A day at the beach with bears, fish

If you happened to catch last week’s recipe, then you probably read that my son’s birthday party ended up with two desserts.

This is what happens when you combine an indecisive 6-year-old and a large extended family.

I knew there was a large chance that we would need more than one dessert due to the amount of people, so when he couldn’t decide, it presented the perfect opportunity to make them both.

Along the very same lines of pudding, cake and gummy candy was his second birthday dessert.

A trifle that was much unlike any of the other ones I’ve made, including teddy grahams and a little beach scene.

He got the idea from some cupcakes that I had made years back for my niece’s birthday when she was about the same age.

A few adjustments to turn this into something larger scale than cupcakes, and we were good to go.

If you have a beach themed party, summer event, or even just a day at the beach coming up, here’s your snack. This is quite possibly the quickest, easiest beach dessert you’ll find!

Without further delay, here are some cute bears at the beach to make your summer fun a little cuter.

As always, thanks for reading! Happy beach days and happy baking from hbk!

Bears at the Beach Trifle


1 yellow or white cake, prepared

12 graham crackers, finely crushed

4 Oreos, optional*

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

2-4 Tbsp. sugar

1 pkg. vanilla pudding, large or family pack

3 C. milk

Blue food coloring


Teddy Grahams

Tootsie rolls

Lifesaver gummies

Swedish Fish

Drink umbrellas, optional

1. Take a cooled white or yellow cake and cut into small pieces, layering at the bottom of the trifle bowl.

2. In a food processor, or a Ziploc bag, crush the graham crackers. Mix in sugar and butter. Sugar can be down according to your taste preferences.

* If desired, crush 4 Oreo cookies at the same time to add extra speckles to your sand. Without them, you will still have great sand! They just add a little extra.

3. Prepare pudding according to package directions. Add food coloring and mix well. I used gel food coloring, and it took about 1/8 teaspoon to reach the water color I wanted.

4. Layer pudding on top of cake to make your water, and graham cracker crumbs on top of one side of the pudding (see picture.)

5. Use Swedish fish, teddy grahams and lifesaver gummies to decorate your beach scene! You will need a very small amount of each to decorate with. If you can buy them from a bulk candy section, this would be ideal.

I used about 9 teddy grahams, 2 fruity tootsie rolls, rolled out with a rolling pin to make beach towels, 4 lifesaver gummies for inter-tubes, and about 4 Swedish fish in the water. Decorate to your hearts’ content!

This dessert will serve 6-8 people.

Katy Wise is a Fredonia resident.