Beach Inspired Desserts ~ Fun in the Sun

I love summer and I especially love the ocean.  The family and I haven’t had a vacation in over 10 years so I’m getting a bit {TREMENDOUSLY} antsy longing for the sound of the waves, the smell of the water and the feel of sand beneath my feet.  Until then, I’ll just dream with some Beach-Inspired Desserts.

You don’t need to worry about the grit of sand in your teeth ~ the secret to the sandy-look is light brown sugar.

I removed the handle from a kid’s beach pail and replaced it with some sisal and used some seashells and a starfish to decorate the areas that were not touching the food. I added some edible flowers to decorate the top of the Beach Sand Dessert and the cupcakes {I’ll be posting the recipe for the Pina Colada cupcakes in a few days so stay tuned}.

Beach Sand Dessert

Beach Sand Dessert

This can be served immediately or chilled for one hour before serving.


  • 24 golden Oreos {2/3 of a package} crushed
  • 2 {3.4} ounce packages of vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Light brown sugar for garnish


  1. Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese and vanilla. Once well mixed and smooth, gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  2. Whisk together milk and pudding and fold into Cool Whip mixture.
  3. Line beach pail with plastic wrap and add 1/2 of the crushed Oreos to the bottom.
  4. Add pudding mixture and then add the remaining half of the Oreos to the top.
  5. Garnish with light brown sugar.

A wonderful group of bloggers and I are hosting the Fun in the Sun Blog Hop, Linky and Giveaway ~ 14 great ideas for adding fun to your summer all topped off with a HUGE linky party and a great giveaway!

Fun In The Sun Blog Hop Summer Craft DIY

Yesterday, Courtney from French Country Cottage shared her Summer Tablescape which was so dreamy summery chic!

Tomorrow, Maryann from Domestically speaking will be sharing her Ultimate All American Sundae

Below are the hostesses so far {and their projects} and the upcoming hostesses

DIY Paper Lanterns by Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Summer Centerpiece by Kim from Sand & Sisal 

Aloha Summer Wreath from Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage 

Porch Decor from Becca at Adventures in Decorating 

Beach Inspired Mantel from Heather at Setting for Four 

5 Summer Inspired Crafts from Debbie at Debbiedoo’s

French Country Cottage 

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking 

 At the Picket Fence  

Yellow Bliss Road  

JoJo and Eloise 

DIY Show Off

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Fun in the Sun link party starts on June 27th and I can hardly wait to see what you’ll be linking AND don’t forget to come back and enter the giveaway.

Linking to:  Live Laugh Rowe, Katherine’s Corner, Piggy in Polka Dots, My Uncommon Designs OnlineTatertots and JelloThe Creative Connection

Project Inspire{d} Linky Party #19
Homemade White Chocolate Mocha Strawberry Ice Cream


  1. Oh my word!!! Mary Beth that looks so amazing! I’m seriously in awe of how talented you are and this is just so fun! :-)
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  2. SO SO SO, PRETTY!!! The colors are simply amazing and beach sand has never looked so edible!!! LOL!!
    You did a Fantastic job and thank you so much for sharing it with us!!
    Angelina-JoJo and Eloise´s last blog post ..Brand Love, Lately Lily

  3. That looks delicious … I’m grabbing my spoon right now! I love how fun this is … the presentation is fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

  4. This whole post is just pure eye candy lady!!!! So pretty. The dessert sounds delish and I look forward to sharing the cupcake recipe!!
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  5. This is awesome! I love everything about even that you replaced the handle on the pail! SO cute! Great presentation! Would love for you to link up at Party In Polka Dots!

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  6. Wow, I’m really impressed Mary Beth! What a talent you have. The cupcakes are just gorgeous!
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  7. Those are so adorable! I grew up near the ocean, and now live in a corn field. Hopefully this fall I will finally make it back to breathe in some salt air :)
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    • I can’t even imagine how wonderful it would be to live near the ocean! I hope you make it back this fall. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa.

  8. It looks absolutely amazing Mary Beth! I love this and your pictures are gorgeous too!!
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  9. Your beach bucket cake is absolutely lovely, Mary Beth! I especially love the way you replaced the plastic handle with the sisal one!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17´s last blog post ..Creative Cake DIY: Beach Bucket Cake with Edible “Sand” (and a Lemon Cake Oyster & Pearl on Top)

  10. Darn cute Mary Beth.

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  11. This sounds really good, and it is super cute in the sand bucket!

  12. Okay…this is seriously so stinkin cute and yummy looking!! Gonna try it for my gang this weekend.
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  13. I love everything about this beachy post. Pinned. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  14. Stunning photography girlfriend!! I’m simply amazed at the beautiful stylized photos you took – they really make me feel like I’m at the beach wiggling my toes in the sand! Yummy recipes too – what a fun way to celebrate summer!!
    Heather´s last blog post ..Beautiful DIY Makeovers for Your Home

  15. Mary Beth,
    Oh WOW, so pretty and fun for all ages. I LOVE the pictures, they are all amazing. Don’t you just love summer fun in the sun. See you tomorrow at Tuesday Trivia.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
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    • I do love summer fun in the sun, Wanda! Thanks so much for stopping by and I will definitely be over tomorrow for Tuesday Trivia. Hugs, Mary Beth

  16. Absolutely adorable!!! I had made a sand pail cake about ten years ago for my daughter’s beach party and she loved it (not to mention how easy it was to make too!). Love the beautiful photos you took too! (sharing 7 pinning like crazy). ;)

  17. Beautiful!!
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  18. oh this would make even Martha Stewart smile! :>D
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