40 minutes (plus overnight to sit)
3x9 inch cake pan
box of cake mix
1 container of vanilla frosting
blue food coloring
brown sugar or tan cookie crumbs
assorted beach-themed cake toys and props (hula dancers, surf board, drink umbrella, palm trees, etc.)
Swedish fish or other fish-shaped gummy candies
Bake the cake in the pan as directed on the box. After it cools, take the cake out and put it on a serving platter.
Divide the frosting into two bowls. Keep half of it white and mix in food coloring to make the other half blue. Frost half the cake with the blue icing to create water.
Pipe in white frosting “waves.” Cover the rest of the cake with white frosting and then cover it with the brown sugar or cookie crumbs.
To finish, arrange the fish-shaped gummy candies and beach-themed items on the cake. Place a few sprinkles on it as an accent.