How-To Make a Tiki Hut Cabana Cake

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Colorful Centerpiece Cabana Cake

Hosting a luau party? Make a deluxe summer cake using a spectacular set of cake decorations and a variety of buttercream piping techniques. From surf to sand, the base tiers set the scene. Then top it off with a mega-wow factor: a Tiki Hut resting on elevated pillars. With this cake as the centerpiece, your tropical-themed party will be hot, hot, hot.

How-To Make a Tiki Hut Cabana Cake

What You’ll Need

  • 1 – 6” Triple Layer Round Cake
  • 1 – 8” Double Layer Round Cake
  • 1 – 10” Double Layer Round Cake
  • 6 Cups White Icing
  • 1 ½ Cups Royal Blue Icing
  • 2 ½ Cups Sky Blue Icing
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Icing
  • 1 Cup Medium Brown Icing
  • 1 ½ Cup Dark Brown Icing
  • Coconut Cabana Signature DecoSet® Cake Topper
  • Gold Sanding Sugar
  • Brown Sanding Sugar
  • Neon Spiral Birthday Candles
  • Premium Gel Color in Royal Blue, Sky Blue and Brown
  • Angled Spatula
  • Decorating Triangle
  • Piping Tip #8
  • Piping Tip #10
  • Piping Tip #12
  • Small Grass Decorating Tip #133
  • 1 7/8” W Cake Icer Decorating Tip #789
  • 7” Clear Pillars
  • Hidden Pillars
  • Pastry Bags
  • Coupler
  • Cake Decorator’s Plastic Icing Scraper
  • 6” Cake Board
  • 6” Cake Separator Plate
  • 8” Cake Separator Plate
  • 12” White Foil Cake Board
  • Food-safe Scissors
  • Serrated Knife
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  • Step 1

    Learn how to make a cabana cake

    Place 10” double layer round cake on a 12” foil cake board. With an open coupler, pipe royal blue icing around the bottom of the cake, sky blue icing around the top half, and white over the top.

  • Step 2

    Make an ombre effect for the waves layer of a cabana cake

    Add small dabs of white icing on the sky blue icing section. Then, use a plastic icing scraper, smooth the icing to create an ombre effect. Smooth top by scraping in towards the cake, rotating as you go.

     Tip: Check out How-to Create an Airbrush Effect with Icing Alone for step-by-step instructions.

  • Step 3

    Add waves to your cabana cake

    Using a Decorating Triangle, comb around the 10” cake in a wavy motion to create texture.

  • Step 4

    Add sanding sugar for the second layer of your cabana cake to look like a beach

    In a wide shallow bowl, mix together 2/3 Cup of Gold Sanding Sugar and 1/3 Cup of Brown Sanding Sugar.

    Place 8” double layer cake on an 8” separator plate. Base ice in white, and then immediately apply sanding sugar mixture to the fresh icing with your hand.

  • Step 5

    Add hidden pillars to support your cabana cake

    Place 8” cake on a separator plate. Hold 8” cake above 10” cake and establish center. Gently press cake plate feet into the frosting of the 10” cake to mark where to insert the hidden pillars. Then, measure four hidden pillars to the height of the 10” double layer cake and trim to size. Insert pillars into the cake. 

  • Step 6

    Place the beach cake on top of the waves for the first two layers of a cabana cake

    Place 8” cake on top of the 10” cake, inserting the separator plate feet into the pillars. Using an open coupler, pipe additional white icing around the base of the first tier and apply the sanding sugar mixture.

  • Step 7

    Begin stacking pillars for the top tier of a cabana cake

    Attached 7” clear pillars to the 6” separator plate. Center the assembled pillars and plate over the 8” cake and insert pillars as far as they will go. Carefully, remove the separator plate and set aside.

  • Step 8

    Add brown icing to the clear pillars in a cabana cake

    Using Piping Tip #10 and dark brown icing, cover the exposed pillars and smooth with an angled spatula. Reattach the separator plate to the iced pillars.

     Tip: You can keep the icing rough to resemble wood on pier docks.

  • Step 9

    Create the tiki hut roof of a cabana cake

    Stack three 6” cake layers together with icing in between each layer on a 6” cake board. With a serrated knife, start in the center and cut the top layer to create 4 angled flat sides. This will form the roof of the cabana.

  • Step 10

    Adhere cabana cake to the separator plate using a dab of icing

    Adhere cabana cake to the separator plate using a dab of icing.

  • Step 11

    Pipe blue and brown icing around the cabana cake

    Using 1 7/8” W Cake Icer Decorating Tip #789 and dark brown icing, pipe a band around the bottom of the 6” cake. Using the same tip and sky blue icing, pipe a band around the top of the cake.

  • Step 12

    Pipe dark brown icing beams on the cabana cake

    Using Piping Tip #12 and dark brown icing, pipe vertical lines to resemble support beams up the 6” cake, and a top and bottom border to cover the board and separator plate.

  • Step 13

    Pipe light brown details on the cabana cake

    Using Piping Tip #8 and medium brown icing, pipe vertical bamboo details around the bottom section of the cabana cake. Change to Piping Tip #10 to pipe a horizontal line to resemble the railing.

  • Step 14

    Use light brown icing to pipe a grass roof on the cabana cake

    Using Small Grass Decorating Tip #133 and light brown icing, pipe layers of grass on the top of the cabana roof, starting at the bottom and overlapping each layer to reach the top.

  • Step 15

    Add tiki hut cake decorations and a lei for complete your cabana cake

    Place all decorations from the Coconut Beach Cabana Signature DecoSet® Cake Topper on the cake. Begin by adding one lei around the base of the cake. Then, insert tiki candles, plants, trees, flowers, surfboard, Coconut Beach Cabana sign and the umbrella.

Supplies

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    Sanding Sugar - 8 Lbs., Gold (sku: 5548)
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    Sanding Sugar - 8 Lbs., Brown (sku: 11317)
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