Biscuit beach!!!

This was a great project, suggested it to Samantha a few weeks ago and she really took to the idea. It is a Frances Quinn idea from good food magazine, but she’s a bit complicated for is, which was putting me off. In the end I decided to simplify it loads, and make it loads smaller. I didn’t even read much of the recipe as it took up a full page and involved way too many steps! My way is loads simpler. Luckily we had a really small bucket and spade which were a perfect size to make a cheesecake to do four portions. So essentially there are three individual elements to this cake… The biscuit beach, the sandcastle cheesecake and the ice cream cone cakes. Easy!

Sandcastle/ beach
About 450g mixed biscuits (we used malted milk for the castle and ginger for the sands, but better to mix. If you had a normal size bucket you’d need more biscuits)
150g butter (approx)

Cheesecake centre and icing
200g cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla (might miss out next time, was a bit sickly)
100g icing sugar
150ml double cream
A few raspberries to put inside the cheesecake (optional)

cone cakes
4 ice cream cones (I used normal ones as that’s what I had but if you have to but them the flat bottomed ones might be easier, although less authentic)
50g butter
50g sugar
50g sr flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Sprinkles to decorate
Flake (could use little ones, I just broke up a big one as it was cheaper)

For the cheesecake castle
Crush most of the biscuits in a processor
Melt the butter and stir it in
Use a brush an a bit of oil to grease inside the bucket. Do this quite well
Push the biscuit mixture into the bucket. To make a hole in the middle (for the cheesecake, grease the really small tube from the top of the processor and put it in
When it’s totally full, leave the tube in and place in fridge for an hour

cheesecake filling
Whisk the cream (I didn’t do this but should have)
Whip up the cream cheese in the stand mixer or electric whisk (you’ve probably used this for the cream, so I guess just add in the cheese)
Add in the icing sugar and potentially the vanilla and whip until smooth
Put in fridge until needed

make the cake batter
I did a basic sponge…
Cream butter and sugar
Mix in the egg and vanilla
Stir in the flour

to make the cone cakes
If you’ve used normal cones you need to find a way to hold them upright. I used foil to wedge them into a casserole dish, which worked pretty well. If you’ve used stand up cones you’re laughing!
Put the cake batter in a piping bag and pipe it into the cones. I didn’t do this, I tried to do it with a spoon. Which was tricky. But the main problem I had was I left the mixture poking out of the cone like an ice cream… But of course when it got hot it got wetter and dripped down. So pipe it right into the cone and let it magically rise up like an ice cream… And then use the icing to improve the effect!
Put cones in oven. Didn’t record time. Check after 20 mins

Back to the cheesecake castle
Remove it from fridge after an hour and pull the tube out carefully
Fill the hole with cheesecake mixture and a few strawberries
Put back in the fridge
You can probably have a break for an hour now!

the beach itself
We made our biscuit beach on a plate with quite a good ridge at the edge
Crush the rest of your biscuits and add to the ones you’ve got left over. You may need to add a bit of butter depending how you want it. I did but it’s up to you.
Spread these biscuits on your plate
Turn your castle out. This is a little tricky. I used a knife to help separate it from the bucket, but then it came out surprisingly easily, just like a real sandcastle
Put the remaining cheesecake mixture in a piping bag, with a nozzle if you’ve got one (this was surprisingly easy too. I put the nozzle down the bottom of the closed bag, put the icing in, and then when I snipped the bag I could push the nozzle through the hole.
Pipe the icing onto the cone cakes, so it looks like icing. Add sprinkles.
If you’ve used normal ice cream cones they obviously won’t stand up by themselves so you’ll have to be a bit creative. We leant one on the castle, lay one down, and put one upside down on the castle (we only made three)
When your ice creams are in place put the flakes on
Decorate the beach with your bucket and spade

This was really fun to make, and surprisingly cheap and easy! Took about two hours… And I was sitting down for an hour of it!

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