Once upon a time, many years ago (okay, like 3 years ago) my little boy had a pirate birthday party.
And because I am such a sweet, nice, caring mom, I made him dress up like this:
And maybe the hat annoyed him a little and the wig was just a TEENSY bit itchy and he wasn’t crazy about me smearing eye makeup on him. He looked super cute and isn’t that all that matters?
I love costumes, okay? I was projecting. Please don’t get all Dr. Phil on me. I super duper promise that I don’t make him wear costumes at his parties anymore (but dude if I see something cute don’t think I won’t bribe him).
Anyways, to make up for above mentioned itchy wig/annoying hat/eye make-up, I made my son an awesome cake.
(Notice that wig and hat are gone by this point)
Anyways, with the new Pirates movie in theatres, I thought of this old cake and how cute it would be for a Pirates of the Caribbean party. But instead of making one huge honkin’ cake, I decided to make cute little ones.
By the way, have you heard the joke about the pirate movie? You know…the one that’s rated AAAARRRGH.
That’s pretty much the only joke I know so I hope you’re sufficiently impressed.
Wanna know how to make these little treasure cakes?
I started off by making pound cake in mini loaf pans. You can use any recipe you like, but I used this one by Duncan Hines.
Once the pound cakes were baked and cooled, I frosted them. You can use canned chocolate frosting, or make your own. I made a batch of vanilla buttercream and then dyed half brown and set the other half aside for piping the gold coins.
I stuck fun sized Twix on the sides of the cakes. Start on the sides so you can make sure the front boards line up with the ends. Cut the Twix into pieces before sticking on for a more rough look.
Using a round #12 piping tip, pipe blobs of gold frosting all over the top and spilling over the sides. To color your frosting gold, use several drops of yellow gel food color and one drop of brown.
And then–the coolest thing. I sprayed the frosting “coins” with this:
Duff Gold Cake Graffiti, which I bought at Michael’s.
I then stuck in some rock candy that I bought at Candy Craze in the mall and I was done!!
See, I told ya it was so easy.
I hope you have a little cutie to make these for and force to dress up in an adorable pirate costume with an itchy wig.
Just kidding. Sort of.
Have a fabulous Monday and thanks for stopping by!!
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