Sandcastle Cake

You can almost hear the surf and feel the sun with this adorable sandcastles cake.


  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 sheets store-bought vanilla cake
  • 3 cups cream cheese frosting, divided
  • 3 cups ground graham crackers
  • For the shells:
  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups colored candy melts, melted


  1. Make the cake: In a large bowl, crumble cake with your hands and mix with one cup of frosting. Cake will be moist and will resemble wet sand. Press into a new sandcastle mold and place in the freezer for up to 1 hour.
  2. Make the shells: While the cake is setting in the freezer, make the seashell decorations. Pack the brown sugar in a 9 by 13 casserole dish. Press assorted shells into the sugar, creating a clean indent. Pour candy melts into shell indents and place in the fridge for up to 30 minutes. Remove hardened shells and brush off any remaining sugar.
  3. Assemble the cake: Remove cake from the freezer and place upright on a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath. Lift mold off the cake to reveal a sandcastle. Melt remaining cream cheese frosting and pour over the cake. Cover cake with graham cracker crumbs to resemble sand. Decorate with chocolate seashells. Cake will keep up to 4 days covered in the fridge.