Sand Castle Day

Jun 13th, 2009
Building sand castles on cake---the great Haystack Rock and sea creatures at low tide.

Today was a busy one here in CANNON BEACH. The annual sand castle building contest took place starting at low tide at 8 am this morning and continuing until the last one was judged at 2:00 pm. The crowds were bigger this year and the quality of the entries very high. From the beach to the town, everyone in CB seemed to have the sand castle spirit. Our sand-cake for the children was a hit. We had a step stool up to it as children “shoveled” a large portion onto their plate. No end to the fun here at EVOO.

DIRT & SAND CASTLE CAKE Makes one 5 quart size or four 1 qt size
16 oz pkg Oreo cookies for dirt cake
16 oz pkg pecan Sandies for sand cake
4 pkg instant chocolate or butterscotch pudding
12 oz cream cheese
6 TBS butter
4 ¾ cup milk
4 cups whipped cream

Gummy worms, marshmallows, gumdrop flowers Method: 1. If using a flowerpot with a drainage hole, reserve 1 cookie to place over hole to prevent leaking. Place remaining cookies in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture resembles dirt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter, and stir until creamy. Set aside.
3. In another large bowl, whisk together instant-pudding mixes and milk; stir until well blended. Using a rubber spatula, fold pudding mixture into cream-cheese mixture. Fold in whipped cream.
4. In a flowerpot or bucket with a 5-quart capacity, alternate layers of cookie “dirt” and pudding mixture, starting and ending with cookie “dirt.” Chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with candy. To make beach scene: crush peacan sandies and/or Lorna Doone’s shortbread cookies. Press into children’s sand toys and unmold on sand of your beach cake.