I am making cupcakes with a sand look on top and a chocolate seashell on top of that.. I was going to just crush Nilla wafers to get the sand look, but when I was researching beachy cakes, a lot of people mentioned mixing the nilla's with brown sugar for the sand look..
Should I mix them or will it be ok with just the Nilla cookies?? I'd love opinions on it.. I'm making yellow cupcakes stuffed with chocolate mousse...
whatever floats your taste buds!
other options include:
crushed graham crackers
adding clear sanding sugar
adding cake glitter
mixing up combos of the above
even crushed oreos (centers eaten -- opps "removed") for the black sand beaches of Hawaii
i use 2 parts graham crackers + 2 parts vanilla wafers + 1 part dark brown sugar whirled in food processor until a nice sand texture. Sometimes after it's on the cake will also hit w/ cake glitter for more sparkle.
hmmmm.....crushed snickerdoodles!!!! that sounds sooo good!!! anyway....as Dough mentioned...all of the above are great!
i used just graham crackers for my sand castle cake that was for a little girls 2nd b-day
if i were doing it i would mix crushed graham crackers and a little brown sugar. i like the look of all sugar but omg the taste would be sooo gross. i mean sweet. but gross.
I have a cake in my photo where I used Raw Sugar and you can see what it looks like. It wouldn't be a fine as brown sugar but it does have the "sparkle". It isn't a rich as brown sugar.
I have a beach type pic on here and for the border I used tan colored buttercream then cruched nilla wafers on top of that. I had a lot of compliments on it and it tasted good too.
I am planning to use graham crackers for mine, but i am going for "safari" sand rather than beach.
I mainly use graham crackers, sometimes nillas. IMO, brown sugar is too much, especially with the BC being so sweet!
Brown sugar has worked well for me as "sand" but I've only used it on areas of cake where it's not going to be consumed. I think on top of cupcakes I would probably mix the sugar with something else so the taste wouldn't be so over-powering. All of the above suggestions sound great! Good luck!
Crushed snickerdoodles are awesome... has the dark cinnamon that mixes in with the lighter "sand" look ... and it's awesome with bc...
snickerdoodle cake with bc icing YUMMO
For my flip-flops ake I used grahm crackers w/ a little bit brown suager (just enough brown sugar to add that "glisten" that sand has. The taste was really good!
Crushed Keebler Pecan Sandies work great!
I've used pecan sandies for family. Be careful though, people may have nut allergies.
Oh yes! I forgot to mention that!
I've seen people use crushed Teddy Grahams...they have their own sparkle that gives it more of a realistic sand look.
wondering how sugar cinnamon grahams would look crushed....hmmm.....
and then most any vanilla sugar cookie -- NFSC? -- hmmm....
I've used tan buttercream and rice krispies. Doesn't affect the flavor much...see my retirement cake in my photos.
I do what Doug said (just as a general rule) cinnamon graham crackers are perfect because they have some sparkle and are not too sweet.
what i did for last months TD cake... i used the mini nilla waffers and mixed it with wiltons sugar crystals (the clear ones) and it tasted just fine...
Thanks for all the ideas!! I"m going to have a taste test with the real critics - my children! I also found vanilla oreos at the supermarket yesterday! I crushed one up and my hubby liked it.. so I'll do a few and pick the best one.. Thanks so much!!!
I used brown sugar on my son's Lightning McQueen cake. It looked real. Tasted good too!
crushed pecan sandies look great too-it's the only way I can keep them in the house-crush them all so I can't eat them!!
I added in a few gingersnaps to the vanilla cookies for the beach cake in my gallery
I held a blind taste test today with the kiddos and hubby, crushed vanilla oreos won hands down!
Thanks again! it was cool to try all the different ones.. I like the grahams with br sugar myself...