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beach cake closeup of lifeguard on beach with pelican and crab toys.

Beach Cake Recipe

Celebrate your special occasion with this fun and easy Beach Cake recipe. All you need is frosting, candy, and a few toy accessories to recreate your favorite summer days on a beach cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword beach birthday cake, beach cake, birthday beach cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 300kcal
Author Jessica Fisher
Cost $5


  • assorted Playmobil beach-themed toys
  • toothpick, paper flag, and scotch tape for optional sand castle flag


  • 1 sheet or layer cake, baked from scratch or from a cake mix
  • vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting, canned or homemade frosting
  • blue and green sprinkles or colored sugar
  • blue paste food coloring to dye the vanilla frosting
  • small tube of white frosting
  • fish-shaped fruit snacks
  • candy rocks
  • brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs for sand


  • Dye the vanilla frosting (if using) blue. If you choose to use all chocolate frosting, you'll just need lots of blue and green sprinkles.
  • Bake the cake and cool completely. If making a layer cake, adhere the two layers together with frosting.
  • Frost a crumb coat over the entire cake.
  • Then lay out your beach line. Your cake can be half ocean, half beach or more one than the other. Frost one part with chocolate and the other blue.
  • With your knife or spreader, rough up your ocean a bit so that you’ve got some waves going. If you have a surfer toy, make sure he can catch a wave.
  • Sprinkle blue and green sprinkles all over the “water” side of the cake. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs or brown sugar over the “beach” side. Place candy rocks along the shore line. You can also use toy rock formations if you have them.
  • Using the small tube of white frosting, pipe some "sea foam" where the ocean meets the shore. Pipe more along the tips of the "breakers" that you roughed up in the blue frosting.
  • Pack brown sugar into a small cylinder container (such as a toy bucket or sauce cup) for a sand castle.
  • Craft a paper flag and tape it to the toothpick. Insert it into your sandcastle.
  • Place your other toys and candies on the cake. Fruit snacks can represent fish swimming in the sea.


Nutritional values are approximate and will vary widely depending on the cake, frosting, and candy elements used.
Be sure to remove all toys and plastic bits and the paper flag and toothpick prior to serving the cake.