Towering Sand Castle Cake

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Towering Sand Castle Cake
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This crumb-covered cake is "shore" to make a splash at any beach- or sea-themed birthday bash. Scatter some candy seashells and rocks around the base and prepare for a wave of compliments.

What you'll need

  • 8-inch round yellow cake
  • 9-inch square yellow cake
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans whipped vanilla frosting
  • Vanilla wafers, 12-ounce box
  • 4 jumbo ice-cream cups
  • 2 small ice-cream cups
  • 6 sugar cones
  • Graham cracker sticks (we used Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams Honey Sticks)
  • Candy seashells and rocks

How to make it

  1. Towering Sand Castle Cake - Step 1

    Use a long serrated knife to trim the top of the round cake flat, if needed. Cut a 5 1/2-inch and a 3 1/2-inch circle from the square cake, then stack all three pieces, spreading vanilla frosting between the layers. Frost the stack.

  2. Use a rolling pin or food processor to crumble the wafers. With your hands, press the crumbs into the frosting, completely coating the cake. Spread frosting on the bottom of each ice-cream cup, then set them around the cake. With a serrated knife, carefully trim 1 1/2 inches from the top of 2 of the sugar cones. Set all 6 cones into the cups to complete the turrets, spreading a bit of frosting around the rims to hold them if needed.

  3. Press 2 graham cracker-stick doors into the middle cake layer and rim the rest of the cake with graham cracker-stick halves. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs around the base and add a scattering of candy seashells and rocks. Serves 12.

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