This year in the UK we have had an amazing summer with the sun shining most days (which is rare for a UK summer, I mean we are known for our rain!), so I really wanted to create a summer themed cake for this weeks video tutorial. This is a cake a I have been so excited to make, so for this weeks video I am going to show you step by step how I made this bucket and spade cake…

bucket & Spade cake

I absolutely loved how this cake turned out, and I really hope you like it too. The bucket is made from 3 layers of 6 inch vanilla sponge cake, carved into the bucket shape with the tapered edges. It was then filled with milk chocolate ganache to give it more stability than buttercream and coloured in this beautiful jade colour icing / fondant from Renshaw. I then made a spade out of gumpaste which was placed to look like it was just pocking out of the sand and covered the top of the bucket and board with edible sand.


bucket & Spade cake

For the sand I used Digestive biscuits crushed up into fine pieces. I found these were the perfect shade and texture to look like the bucket was placed on real sand at the beach.

I then finished the cake off with these edible shells. I think the shells are one of my favourite parts of this cake. I used 4 different colours of icing, a white, a light ivory, a dark ivory and a grey mixed together to give a marbled effect. I then used a silicone mould to give me these perfect shell shapes, which I think looked so perfect sticking out of the sand.

Throughout the video I show you step by step every stage of the cake, so be sure to check that out if you would like to make your own bucket and spade cake, or just to get some cake decorating tips. I really hope you enjoy this video tutorial and find it useful.

I have also put a link below to some of the tools I used throughout this video below:
Silicone shell moulds:
Jade Icing / Fondant:
Modelling tools:
Edible glue:
Rolling Pin:
Plastic Smoothers:
Squires Kitchen Belissimo Flexi Smoothers:
Turn Table:

Plus why not save the tutorial for later and pin it to Pinterest

Bucket & Spade cake tutorial