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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 31, 2004 - Issue 118


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Fun Summer Cakes

Want to get some grins from your friends and family? Try these fun cakes!
Pail of Sand Cake

  • 1 baked 8-inch round cake
  • 1 8- to 9-cup capacity new plastic sand pail
  • 24 oz. unsweetened applesauce (or 1 3-oz. package pudding, prepared)
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers or cookies
  • Shell candies
  • 1 plastic shovel


Step 1: Cut the cake into 1-inch slices. Fit the slices into the pail, alternating layers of cake with applesauce or pudding, ending with applesauce.
Step 2: Sprinkle on the crushed cookie sand and top with shell candies. Now dig in with the plastic shovel.

Tip: When you finish with the cake, wash out the pail, fill it with sand and let the young ones have fun.

Under the Sea Cake



  • 1 baked 13" x 9" x 2" cake
  • 2 to 3 cups blue icing
  • Green apple Sour Belts
  • Blue and/or green fruit leather
  • Candy rocks
  • Candy seashells
  • Gummy sea creatures, such as fish, sharks, and octopuses
  • Mini Swedish fish
  • Sour tropical fish


Step 1: Frost the cake with the icing.
Step 2: To create plants, roll or twist various lengths of sour belts and fruit leather before placing them on the cake.
Step 3: Place candy rocks and seashells along the bottom.
Step 4: Finish off your underwater scene by arranging schools of gummy fish, sharks, and other deep-sea dwellers.

Snorkler Cake



  • 2 baked 9-inch round cakes
  • 2 to 3 cups chocolate icing
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • 2 green LifeSavers Gummies
  • 2 blue M&Ms
  • 1 piece red shoestring licorice
  • 1 orange gumdrop
  • New snorkel and diving mask, washed with soap and water


Step 1:
Layer and frost the cakes.
Step 2:
Unwrap the Kisses and place them around the top for hair.
Step 3:
Add the LifeSavers and M&Ms for eyes, a licorice mouth, and a gumdrop nose.
Step 4:
Remove or unfasten the strap on the diving mask, then place it over the face and lay the snorkel next to the cake.

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