What Are My Options For Making Sand?

Decorating By zespri Updated 23 Jan 2012 , 10:07am by JackydeKlerk

zespri Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 9:27am
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Hi folks

I'm putting some thought into a cake which will have sand on it. What sort of things can I make sand out of? I think I read somewhere that you can mix raw sugar with brown sugar...? I'm not that keen on that though, I can't imagine it would be very pleasant to bite into a piece of cake with that on it. Also I'd worry it would start to dissolve if it's sitting there too long.

What about cake crumbs? Or cookie crumbs? Is there anything else known to be successful?

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Bridgette1129 Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 9:53am
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Graham cracker crumbs or graham cracker mixed with brown sugar.

Evoir Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 9:58am
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Hi zespri - long time no see!

I did a large sandcastle cake (I think page 1 or 2 in my photos) ages ago...It was covered in fondant, then I brushed sugar syrup on that and pressed plain cookie crumbs onto it. I used Arnotts nice, ginger snaps and plain arrowroot...as sand is made up of lots of different coloured granules.

The one thing I'd suggest however, is that you do the crumb parts as close to serving as possible, as if you leave it on too long they go stale, LOL (I know this bc mine was a show cake!)

AnnieCahill Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 2:13pm
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I grind up vanilla wafer cookies with brown sugar and use that mixture for sand. I have a few cakes in my pictures which have sand.

Annie

Kiddiekakes Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 2:15pm
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Here you can buy raw sugar which is a light brown color..I use that!!

Polarcakes Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 6:26pm
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I`ve used cheerios before.

JackydeKlerk Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 7:02pm
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Hi All,

Here in South Africa we have a chocolate called "Flake" It does exactly that, it flakes when you open it. If you leave it in the wrapper and press slightly it breaks up in small crumbs, perfect for demonstrating sand and delicious.

Jacky
 

zespri Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 7:11pm
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Originally Posted by Evoir

Hi zespri - long time no see!

I did a large sandcastle cake (I think page 1 or 2 in my photos) ages ago...It was covered in fondant, then I brushed sugar syrup on that and pressed plain cookie crumbs onto it. I used Arnotts nice, ginger snaps and plain arrowroot...as sand is made up of lots of different coloured granules.

The one thing I'd suggest however, is that you do the crumb parts as close to serving as possible, as if you leave it on too long they go stale, LOL (I know this bc mine was a show cake!)





I know, I've been a bit forum shy lately! Just been through your photos (which was a nice way to start my day!), but can't find the sandcastle one.... I know it must be there, going blind, clearly!

zespri Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 7:14pm
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Cheerio's are also an interesting idea, I think some supermarkets have started to carry those of late, so worth a look.

JackydeKlerk - what colour are your flakes? We have them here too, but they are dark brown.

MarianInFL Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 9:17pm
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I used vanilla wafers by themselves. No brown sugar.

JackydeKlerk Posted 23 Jan 2012 , 9:10am
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Hi Zespri,

We have two options, brown and white. It works perfectly for me. If you put it into a plastic bag and just shake it, the texture looks like sand.

Jacky
 

zespri Posted 23 Jan 2012 , 9:15am
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Originally Posted by JackydeKlerk

Hi Zespri,

We have two options, brown and white. It works perfectly for me. If you put it into a plastic bag and just shake it, the texture looks like sand




Hmm... maybe your chocolate is a lot ligher than ours, this is roughly what ours looks like?
http://media.lunch.com/d/d7/220958.jpg?3

As you can see, it would look more like dirt than sand icon_wink.gif I love the idea though. Chocolate wouldn't go stale, or dissolve like sugar.

JackydeKlerk Posted 23 Jan 2012 , 10:07am
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Zespri.

Ours look exactly the same. If you find a better way. Let me know.

Regards
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