Friday, February 24, 2012

Sand Castle Birthday Cake

Birthday season has started at our house. 
They year starts out in February with Liam. 
He is turning 7 today.
After looking through my many cake and cupcake books he chose a sand castle cake out of Cakes for Kids.
Every so often I catch my little boys lying on the floor looking through the cake books on the shelf. 
They are so cute!

Another thing I like about the kids picking their birthday cakes is that I usually get to buy a new something for baking.
This time it was a 12 inch round cake pan, and an 8 inch square cake pan. 
 We have the best store here in Logan called Kitchen Kneads. 
I love that place. 
I thought this was going to be an easy one. Looks easy don't it! Not so my friends. 
I don't know what happened. I was in cake decorating mode, I had the little TV in the kitchen with a good show on, it was just harder than I had planned for it to be.  
The frosting is made with shortening to make it look like sand. Gotta make sure there is a crumble layer of butter cream. It doesn't like to stick to the cake. The doors, windows, and little balls are tootsie rolls melted a bit in the microwave and rolled out or up. The sand is brown sugar. The pebbles I found in the bulk section of the supermarket. Caramels and sugar cones finished it off.
My only catastrophe was that tall tower in the back. It is supposed to be 3 layers of cake. Well, when the tall, heavy cake sat on the bottom round cake it was too heavy. It started to fall over. Actually, it finally did fall over. 
Solution? Rice Krispy treats. I made an 8 inch pan of rice krispy treats and cut them into the right size squares, frosted them and decorated them as if the whole thing was made of cake.
Look at his face does he care? Nope. 
That smile makes all the baking and improvising worth it. 
I would do it all over again. 
Have a great 7th birthday little man.
We love you!!
Rhinestone Beaglemade in a day


  1. we have the same traditions in my house! I finally had to put the idea books up high so they'd have to ask for them because big sister would get all bossy with little sister and influence her choices too much! I think Big Sister had her next 8 birthday cakes picked out for herself and her sister. I have made the horse head one from the Family Fun birthday cakes book about 5 times now!

    Enjoy making those cakes! This year, for Big Sister's 9th birthday she (sadly) didn't want a shaped cake. She wanted a store-bought carrot cake :( (although I'd rather carrot cake over chocolate any day!)

  2. It's adorable, Vicky! (And so is Liam. :) Love it.

  3. WOW! That is too cute {and so is the b'day boy!} My son would love this; we're totally beach lovers around here. Thanks SO much for sharing this at our Shine on Fridays party!

  4. How adorable and he looks super happy!


  5. wow!! a happy picture all around!!

  6. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this!

  7. Precious! Nutt'n like a Momma's love!

  8. You have been tagged...have fun!

  9. I love this idea! I like to experiment with cakes, too! I'm going to pin this--let me know if that's a problem! ;)

  10. WOW! You did an amazing job. I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful

  11. "little balls are tootsie rolls melted a bit in the microwave and rolled out or up"

    Now, that a great tip. Glad you wrote out the directions.

  12. Nicely done!!! It looks just like the real thing! ;) Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays this last week!
    ~Kassi @ Truly Lovely

  13. WOW! This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing at Cutesy Monday!!

    XO! Kathryn

  14. So sweet! The look on his face says it all!! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon! Bonnie :)

  15. Thanks for linking with Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! It is so much fun to make special cakes and you handled the falling tower very well! That is one happy birthday boy! Hope to see you again this week!

  16. Hi Vicky, I wanted to let you know I featured your cake today! Stop by and link up again!

  17. This is too cute!! And how clever. Well done!

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