Pool Party Cake

Wow your family and friends with this delightful summer cake!

This pool party cake is colorful, creative, and (surprisingly) easy to decorate.     

Cut Out Pool Party Cake Cake

My wife used a store-bought white cake mix and baked it in two, greased 9-inch cake pans that were lined with waxed paper.  

Both layers were crumb coated with a light layer of homemade cream cheese frosting and put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. The recipe for the frosting is below. 

Cutting Out The Swimming Pool

The bottom layer of the pool party cake was frosted with a second layer of the cream cheese frosting.  

We made a 5-inch round template with a ruler and a piece of paper.  

The paper template was placed on the top layer and the pool was cut out with a serrated knife.  It was one-inch deep (more or less).  

That layer had already been placed on top of the fully-iced bottom layer before the cutting was done.

 

Creating the Water

The next picture shows the cake being filled with its "water."

 

Making Pool Party Cake Cake

The water was created with a 3-ounce package of berry blue gelatin.

To make the gelatin you dissolve it in boiling water.

Then pour cold water into a two-cup measuring cup and add ice cubes until it reaches 1 1/4 cups.

Add the cold water/ice cube mixture to the gelatin and stir until it becomes slightly thickened. Throw away any extra ice.

Refrigerate the gelatin until it becomes soft set. A half-hour should be long enough.  

Then spoon the gelatin into the hollowed out portion of the top layer as shown in the photo.

Be sure to do this slowly because you don't want to spill the gelatin outside of the pool area on the top layer of the cake.  

  

Decorating the Cake

The top layer of the cake was then iced with the cream cheese frosting. 

The pool ladder was created with two, four-inch pieces of green licorice that were folded over the top and placed 1 1/4 inches apart on the side of the cake. The steps, made out of the same color licorice, were placed from the middle to the top part of the ladder.

Next we put some Swedish fish candies on the side of the cake.  We had bought large ones, but the smaller size would probably have been better. 

Pool Party Cake

Between each three Swedish fish candies we placed one Peachie-O candy.

We placed different colored Necco wafer candies as steps leading up to the ladder. A small amount of frosting was used to attach them to the cake board.

The red pool chair on the side of the pool was made with an AirHead candy that was bent into the shape of a chair.

Runt candies were used for the chair's legs and were attached with a small bit of frosting.

The table next to the chair was mad with a Necco wafer candy attached to a lollipop stick with a little frosting.

The diving board was created with two green Now and Later candies (with frosting between them). A red Life Savers Gummy was cut in half to make the handles of the diving board.  

The board itself was a stick of spearmint gum.  (It drooped, so we put a toothpick along the underside of the gum to make it stay straight).

The buoy rope across the pool was made with Smarties candies placed side by side.

More Smarties were placed along the sides of the pool to add some color and texture.

The final touch was one Sour Bright Octopus candy that was placed in the pool.  

 

The Finished Pool Party Cake

The last picture shows the cake from above.

My wife brought the cake to her work and she and her co-workers enjoyed eating it.

Pool Party Cake From Above

Ingredients For The Pool Party Cake:

1 package (18 1/4 ounces) of white cake mix

1 package (3 ounces) of berry blue gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling water

1/2 cup of cold water

ice cubes

1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese that has been softened

1/4 cup of softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon of salt

4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 piece of shoestring licorice for ladder (we used green)

1 bag of Swedish Fish candies

5 Peachie-O's candies

5 Necco wafer candies

1 Air Head candy 

A small box of Runts candies

1 lollipop stick

2 Now and Later candies

1 stick of spearmint chewing gum

About 100 Smarties candies

1 Sour Brite Octopus candy

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth in a large bowl. Add vanilla and salt and then beat in the confectioners' sugar until smooth and fluffy. Set aside two tablespoons of the frosting to use for decorating. Frost top of cake with 2/3 cup of frosting.     

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