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Swimming Pool Cake

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This swimming pool cake will make a big splash at your summer party!

It is so very cute and actually pretty easy to decorate...great for a beginning decorator!

To add some flare I decorated the sides with a clothesline adorned with little bathing suits.

It added such a fun touch to the cake that I ended up making little bathing suit cupcakes to go along with it!

How to Make this Swimming Pool Cake

You'll Need:

  • Two 9" baked cakes, leveled
  • Two to three batches of buttercream frosting
  • Icing coloring gels (sky blue, pink, leaf green, orange, and yellow)
  • Decorating bags and tips (#3, #5, #21, and #233)
  • Doll (a "Kelly" sized Barbie works perfectly)
  • Inner tube (I used the top ring of one of those Fisher Price baby ring-stacking toys)


  • Place the first 9" cake on a cake plate or covered cake board. Frost the top with a generous layer of white buttercream frosting.
  • Center the second cake evenly on top of the first cake. Cover the sides of the cakes with an even layer of white buttercream, making it as smooth as possible.
  • Put enough frosting to cover the top of the cake into a bowl. Add about 1/4 cup more. Tint blue. Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake, making sure to meet the white icing on the sides of the cake. Use your knife to make "ripples" in the frosting. Spoon the rest of the blue frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a #21 tip. Pipe a ruffle border around the top edge of the cake.
  • Tint a small portion of frosting pink and spoon it into a decorating bag fitted with a #3 tip. Pipe a birthday message on the front of the cake.
  • To make the clothesline poles, tint a small portion of frosting yellow. With a #5 tip, pipe lines down the sides of the cake to represent poles.
  • Tint a large portion of the frosting green. Use a #3 tip to draw the clothesline from pole to pole, and to begin piping the bathing suits hanging on the line.
  • Put a small portion of white frosting, as well as some orange-tinted frosting into decorating bags. Use these colors, along with the yellow, pink, and blue to finish up the bathing suits.
  • To make the grass border, change the tip on the green frosting to #233. Starting at the back of the cake, place the tip against the bottom edge of the cake and squeeze the bag. Pull toward you and release pressure on the bag. This should give you a "grass" effect. If not, you may want to practice on a paper towel until you get the hang of it.
  • Change the tip on the white frosting bag to #21. Pipe flowers at the bottom of each clothesline pole, and complete the centers with dots of the yellow frosting.
  • Sit back and admire your masterpiece!

Party Supplies to Go With Your Swimming Pool Cake

Here are a few party supply designs from Birthday in a Box that would be a great match for your swimming pool cake:

Ice Cream Cookie Cutter

Mini Flamingo Plush Toy

Beach Ball

Bathtime Favor Set

Pool Party Beverage Napkins

Pool Party Centerpiece

Pool Party Deluxe Favor Set

Pool Party Favor Set

Pool Party Birthday Box

Waterballoon Fun Pack

Ice Cream Bubbles

Pool Party Table Cover

Pool Party Personalized Bag Tag

Pool Party Personalized Banner

Pool Party Personalized Button

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