No Bake Sand Cake

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No Bake Sand Cake Bucket

Going to the beach for a few days and want to pull off a ridiculously easy dessert one night?

Need a fun dessert to take to a potluck bbq that looks impressive AND is easy to transport?

Just want to bust some summer boredom with a tasty treat?

Look no further.

My friend Sara kept talking about this “Sand Cake” that she makes.  I was totally intrigued and when she sent me a picture of the one she made, I knew I had to attempt it for Lily.  The truth is, there is no attempting required – it’s so easy to make it’s really almost impossible to mess up.  REALLY.

You will need:

New plastic bucket with shovel (we got ours at Dollar Tree and picked a translucent one so that you can see the cake layers inside!)
Wash bucket before using!

1 package of Golden Oreo Cookies

1 single chocolate Oreo Cookie (NOT 1 pack, 1 COOKIE, NO MORE than 1 cookie!)

8 oz (1 package) cream cheese

1 stick of butter

1 cup of confectioner sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups milk

2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz boxes)

1 container of cool whip (thawed)

summer sand cake ingredients

How to make:

Use a food processor to crush the cookies.  If you want all golden sand, use only the Golden Oreos.  If you want your sand to have a hint of black to it, use 1 (AND ONLY 1) regular chocolate Oreo.  Trust me, that one Oreo goes farther than you’d believe.  1 package of Golden Oreos to 1 single chocolate Oreo cookie is a good ratio.

summer sand cake oreos

I was too lazy to dig out the food processor, so I grabbed the Baby Bullet off the counter and used that.  :)

summer sand cake oreos baby bullet

Sand!  (Mine had some bigger chunks of icing from the cookies. I left them that way to give it some texture.  Feel free to do the same or completely pulverize your cookies!)

summer sand cake crushed oreo sand

Set sand aside.

Beat the following ingredients in a bowl until light and fluffy: cream cheese, butter, confectioner sugar, vanilla.

summer sand cake whipped ingredients

Set this bowl aside.

Whisk the milk and pudding for 2 minutes.

summer sand cake pudding mix

summer sand cake whipped pudding

Fold Cool Whip into pudding.

summer sand cake folding cool whip

Fold pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture.

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summer sand cake pudding layer

Now you’re ready to fill your bucket!

Starting with a layer of crushed cookies, layer your two ingredients (sand, pudding, sand, pudding and so on) until you get to the top of the bucket.  Top the final layer of pudding with the rest of your cookies.

summer sand cake first layer

summer sand cake how to layer

summer sand cake beginning

Refrigerate this dessert until you are about to serve it.

Just before serving, stick the shovel in the top (and use it as the serving utensil!).


p.s. Lily came into the kitchen just as I was taking the finished pictures.  Her exact words, “MOM!  Now that is BRILLIANT!”  Indeed.

No Bake Sand Cake

No Bake Sand Cake Bucket Dessert


No Bake Sand Cake Recipe

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2 thoughts on “No Bake Sand Cake”

  1. Thank you for the recipe inspiration. I changed it a little to make it gluten free and used homemade whipped cream in place of the Cool Whip – it was a hit! We had a family beach trip this year and everyone from 9 to 75 years old said it was delicious. :)


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