My 3 Monsters: Sand Cake

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Sand Cake

Delicious vanilla pudding cake that looks like a bucket of sand!  at
My daughter turned 15 on Friday!  I can hardly believe how quickly she has grown up.  In my mind she is still . . .

 . . . my sweet, little baby. {Maybe if I convince the Motor Vehicle Division of that I can keep her off the road in a few months.}  In honor of her love of all things beachy, we made her a Sand Cake to celebrate!

Delicious vanilla pudding cake that looks like a bucket of sand!  at

You may be thinking, "That's a little juvenile for a 15 year old, Amy," but, in this case at least, you'd be wrong.  She and her friends thought it was the coolest {and yummiest} thing ever.  Plus, it's super easy to make so you'll be a hero all around!

Sand Cake 

yellow cake mix  {and ingredients to prepare}
1 large box vanilla pudding
3 C. milk
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 container Cool Whip
approx.  1 C. graham cracker crumbs
chocolate sea shell candy

Delicious vanilla pudding cake that looks like a bucket of sand!  at


  • Bake cake mix according to package directions.  Allow to cool then cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Mix vanilla pudding with milk and softened cream cheese in a mixer until smooth.  Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • In a clean plastic sand pail alternately layer cake cubes and pudding mixture, ending with pudding on top.  {You should have about 3 layers of each.}
  • Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs an top, completely covering the pudding.  Decorate with chocolate sea shell candies {available in most candy stores}.  Chill for several hours {over night is best!} before serving.  We let the birthday girl scoop it out and serve it with the shovel that came with the pail. 
  • Optional:  Serve the Sand Cake with a scoop of fresh berries on top to add some extra-delicious flavor.
This would be a perfect dessert for any summer pool party or beach-themed get together.  It's light and cool so it's super refreshing on a hot summer day!

What is your favorite summer dessert?  I'm always looking for fun new ideas. I hope you'll join me later this week to see how I gave my front porch a mini-makeover with a few simple projects.Have a great day, friends!


  1. This looks so cute and delicious! Would you mind to link this to my blog hop? I think our readers would love to see this! Thanks!!

  2. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it. I used a pineapple cake mix and coconut cream pudding mix to create a piña colada vibe - it was delicious!

    1. Now that's just brilliant! I'll be trying that next time I make this for sure. Thanks for the tip!


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