Easy Beach Cake

Use this step by step tutorial to make an easy beach cake that’s perfect for Summer. It’s decorated with homemade chocolate seashells and brown sugar sand.

It’s been such a gloomy and rainy Summer but this cake is sure to brighten your spirits! This is one of those easy cakes that even non-cake decorators or beginners can make, just like this Bumblebee Cake (Spring Cake) or this Watermelon Cake.

This is a tall double barrel cake, covered in blue frosting that represents the sea. Then, it’s topped off with homemade chocolate seashells and brown sugar to represent the sand. Finally, some edible pearls were tossed all over the cake, just to jazz it up a little.

Easy Beach Cake on White Cake Stand

How to make easy beach cake from scratch?

  1. Bake cakes- And allow them to cool completely.
  2. Make icing- And color it blue.
  3. Assemble– Place one cake on cake stand, ice the top, then place the other cake on top. Continue doing this until all the cakes are stacked and then, ice the whole cake.
  4. Make spiral pattern- With a spatula.
  5. Add edible pearls- Stick them around the cake.
  6. Add brown sugar sand– On top of the cake and base of the cake.
  7. Make chocolate seashells- And give them a shine by spraying with gold and silver color mist.
  8. Do final decorations- By placing the sea shells on top of the cake and sprinkling some more brown sugar.
Homemade Beach Theme Cake on White Cake Stand

Variations for beach theme cake (ocean theme cake)

Make a larger tiered cake- This is already a tall cake but you can add a 10 inch wider tier tier at the bottom. That would make a great wedding cake.

Try other cake flavors– Such as Lemon Cake or Pineapple Cake.

Color cake batter blue- This will match the color of the icing and fit the ocean theme very well.

Pair with other frosting flavors- Such as Mango Frosting or Lemon Frosting.

Tips and Techniques beach birthday cake

Chocolate seashells- I made them with a chocolate mold but you can also buy them from some chocolate stores although they might not always be available and can be expensive.

Don’t frost or decorate warm cakes- Because the warmth will cause the icing and chocolate decorations to melt and make a sticky mess.

Fondant vs. chocolate for making seashells- I highly recommend using chocolate because it dries quicker than fondant.

Use gel colors– For coloring the icing because it’s thicker and doesn’t alter the consistency of the frosting.

Where to find seashell mold? They are available online on Amazon as well as the cake decorating aisles in Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

Spraying seashells with color mist is optional– It just adds a subtle shine.

Where to find gold and silver color mist? It’s the Wilton brand and can be bought online from their site or from Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

Overhead Shot of Beach Birthday Cake on White Cake Stand

Storage for Summer cake

Refrigerate- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze- Unfrosted cake and frosting can be stored separately in sealed containers for up to 1 month. When you are ready to make this dessert, let the frosting and cakes thaw in the fridge overnight and then, decorate as per instructions below.

Make ahead instructions- This cake can be baked and decorated 1 day in advance and stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Brown sugar substitute– This is used to create the illusion of sand. Check out this post on How to Make Brown Sugar. You can also use fine graham cracker crumbs.

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Easy Beach Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Use this step by step tutorial to make an easy beach cake that's perfect for Summer. It's decorated with homemade chocolate seashells and brown sugar sand.
Yield: 8 Slices


  • 4 Orange cake, Double the recipe to make 4 round cakes, Dimensions: 8×2 each
  • 6 cups Cream cheese frosting, Double the recipe to make 6 cups of frosting, Colored blue
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp White edible pearls
  • 4 cups White chocolate chips, Melted


  • Bake the cakes and allow them to cool completely to room temperature.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • Trim the domes of all the cakes (if any).
  • Place one cake on a cake stand. Spread icing on top. Place the second cake on top. Spread icing on top again. Place the third cake on top. Spread icing on top again. Place the fourth cake on top. Then, ice the entire cake smoothly with a spatula and at the end, use it to create a spiral design along the sides of the cake as well as the top of the cake.
  • You can push a wooden dowel through the top center of the cake for additional support (optional).
  • Toss some brown sugar on top of the cake as well as the base of the cake.
  • Also, stick some edible pearls randomly around the sides of the cake. Keep aside.
  • Prepare the chocolate seashells. Pour melted chocolate chocolate into the cavities of the seashell mold/tray. Place this tray in the freezer for 15 minutes or until the chocolate hardens. Then, turn the mold gently onto a tray lined with wax paper and the chocolate shells will just pop out.Spray the chocolate shells with golden and silver color mist.Allow the color to dry for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
  • Place the chocolate shells on top of the cake and you are done. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 2092kcal, Carbohydrates: 346g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 77g, Saturated Fat: 30g, Cholesterol: 172mg, Sodium: 1380mg, Potassium: 532mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 299g, Vitamin A: 258IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 315mg, Iron: 5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 2092
Author: Abeer Rizvi

13 comments on “Easy Beach Cake”

  1. Wow, this cake looks delicious. I look forward to making this soon.5 stars

  2. Whoa, well done! You’re super talented.5 stars

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