how to make sand cakes

Sand Cakes

We’ve had great fun this summer visiting some of our favorite beaches. Now that my kids are old enough not to eat the actual sand, we’ve decided to make our own version of sand… and it tastes amazing! The recipe for these sand cakes is one that I remember tearing out of a magazine years ago (something ancient, like 2002!) I fully remember, thinking that it was the type of sweet I wanted to save and make for my kids one day.

I pulled the recipe out all wrinkled and torn this summer and it did not disappoint. These little sand cakes are rich enough to make the adults happy, and so fun – the kids will go crazy! A perfect treat for finishing off our wonderful season of beach going fun.

Sand Cakes!

Sand Cakes

How to make edible sand!

The sand is just Nilla Wafers processed in a blender! Genius idea for a simple afternoon treat…

To make these sand cakes you’ll need; One box of Nilla Wafers, 1 8oz container of Cool Whip, 2 3oz packages of cream cheese, 1 4oz package of vanilla instant pudding mix, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Start my making the “sand” and set it aside in a bowl.

Next mix Cool Whip, cream cheese, pudding mix, milk and vanilla in a bowl.

Layer the mixture and sand to form the cake in miniature bowls or sand buckets. We did about three layers in each little bucket. Make sure you end with the sandy crumbs on top. Top the buckets with candy sea shells, and use shovels as scoops.

Sand cake buckets

As long as I’m confessing holding onto magazine articles for 14 years! I figure it’s a good time to also confess that one of my least favorite things about foodie blogging is the clean up. I am basically the worst at cleaning. Dirty dishes are my nemesis. I have a not-so-fabulous habit of finishing a project and just stacking everything on the counters, with no water to be seen. Matt likes to joke that I am allergic to rinsing out dishes. It can create quite the sticky mess for us by the end of a shoot day.

That’s why partnering with PAM for this post is great for me. These little buckets would usually be WAY to much work for me to clean out, but with a spray of PAM inside they are easy enough that even I am willing to tackle them. Food blogging done right:)

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(Recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine, 2002.)

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4 Responses to “how to make sand cakes”

  1. Bianca says:

    Adorable! :)

  2. lena says:

    What an adorable project!

  3. Stephanie says:

    haha can I assume they are mini buckets and spades? When I first opened this post, I was like WOooaahhhh big cakes!

  4. Biene says:

    aww, these are too cute!

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