This easy to make Sand Dollar Shaped Cakes are perfect for a beach wedding reception. If you are looking for a fun new way to share your beach wedding cake with your guests, then you have to try making these Sand Dollar Shaped Cakes. Your wedding guests can each have their own whole cake served to them on individual plates. Try using some colored sugar to mimic sand as well!
This is an elegant and new twist on the traditional beach wedding cake ideas.
To Make Sand Dollar Shaped Wedding Cakes You Will need:
1 of your favorite boxed white cake mixes
1 – 2 Tub of Vanilla icing
White Tube Writing Icing (2 to 3 tubes)
1 Circle or sand dollar cookie cutter (about 4 inches wide)
Bake your favorite cake mix as usual. You need to bake it in a 13″ X 9″ baking pan. You can bake two cakes (or more for a large wedding) and cut them out exactly the same to make a large number of Sand Dollar Shaped Beach Wedding Cakes.
Once the cake has cooled flip it out of the baking pans onto a large platter, carving board, or whatever you have.
Now, stick the wedding cake in the freezer for about 20 to 30 minutes. You want to slightly freeze is, but not freeze it completely. This will help you cut it into the shape of the Sand Dollar Shaped Wedding Cakes.
Now, use a circle or sand dollar cookie cutter to cut out the Sand Dollar on the sheet cake. Simply press the cookie cutter in like you would cookie dough. Pop the Sand Dollar out and lay them on a flat surface.
You should find this sheet cake cuts easily into the shape of these Sand Dollar Shaped Wedding Cakes since it is chilled and slightly frozen. This will make the cake much more easy to cut and get crisp clean edges of the Sand Dollar.
Now, you really should go ahead and place these Sand Dollar Shaped Wedding Cakes on a board or serving platter before you decorate it. You will not be able to move it once you decorate it or you will ruin it.
Now, take your 1 tub of the icing. You can use any colors that you want to match your beach wedding. To make these letters elegant I recommend leaving them in white and outline in white piping icing. You need to outline the sand dollars though so your can add some of the smaller center details, like the small star at the center of the sand dollar.
You may need both tubs (or more) to adequacy cover a large number Sand Dollar Shaped Wedding Cakes.
Coat the entire Sand Dollar Beach Wedding Cakes with a thick coat of icing. Use your spatula or butter knife to make the icing really smooth and flat. The more smooth the better. In fact if you like working with fondant icing, that would be the best, but you can use regular canned icing for this. Reserve some icing aside for touch ups later.
Tip: You may find it easier to apply a thin coat of icing to the entire Cakes, and then place the wedding cakes in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Once this thin layer has chilled apply another thicker coat of white vanilla icing. This first coat is called the crumb coat for obvious reasons. This is a great way that the wedding cake professionals use to get a clean smooth surface of icing on their beach wedding cakes.
Now for the real fun. You get to decorate your Sand Dollar Shaped Wedding Cakes. Apply a second smooth coat of your butter cream or vanilla icing.
To garnish take your tube of matching white icing and outline your initials. I recommend outlining the sand dollar, then drawing in the small star shapes in the center.
You can also use edible pearls from the cake-decorating aisle to outline the Sand Dollar.
The look is timeless and perfect for any beach wedding cake no matter where you are getting married!