maureengr Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 7:37pm
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I am making a beach cake. I have used fondant for the covering of the cake. How do I get the brown sugar to stay on the fondant, or is there something better to use as sand? Thanks for your help!

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heddahope Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 9:03pm
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I want to make a sand castle cake for my son's first birthday and I was thinking of using crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers. To attach I would think all you would need is a touch of water to make it tacky.

That is just my thinking, hopefully some of the pros will come offer you some more advice.

kjt Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 10:03pm
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I think that even a little bit of moisture might "melt" the brown sugar.

I would paint some piping gel where you want the sand. When making "sand" I've had really good results using a mixture of saltines & Keebler's Pecan Sandies, ( it's very realistic), just pulse in food processor til it's as fine as you like.

HTH icon_smile.gif

BlakesCakes Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 11:19pm
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I like to make sand out of a mixture of crushed 'nilla wafers and cinnamon graham crackers.
I make some tan buttercream, apply that to the places where the sand is needed, and then gently press the cookie mixture into the buttercream.
It tastes great and has a nice texture with the buttercream.

The cake below was buttercream with the cookie mixture. The recipient said that it was great.

HTH
Rae
LL

momma28 Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 11:30pm
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i use a combination of brown sugar and graham crackers run through the food processor. Works great. Used it on both my treasure chest cake and m16 that are in my photos. Never had it melt because of the brown sugar

cownsj Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 11:35pm
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We used just crushed Nilla Wafers. We put buttercream on the cake, even on the gumpaste parts, then pressed the crushed wafers into the buttercream.
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ayerim979 Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 11:44pm
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I too always use graham crackers and regular sugar. I put buttercream or piping jell to stick it.

(if graham crackers are pricy I do use nilla wafers)

good Luck

ayerim979 Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 11:46pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

I like to make sand out of a mixture of crushed 'nilla wafers and cinnamon graham crackers.
I make some tan buttercream, apply that to the places where the sand is needed, and then gently press the cookie mixture into the buttercream.
It tastes great and has a nice texture with the buttercream.

The cake below was buttercream with the cookie mixture. The recipient said that it was great.

HTH
Rae




Your cake is awsome !!! Love the tool belt icon_lol.gif

BlakesCakes Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 11:56pm
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Thanks! It "covered" what it had too.............. icon_lol.gif

Rae

catlharper Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 2:12am

Animal crackers make a great "sand". I, too, discounted brown sugar cause it might melt. The Animal crackers were perfect!

sylly Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 2:20am

I take granulated sugar and put it in a ziploc bag, mix up some brown food gel with some water until it is runny and still dark, pour it into the bag about 2 tablespoons at a time and shake it to death until I get the color of beach sand. I pour it into a sheet pan to dry and, let me tell you, I get the texture and color of actual sand each time. icon_smile.gif

JCE62108 Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 2:22am

Nilla wafers! I crushed them in a plastic bag the best I could, then poured it through a fine mesh sieve to get out the chunks. It looked gorgeous! I wouldnt use brown sugar. Plus it wont taste great.
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Price Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 2:45am

I also use Nilla Wafers on my beach cakes.

cownsj Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 3:18am
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Originally Posted by JCE62108

Nilla wafers! I crushed them in a plastic bag the best I could, then poured it through a fine mesh sieve to get out the chunks. It looked gorgeous! I wouldnt use brown sugar. Plus it wont taste great.



I agree with the taste part. Also, Walmart sells a small processor, about $5 - $7 in price. It works perfect for the Nilla Wafers. (We refer to them as dog biscuits..... When we found the puppy we adopted online they had named her Nilla and described her as "being so sweet you could just eat her up", because she was the color of Nilla Wafers. The name suited her and it stuck. lol)

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