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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