How to create the texture of sand on sugarpaste!

Follow this quick and simple guide to create the texture of sand on sugarpaste and once learnt you'll be able to use the technique again and again on all your future seaside cake decorating projects!

by Emma Stewart 

This tutorial originally featured in the August 2021 issue of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft magazine – get your copy to make more seaside themed decorations or subscribe for year-round cake decorating and baking inspiration straight to your door or digital device!

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You will need


  • Sugarpaste covered cake
  • Cream and chocolate dust (Rainbow Dust)


  • Clean stiff bristle brush (such as a scrubbing brush or a nail brush)
  • Tin foil
  • High percentage alcohol


Add sand texture to the lower section of your sugarpaste covered cake using a clean stiff bristle brush and scrunched up tin foil.
Lightly sponge the sane texture with a cream watercolour made using cream dust mixed with high percentage alcohol. If you are using a cake board, cover the cake board with sugarpaste and repeat steps 1 and 2 to add texture.
Add shading and depth to the sand with dry dusts in sandy tones such as cream and a hint of brown and using a paintbrush.
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