6 Ingredient No Bake Sand Cake

6 ingredient no bake sand cake | All that's Jas

Three layers no bake Serbian cake made with just 6 ingredients is a perfect treat made in under 30 minutes.

Ready for a brand new dessert recipe that whips up fast? This Serbian three layer no-bake sand cake aka pesak (pijesak) torta is a perfect solution for busy days. Not only is it absolutely delicious, it requires just six easy ingredients. It is super quick to make and best of all, tastes like a vacation.

6 Ingredient No Bake Sand Cake

As soon as we enter September and all the fall frenzy winds down, everyone will be missing summer, lazy days on the beach, and sand between their toes. But here in my neck of the woods, we’ll still have a good month to complain about the heat if we’re lucky.

Fall would be so much more enjoyable if it came before spring and we could skip winters altogether, except for a week or two around Christmas. Where is Mother Nature’s suggestion box? 😉

Although my toes haven’t once touched the sand this summer, my teeth got plenty of it. No, I wasn’t diving headfirst into my granddaughter’s sandbox. The sand I sunk my teeth into is not the kind you keep finding days after your trip to the beach (and not only in your mouth, ha). Nope, the grittiness of this sweet, nutty, and tropical sand is welcomed. It tastes like a perfect beach day.

So while you are occupied getting all-things fall, I’m over here eating sand and paying homage to the summer. Once you start hating winter and dreaming of hot sand between your toes, come back here and grab this yummy recipe. Or better yet, pin it now so you’ll have it for later.

Originally, this cake uses “cook and serve” pudding so you can too, but we like to simplify recipes and find shortcuts that don’t compromise the traditional flavor.

Easy 6 Ingredient No Bake Sand Cake

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Graham cracker, coconut, and walnut layer of this no bake sand cake taste like a vacation.

Ingredients:

  • 3 (3.4 oz each) packages vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 ½ cup cold milk
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 ¼  cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 ¼  cups ground walnuts

 

~ Free Tip ~

Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or ½ cup melted chocolate to the walnut layer.
Use white chocolate pudding instead of vanilla.
Top the cake with whipped cream.
Warm the knife in hot water before slicing the cake.

 

Directions:

Grease an 8-inch springform and set aside.

Graham Cracker Layer

  1. Pour 1 cup milk into a small bowl.
  2. Add one package pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk until well blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat one stick butter until smooth and creamy. Add the pudding and mix until well combined.
  4. Fold in the graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Spread the mixture into a prepared springform.

Coconut Layer

  1. Pour 1 cup milk into a small bowl.
  2. Add one package pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk until well blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat one stick butter until smooth and creamy. Add the pudding and mix until well combined.
  4. Fold in the shredded coconut.
  5. Gently spread the mixture over the first layer.

Walnut Layer

  1. Pour 1 cup milk into a small bowl.
  2. Add one package pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk until well blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat one stick butter until smooth and creamy. Add the pudding and mix until well combined.
  4. Fold in the ground walnuts.
  5. Gently spread the mixture on top of the coconut layer.

Decorate the cake as desired. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Like easy and quick treats? Then you will also like these no-bake desserts.

Delicious three layer no bake Serbian sand cake aka pesak (pijesak) torta

 

Creamy three layer sand cake is super easy and quick to make with only 6 ingredients

 

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6 ingredient no bake sand cake | All that's Jas
6 Ingredient No Bake Sand Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Delicious, creamy three-layer Serbian dessert made with only six ingredients and in less than 30 minutes is a treat that tastes like a vacation.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Serbian
Servings: 8 -inch cake
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 3 3.4 oz each packages vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 ½ cup cold milk
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 ¼   cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 ¼   cups ground walnuts
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8-inch springform and set aside.
Graham Cracker Layer
  1. Pour 1 cup milk into a small bowl.

  2. Add one package pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk until well blended.

  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat one stick butter until smooth and creamy. Add the pudding and mix until well combined.

  4. Fold in the graham cracker crumbs.

  5. Spread the mixture into a prepared springform. 

Coconut Layer
  1. Pour 1 cup milk into a small bowl.

  2.  Add one package pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk until well blended.

  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat one stick butter until smooth and creamy. Add the pudding and mix until well combined.

  4. Fold in the shredded coconut.

  5. Gently spread the mixture over the first layer.

Walnut Layer
  1. Pour 1 cup milk into a small bowl.

  2. Add one package pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk until well blended.

  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat one stick butter until smooth and creamy. Add the pudding and mix until well combined.

  4. Fold in the ground walnuts.

  5. Gently spread the mixture on top of the coconut layer.

  6. Decorate the cake as desired. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or ½ cup melted chocolate to the walnut layer. Use white chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. Top the cake with whipped cream. Warm the knife in hot water before slicing the cake.

Pin it for later: 6 Ingredient No Bake Sand Cake

Easy and quick, creamy and delicious three layer no bake sand cake is made with just 6 ingredients and tastes like a vacation. Enjoy the graham cracker, coconut, and walnut layers of this yummy Serbian dessert.

See this recipe featured on Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

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30 Comment

  1. Reply
    Katrin
    August 30, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Delicious!! I love no bake, because here where I live its still going to be hot for at least another month as well, so if I don’t need to use the oven that is great!! It looks fantastic!!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 30, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks, Katrin! After it cools down we usually get “an Indian summer”, about a week of hot weather before the cold takes over. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    August 30, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Wow, this cake looks gorgeous!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 30, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you, Kat! 😀

  3. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    August 30, 2017 at 11:09 am

    ‘scuse me, I have to run into town for some walnuts!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Haha, OK 😉

  4. Reply
    Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid
    September 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    You had me at no bake 🙂 Thank you Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you for hosting a wonderful party for grandmothers!

  5. Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Your No Bake Sand Cake looks awesome, can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

  6. Reply
    Carlee
    September 2, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    That does look absolutely gorgeous and delicious too. Please apologize to the cake for me after calling it a cheesecake. Clearly it is not, but these flavors would make a fun layered no-bake cheesecake as well. I’m just sayin’ 😉 Think about it…. xo

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Ha ha, the cake is not offended at all it says thank you for the idea to get it upgraded 😉

  7. Reply
    Joyce
    September 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    This looks great! I always scan recipes for probability of sharing with grandkids. This one scores! They line up at the counter waiting for their turn to add, mix, or stir. I would cut them each a slice and plunk on a teddy graham sunning beneath a paper cocktail umbrella!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Oh, that’s an adorable idea! A perfect setting for a graham teddy and cocktail umbrella! 😀 I wanted to add chocolate sea shells on top, but couldn’t find them at the store (they’re available any other time, of course).

  8. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    September 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Wow that looks impressive Jas and I haven’t seen a Sand cake before. I’ve pinned this for future reference to try. Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty and have a great week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks, Sue! It’s easy to make and tasty! 🙂

  9. Reply
    Christina Makri
    September 8, 2017 at 4:19 am

    You are an artist in the kitchen! Really your cake looks like a piece of art but also looks so delicious 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 9, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Aw, thank you, Christina! Means a lot! 🙂

  10. Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and we have pinned it to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a safe weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 9, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen! I am thrilled 😀

  11. Reply
    carrie
    September 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Looks delicious and looks easy. I ‘m not big on lots of ingredients so this is perfect. Pinned

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Hi, Carrie! It really is super easy to make it (and yummy too, lol)

  12. Reply
    Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine
    September 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    This sounds like it would be lots of fun to make with my grandchildren! Needless to say delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Kids love helping with this recipe! I’m sure they’d have fun 🙂

  13. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Mmm – I think I might eat too much of this!! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

      It is addictive, lol.

  14. Reply
    Lori Hill-Smith
    September 19, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    That’s beautiful and looks delicious too! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you so much!

  15. Reply
    Grammy Dee
    September 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Congrats Jas! Your post is Featured at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. See here: http://grammysgrid.com/blogging-grandmothers-link-party-20/

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thank you, Dee! You made my day 😀

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