One of the other special education teachers at work had to move mid-year to Florida because her husband took a job in that area. She is one of my good friends at work and when the staff decided to put together a luncheon to say goodbye I was asked to make her a cake. Knowing that she was moving to Florida, I immediately got to work researching beach themed cakes.
In the end I decided on making a marble half sheet cake. I’ve never made a marble cake in my life, but found two recipes that looked tasty and went from there. I made the yellow cake first, then dotted it with the chocolate cake and swirled. The end result was a beautiful marbled cake.
The cake itself wasn’t too hard to make, but the decorating took quite a long time. I tinted icing blue and iced the entire cake. While the icing was still wet I covered half the cake with crushed up graham crackers for sand. I used royal icing to make bikinis, swim trunks, and sunglasses on teddy grahams and set them up on fruit by the foot beach towels, gummy saver inter tubes, and underneath beach umbrellas. A lot of detail work went into it, but it was a crowd pleaser. My friend absolutely loved it and numerous co-workers came by my room to tell me I should open my own bakery. At the end of the day I went to pack up the leftover cake to bring home for my husband. Boy was I surprised when the entire thing was gone!