Monday, August 6, 2012

A Day at the Beach cake - Hawaiian themed party #3

A Day at the \beach!

A perfect topper to our Hawaiian themed party.

This is my favourite home-made cake. It is a buttery, melt in your mouth yellow cake. The flavour gets even better after a day or two (if it lasts that long)! I like that it is only a 6-inch, two layer cake - portion control! lol 

I also chose it for the topper of my daughter's cupcake tower because the top of the cupcake tower is also 6 inches! Perfect fit.

I used the same icing and decorating theme that I made for the cupcakes - in fact there was enough left from the cupcakes that I didn't have to make more. I found the chair, trees, and flamingo at my trusty cake decorating shop.

The Hawaiian themed party was great fun and my 6 year old son has already put in his request for his next birthday party (even though it's 9 months away!) - Angry Birds. I've already started planning...

A Day at the Beach Cake

Adapted from The Kitchn
1 c cake flour
¾ c butter, unsalted and at room temperature
1 c sugar, preferably berry or super fine sugar (not icing sugar!)
½ tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 eggs, large and at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla

1-1/2 c icing
1/4 c graham cracker crumbs for "beach"strip
1 lifesaver gummy
2 teddy grahams
1 leather 
various beach decorations - umbrella, candy surf boards, chair, flamingos etc.

What to do 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour two 6-inch cake pans.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar for 4 minutes. 
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat each egg addition for 30 seconds. 
  5. Stir in vanilla.
  6. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder.
  7. Add to the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  8. Divide between prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes and invert on to cooling racks. Reinvert so cake top is up. Cool completely before decorating.
  11. Using your favourite butter cream or mine, frost cake including within the layer.
  12. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs to resemble sandy beach.
  13. Add beach decorations.
  14. Use teddy grahams, gumy life savers and fruit leather as described in bear cupcake recipe.


  1. This is the CUTEST cake I have ever seen. I am definitely making this for my beach loving friend when we are at the beach for her bday. awesome.

  2. Very creative and so adorable. I love the beach bum bears! :-)