- 5 cups of brown sugar
- 4 cups of white sugar
- 3 cups of butter
- 12 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 8 cups flour
- 2 cups baking cocoa
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups sour cream
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 x store-bought vanilla frosting
- 1 x store-bought chocolate frosting
- Green and blue food colors
- Candy (Small Swedish Fish, Haribo Gummi Bears, Shark Candy)
|Separate cake for the island|
- In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and butter.
- Add eggs, one at a time, and beat on high until everything is light and fluffy.
- Blend in vanilla.
- Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, and add to the batter a little at a time.
- Add sour cream, and mix on low.
- Stir in the boiling water until blended.
- Spray the pan with a cooking spray or grease with butter.
- Pour into a large baking pan or foil roasting pan. Only fill 3/4 of the pan, so that it does not overflow.
- Pour a little of the batter into a small baking dish or baking pan to be used for an island.
- The remaining batter can be used for cupcakes or a small cake.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F until a toothpick comes out clean for 35 – 60 minutes depending on the kind of pan that you are using.
- Make sure to cool the cake before beginning to frost it.
- Either create a small island in the middle of the cake, or make it in a corner. You can use a bowl or a cup to press over the cake, which you made for the island to make a perfect circle.
- Mix 1 tub of vanilla icing with blue food coloring for the ocean.
- Mix 1/4 tub of vanilla icing with enough chocolate icing to make it light brown (color of the beach sand for the island)
- Mix 1/4 tub of vanilla icing with green food coloring for grass on the island.
- Save the remaining vanilla and chocolate icing for any personalized decorations you may want to do, or use it on the leftover cupcakes.
- Spread the brown icing on the island first, then create grass with a icing decorator, make a little hole in a zip loc bag, and press it through, or use spread the green icing with a knife and use a fork to create a grass effect.
- Spread the blue icing over the entire cake. If you use an icing decorating tool, it will take more icing. However, a perfect wavy effect can be created, if you spread out the blue icing on the cake, and then take a fork and move it in a wavy motion.
- Use glittering sprinkles to make the sand and/or ocean sparkle.
- Decorate the ocean cake with shark candy and small Swedish fish.
- Make the gummy bears sunbathe on the island.
- Add a couple of decorative umbrellas for extra effect.
- Kids love candy on a cake, but to make everyone happy, make sure to bring along the remaining gummy bears and/or Swedish Fish to put on their individual cake pieces, after the cake has been cut.
I mainly used ALDI baking ingredients to make this beach cake. Some I had to buy, some I had in my pantry. The most expensive item on the cake was the six blue sharks, which cost me $4 at a candy store in the mall. You can see my Aldi Homemade Birthday Cake shopping trip here.
1 dozen Aldi Eggs $0.74
6 x Large Gummy Sharks $4
To get the same amount of cake at Publix, I would have spent $36+, and the cake would not have been personalized in the same way as I did.
Unfortunately, I did not get to take a photo of the inside of the cake, until after we got home from the party, so please excuse the melted icing on the photo to your right. As you can see, the cake is very dense.
Tip for picky party guests:
One of my son’s best friends does not like chocolate, so I decided to hold off with mixing the cocoa until after I mixed the rest of the batter. This way I could make a couple of non-chocolate cupcakes for my son’s friend. It might be an extra step, but my son’s friend was amazed to see that I had made special cupcakes just for him. It was one small change that went a long way, and it just reminded me of how little it takes to make a child happy.