Stack the next layer on top and repeat the process until all 4 of your cake layers are stacked. Now, you can chill your cake here or crumb coat and then chill.
To crumb coat, spread white frosting all around the cake, covering the it in a thin layer. This is just a coat to catch all the crumbs, so it should be thin and it’s okay if it’s full of crumbs (it’s supposed to be!). To get a thin layer, once your cake is covered in frosting, take your spatula and run it all along the cake. You can see how we did this in the video at the bottom of our post. Once your done, chill for 30 minutes.
2. Final Coat
Once your cake is done chilling, it’s time to put on your final coat of white frosting! Your going to use the same process as with your crumb coat layer. The only difference is that this layer is going to be thicker (a lot thicker, if your like us and love frosting!). Again, smooth it out by running your spatula along the cake. (you can see how to do this in our video at the bottom of this post). It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth because your going to be putting color over it.
3. Add the Color Layer
Now, split the rest of your white frosting in half. Color one half teal and one half coral. If you don’t have these colors on hand, you can make them, like we did! For teal, mix together sky blue with a tiny dab of black. For coral, mix together yellow and pink.
Fill two piping bags, one with teal and one with coral, frosting. Cut two holes, equally sized, into each bag. Now, randomly pipe lines of each color onto the cake. You don’t want to completely cover the cake because you’ll want some white showing when your done. Once this is done, smooth out the piped lines just like you did for the crumb and final coat of frostings. The colors will smear and blend in together. It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth (the beach isn’t!), the cake looks cute with a little texture to it!
4. Add Graham Crackers
Now, crush your graham crackers until they look like sand (get it, cause it’s a beach themed cake!?). You can do this with either a food processor or with a gallon bag and a rolling pin.
The top of your cake should be plain white at this point, so we’re going to cover it with the graham crackers and make it look like a sandy beach. While you’re doing this, make sure to keep as much of the graham crackers from falling onto the sides of the cake (but if some do, don’t worry about it, sand normally gets everywhere anyway!) Then, at the bottom of the cake, just press it into the sides as high up as you would like it to go and let it pile up around the edges of the cake.
Now, you get to
enjoy all of your hard work! Take lots of pictures and send them to us over on Instagram, we’d love to see them! Thank you for reading! Make sure to check out our video if you were confused while reading or if you’re a visual learner!
Have questions, comments, or a suggestion on what to bake next? Let us know in the comments below, on Instagram, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’d love to hear from you! We hope you have a great week, safe travels, and may you always have a cookie in your cookie jar!