May 05, 2011

Summer Sand Cake

If you're feeling like we are then I think you're definitely ready for summer.  (Actually I'd even settle for a real spring.  It's been chilly with a lot of lingering snow in the past month.) 


My boys are pretty anxious like me, so we made a fun summer dessert to tide us over.


I think all of you have probably had or heard of dirt cake, right?  It's so good.  Well, for months I've had this idea to make a beachy version.  I just used vanilla sandwich cookies instead.  (You could also use graham crackers or vanilla wafers.)

Here's the basic recipe.  There are three layers and you rotate them, layering the bucket until it's full.

Layer 1: 1 package of smashed cookies (of your choice)
Layer 2: 2 small packages of vanilla pudding, 3.5 cups of milk, 12 oz. of cool whip
Layer 3: an 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter (room temperature), 1 cup powdered sugar

(FYI: The third layer is a little thicker and harder to spread.)  Make sure to end with the cookies on the top layer.  If you have a food processor you can use it to crush the cookies.  We don't have one, so I put them in a plastic bag and gave Rex a giant metal spoon to bash them with.  He took out all his toddler frustrations on it and did a great job.


We served it with strawberries.  (I think it would be great with any fruit.)


And?  It was a hit all around.



So get your summer fix with this tasty treat.

I think it would be really fun to make it in a bigger, rectangular pan.  You could cut small pieces of fabric to look like towels and you could use little drink umbrellas.  Maybe even a beach sign....and a tiny beach ball?  Okay, I'm getting carried away.  The cake was yummy.  The end.

Thanks for reading.

 
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26 comments:

  1. Delicious! I'm going to make this for my kids, but use graham crackers. No one here likes vanilla sandwich cookies. Thanks for the yummy idea!

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  2. That bucket looks like it could feed a small army of goggle boys!

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  3. It looks delicious! I love that you use a bucket for your presentation. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. It looks delicious! I love that you use a bucket for your presentation. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Cute! I think this would be fun to bring to the pool one day for a surprise treat... just have to be sure my younger two don't take it over to the sandbox area thinking mom brought new "sand" to the pool.

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  6. OH MY! this is adorable and the memories of dirt cake are flooding back to me! Can't wait to make this for my boy- he will LOVE IT!

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  7. Yummo! I love the idea of tiny towels and an umbrella! :)

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  8. That cake idea sounds wonderful! Your boys are too cute ☺ Glad it was such a hit! I am definitely going to have to try it out.

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  9. I'm drooling now...and picture how cute a beach scene that cake could make.
    back to drooling...must have beach cake ;)
    Biz

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  10. LOVE this idea. Cant wait to find an occasion to use this for!

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  11. freakin' awesome. This would make a great themed cake for a beach bday party, yay!

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  12. That is SO awesome! I'll be trying this for sure! and so cute in the bucket! I'm thinking individual parfaits next time i have snack for playschool... with cocktail umbrellas... mmmmmm...
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. Love it. My youngest is having a mermaid birthday party in a few months and I may have to use this idea. I've also seen the biscuits crushed and used to cover a sandcastle shaped birthday cake. So much fun!

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  14. Oh my goodness how I love this idea! It's awesome. I so want to organize a party for someone now just so I can do this! Man and it's going towards winter here down under. :(

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  15. I just love it! And the best part are those adorable boys! They look like they had a good time with it. :)

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  16. Could those boys be any cuter???

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  17. love it! i'm getting ready to do a dino party and I think this would be great with little malt-eggs hidden inside one of the layers! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Oh yum...You had me at cream cheese. :)

    This is such a fun summer treat. I definitely want to try it. Your extra ideas sound delightful.

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  19. Love this idea - so funny. A little bit shocked seeing you eating sand with strawberries, but after reading - wow, really fun!

    For sure I´ll try this - how people will look scared seeing my kids having sand for meal *giggle*...

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  20. Oh so yummy! I have been admiring your playroom for a while and I've wanted to create something fabulous for my son...

    I would LOVE it if you would stop by and see my activity art wall with sliding ladder...I would LOVE your feedback:-)

    http://girlinair.blogspot.com/2011/05/art-activity-wall-with-sliding-ladder.html

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  21. I made this for our church potluck today and got a LOT of compliments on it! (don't worry, i gave you all the credit!) it is fantastic! I even found one of the ladies, who was taking empty dishes back to the kitchen, licking the pan! lol!
    Thanks again!

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  22. Cheri - This is so much fun. I love the sand bucket - super cute. Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  23. Oh I love this cake idea and putting it in a pail and using a sand shovel what a fun superb touch! thanks for the idea:)

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