How to Make a Shark Week Cake

July 10, 2017

Celebrate Ice Cream Month and the return of Shark Week with this easy Shark Week Cake! It’s made with Carvel® ice cream cake and a few sharktastic touches!

I received product from I Love Ice Cream Cakes in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation has been received for this post.

My husband and I have a Saturday night ritual of watching Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild.  Call us geeks – it’s just our thing.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved science and learning about animals.  So it’s no surprise that we’ll be watching Shark Week starting July 23rd! Some of the shows are a little over-the-top, but most of them are pretty interesting to watch!

Last year, I shared a DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle to celebrate Shark Week.  This year, I decided to celebrate Shark Week alongside National Ice Cream Month!  I mean, seriously – what’s better than sitting down to a TV marathon with a bowl full of ice cream?  Nothing!  Except when it’s ice cream cake loaded with gummy sharks and starfish!

I Love Ice Cream Cakes come in so many varieties and sizes that I was able to find the perfect size to share with my husband.  The round Carvel® Lil’ Love Ice Cream Cake is 25 ounces and serves up to 6. It’s made of layers of classic chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate crunchies and whipped icing.

The cake I bought was simple.  It had white icing with a blue icing trim and rainbow sprinkles.  I added a few touches for Shark Week using gummy sharks, gummy starfish, graham cracker crumbs for “sand,” and red edible glitter for “blood.”  It wouldn’t be Shark Week without a little feeding frenzy!

My vision for this cake was photos you see of swarms of sharks circling down in the ocean.  So I stuck toothpicks in a couple of shark gummies to elevate them from the rest of the cake.  If you look down on the cake, it looks like you’re looking down on sharks circling their prey.  The final touch was adding sharks around the base of the cake for the same, similar effect.


  • Carvel® Lil’ Love Ice Cream Cake 25 oz
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Blue gummy sharks
  • Gummy starfish
  • Red edible sparkles
  • Toothpicks


  1. Carefully remove cake from box.
  2. Sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs around the inner edge of the blue icing.
  3. Add four or more starfish gummies around the blue icing.
  4. Next, stick toothpicks into a couple blue shark gummies.
  5. Insert the toothpicks into the cake to elevate sharks.
  6. Add more gummy sharks to the cake surface and around the bottom of the cake.
  7. Finally, sprinkle edible red sparkles (or “blood”) onto the surface and sides of the cake.
  8. If not serving immediately, decorate cake without the sharks toothpicks.  Insert the toothpicks right before serving and enjoy!

It’s easy to make any day of the week a celebration with I Love Ice Cream Cakes!  Especially since there are so many types of cakes to choose from like original Carvel®, Jon Donaire® and OREO®!  If you’ll be watching Shark Week, this cake is a great excuse to turn it into a sharktastic celebration!


What will you celebrate with I Love Ice Cream Cakes?


  • Reply geniabeme July 10, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    I think I’m going to make this soon! It looks so yummy and cute!

    • Reply Jessica July 10, 2017 at 11:19 AM

      Awesome! Thank you!

  • Reply Camille Gabel July 10, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    This is ADORABLE! What a great idea to buy a cake and then decorate it!

    • Reply Jessica July 10, 2017 at 4:18 PM

      Ain’t nobody got time to bake a cake in the summer! 😉 Thanks!

  • Reply kissmytulle July 10, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    This whole thing is killing me!!! I love it!

  • Reply bysarahhalstead July 10, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    That is soooo awesome. I love it.

  • Reply Lani // Life Anchored July 10, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    This is such a great idea! I know my son will love the gummy sharks.

    • Reply Jessica July 11, 2017 at 8:54 AM

      Thanks so much! This cake definitely screams “kid-friendly!”

  • Reply Chelsea July 10, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    This is SO cute. You have the best ideas!

    • Reply Jessica July 11, 2017 at 8:57 AM

      I appreciate that! Thank you!

  • Reply cosmeticsanctuary July 10, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    I so love this! My sweet tooth is zinging and it’s so freaking cute!

  • Reply Carrie R July 11, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    This is crazy clever! What a fun cake for one of the best weeks of the year. 😉

    • Reply Jessica July 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM

      Thanks so much! I agree! It’s a great week! 🙂

  • Reply sayhellonature July 11, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    This looks fun AND delicious! Perfect for a fun shark week celebration or even an ocean themed birthday!

    • Reply Jessica July 11, 2017 at 9:32 PM

      Thanks so much! Yes! It’s a great summer cake or when you need to bring a little of the ocean to you!

  • Reply storiesofourboys July 20, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    My boys will LOOOOOVE this! Pinned! So does that mean shark week is coming up?

    • Reply Jessica July 20, 2017 at 6:16 PM

      Yes! Shark Week starts this weekend! I hope your boys love this cake! Thanks so much for pinning!

  • Reply Kim July 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    This is awesome! Sharing this weekend!

    • Reply Jessica July 21, 2017 at 5:55 PM

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply akaleistar July 22, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    That cake looks awesome!

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