Life’s a Beach, Especially When There’s Cake!

From weddings and baby showers, to birthdays and graduations, a beach party is perfect for every occasion! Get ready for wave after wave of delicious beach-themed beauties.

Pirate Themed Cake
Photo via Yuma Couture Cakes

Pirate-themed baby-shower cake:

Aaahhh, the beach. Sand, surf, tall ships on the horizon flying the Jolly Roger…with a pacifier? The marbled waves in shades of turquoise give the bottom tier of this baby-shower cake great movement and depth. The top tier is brushed with a mixture of corn syrup and water, then rolled in finely crushed graham-cracker crumbs mixed with brown sugar. The Jolly Roger’s pacifier turns the pirate flag from scary to adorable.

Beach Themed Cake
Photo via Little Cherry Cake Company

Pretty beach-themed birthday cake:

This beautiful birthday cake proves that a beach theme doesn’t have to mean sandy beige and shades of blue. A pastel palette makes this cake perfect for a baby girl, and the little crab sunning himself on a rock amps up the cuteness factor. Check out Anne Heap’s Cake Topper Techniques Craftsy class to learn how to put together adorable figures like these.

Seashell Cupcake Toppers
Photo via The Baking Sheet

Sea creature cupcake toppers:

Sometimes though, only sandy beige and shades of blue can really capture the feel of the beach. These cupcake toppers are layered with thin waves of fondant and topped with sea creatures formed from a mold. Tiny edible pearls are the perfect finishing touch.

Beach Wedding Cake
Photo via Cakes by Elisa

Elegant beach wedding cake:

A beach wedding is a dream for many, and this study in ivory could well be the dream cake for the occasion. Pearl borders, white-chocolate seashells and coral all blend to give a classic wedding look. The only break from tradition is the bride and groom starfish topper, complete with veil and top hat.

Beach Birthday Cake
Photo via Peggy Does Cake

Fun-in-the-sun birthday cake:

More sun and surf, but this time in bright shades of perfectly smooth buttercream. It’s a good thing there’s a beach umbrella up there, because this cake is hot! The sun is shining down on a primary-color palette that gives the cake such a young and vibrant feel. The board has been covered in scrapbooking card stock and sealed with transparent contact paper — a clever, versatile and economical alternative to fondant.

Beach Cake Pops
Photo via Cakes by Tali

Beach-themed cake pops:

Cake pops — bite-sized treats of cake crumbs mixed with buttercream and dipped in melted chocolate — are the perfect treat to take to the beach. Decorated with tiny fondant accents, sprinkles and paper umbrellas, these are colorful, jolly and utterly adorable. They are sure to put a smile on your face as you pop them in your mouth.

Pool Themed Cake
Photo via CorrieCakes

Water-park sheet cake:

And then there’s always the water park! An afternoon of fun in an inflatable raft will cool us off and perk us up. A velvety smooth buttercream sheet cake is the perfect canvas for this splashy summer tableau. Paper-thin layers of bright fondant build the scene and prove that sheet cakes definitely deserve their place on the best party tables!

If you like these summery cakes, you may also enjoy our roundups of cakes for cookoutsice-cream-themed cakes, and tropical cakes.

If you have an invitation to a beach party this year, what kind of cake do you hope there will be?

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