Sand Sea Cake

by Betty Conlevy
(Schaumburg, IL)

My cousin made this homemade sand castle wedding cake from a photo she saw. She has been creating wedding cakes as a hobby for years. This one was a wedding gift for her god-daughter who met her future husband on a beach in New Zealand. It took her days and days to make.

REVEREND MATTIE COMMENTS: This confection lends itself to nuptials at, near, in or on the water whether on the beach or Yacht Weddings.

She started out by baking a rich black walnut cake for the layers and making a dark chocolate filling. Each layer was spread with a thin coat of strawberry jam and topped with the chocolate filling.

What was surprising to me is that she used a couple different icings. She said she made buttercream. Other areas needed a stiffer frosting like the top of the turrets. She also used gum paste and fondant to make some of the decorations, and tint to color the icing.

You can see how the starfish and shells worked out.

Making the homemade sand castle wedding cake "bricks" was something else. She practiced with different tips and tools before she came up with a technique that worked for her. I
also like how she sort of scooped out for the castle windows. And the entrance to the castle is one of my favorite parts.

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