Tested till perfect Pool Party Birthday Cake
Pool Party Cake
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Pool Party Birthday Cake

Dive into one of Canadian Living's most popular cake recipes.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: © CanadianLiving.com

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  • Portion size 16 to 20


  • 1 package (85 g) 1package (85 g)blue jelly powder
  • 1 1White Buttermilk Cake recipe
  • 1 1Creamy Vanilla Frosting recipe
  • 44 44multicoloured cream filled wafers
  • 1 each piece (7 inches/18 cm long) 1each piece (7 inches/18 cm long)red and green shoestring licorice
  • pink chocolate rounds, multicoloured sprinkles, chocolate finger cookies, and miscellaneous candies
  • doughnut-shaped jelly candies
  • gumballs
  • small toy characters
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Cover bottom and sides of cake pan with plastic wrap; set aside. Make jelly powder according to manufacturer's instructions but use only 3/4 cup (175 mL) cold water; pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour or until completely set.

Meanwhile, cut cake into kidney shape; place on cake board. With spoon, hollow out 1/2 inch (1 cm) from top of cake, leaving 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick walls as border.

With palette knife, spread icing over sides and border of cake. Trim wafers to 2-inch (5 cm) lengths or to match height of cake. Alternating colours, press wafers onto side of cake for fence, leaving 2-inch (5 cm) space uncovered for ladder.

With spatula, pick up long slabs of blue jelly; arrange in hollowed-out centre of cake, rippling to resemble waves.

Cut red piece of licorice in half; arrange both halves on space on side of cake for ladder railings, pressing ends into cake to secure. Cut green licorice into small pieces for ladder steps; secure in place with icing.

At opposite end from ladder, press wafer in place for diving board, arrange pink chocolate rounds and multicoloured sprinkles for landscape. Arrange chocolate finger cookies for wooden planking.

Just before serving, place toy people in doughnut shaped candy for swimmers in rafts. Add gumballs for beach balls.

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