Submitted by Marcia Van Camp
Here are some pictures from Aurora's 1st birthday party. We love her so much!
I used candy molds and candy melts for the seashells. I made one cake mix in a 9 x 13 pan for the bottom. Then I made another cake mix and split it between two smaller round glass pans I had. I frosted with white frosting and used crushed up graham crackers for the sand. I looked at a lot of pictures online and some used marshmallows for the tops, and I used sugar cubes. I also frosted beyond the cake onto the tray so it would spread out a little more. I really like the way it turned out.
Next time I would use white or a light brown cake mix since other colors show through easily...and perhaps a darker frosting as well. I would also use less moisture in the cakes so they stack easier. For the frosting, I would not get extra whipped since it slides off the sides and can't handle the graham cracker.
I rolled out some Pillsbury ready to bake sugar cookies and used a star cookie cutter. I added some Wilton colors and eyes, and look how cute they are!
Sand dollar cookies!
I used some Pillsbury ready to bake sugar cookies for these. I made a small bowl of light and dark brown sugar. I put the bottom of a glass into the sugar and flattened out the cookies with it. I bought a package of sliced almonds and tried to pick out a bunch that were not broken and had nice shapes. I placed them on the cookies after they baked and some were easier than others. I started getting them wet with water and that seemed to help them stick. I think next time I would make these cookies just a little thicker.