Sandbucket Cake
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Sandbucket Cake

Can’t get away to the seashore this summer? Bring the beach to your house with these festive cupcakes and mini sandbucket cakes. Vacation has never been so simple!

Designed by Susan Whetzel 

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • 1 Box Mix Cake, any flavor, baked in 12 muffin cups & 3 large muffin cups or popover pan
  • 1 plastic piping bag
  • 1 large Wilton tip (#4b or #6b)
  • Wilton Fondant, white or choice of color
  • 1 small rolling pin
  • 1 Wilton Decorating Tip, #5
  • 1 Wilton Fondant Cutter/Embosser
  • 1 Wilton Fondant Smoother
  • Sprinkles, in golden or sand color
  • 1 Wilton SeaLife Fondant & Gumpaste Mold
  • Large gold nonpareils, if desired
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 mini cakes, baked in large muffin or popover pan

Project Instructions

Buttercream Frosting

Step 1: Cream butter with mixer and slowly add heavy cream
Step 2: Beat for 3-4 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla
Step 3: Beat on medium/high speed for 5 minutes
Step 4: Add more cream if too stiff or more powdered sugar if too loose
Step 5: Place buttercream frosting into disposable piping bag fitted with Wilton Tip #6B or #4B

Sandbucket Minicakes

Step 1: After baking 3 large muffins (I used a popover pan, but a large muffin or cupcake tin will work), allow to cool, then lightly ice each, upside down, as seen

Step 2: Roll out a large circle of colored fondant; cover iced muffin and smooth sides using the fondant smoother. Trim excess fondant using the cutter/embosser tool. If desired, cut a small circle of fondant to place on the inverted mini-cake and attach with a small drop of water to adhere

Step 3: This piece will act as the base of your sandbucket. Invert the cake
Step 4: Roll out a section of white fondant thoroughly, ¼ inch in thickness and 6 inches in length
Step 5: Cut strips ¾ inch wide to make the handles for the sandbucket
Step 6: Emboss using the cutter/embosser tool, then use the #5 tip to punch a hole at the end of each strip

Step 7: Round off the edges of your handles using the large edge of the tip, if desired
Step 8: Place handles on their sides in an arc to dry before using, roughly 1-2 hours
Step 9: Color additional fondant in coordinating colors or party theme colors and press into Sealife Fondant and Gumpaste Mold, creating shells, starfish, and other desired shapes for decoration
Step 10: Allow to dry roughly 1-2 hours

To Assemble Sandbuckets

Step 1: Pipe buttercream into the open end of each fondant covered sandbucket, making a swirl pattern in a single layer
Step 2: Sprinkle with sanding sugars
Step 3: Place dried fondant handles either into the icing or apply to the outside of each bucket using a dot of water to adhere
Step 4: Add prepared seashells and large nonpareils as desired

To Assemble Cupcakes

Step 1: Spread a small amount of butter cream atop each of the 12 cupcakes, then roll each, icing side down, in a bowl of golden colored sprinkles to coat
Step 2: Pipe a large swirl of buttercream on top of the gold sprinkles
Step 3: Add prepared seashells/starfish and large nonpareils as desired