This Pirate’s Treasure Cake is so fun and easy enough for any novice! Perfect for a pirated themed party.
Once upon a time, many 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. That might have happened.
The worst part is that all of this was pre-Pinterest. So for those of you who think Pinterest is to blame for crazy moms, I’m here to show you that I was crazy long before Pinterest came along.
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)
I loved this cake because it was so cute and SO easy. I got tons of compliments on it, and it’s honestly one of the easiest decorated cakes I’ve ever done. You don’t need to be great at decorating to do this one. And kids just love it — something about all the candies and frosting piled on top just feels so magical.
And full of sugar. And kids love sugar.
The only problem was that it was HUGE. Even with all the friends and family we had invited over, we had more cake leftover than we knew what to do with. But a few weeks ago, the perfect solution hit me — instead of stacking 9×13 cakes on top of each other, I just used a large loaf pan. It’s just the right size for a medium/smallish party and the perfect treasure chest shape, too!
This would be perfect for a Pirates of the Caribbean party, a Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party, or any fun ocean-themed bash. I’ve made a gorgeous mermaid-themed one I’ll share later this week, too! I’m a huge Little Mermaid fan and couldn’t resist.
By the way, have you heard the joke about the pirate movie?
You know…the one that’s rated AAAARRRGH. (!!!!!!)
Wanna know how to make this treasure cake?
I started off by making cake in a loaf pan. You can use your favorite recipe, I just used a cake mix. One standard mix is the perfect amount for this pan.
Once the cake was baked and cooled, I frosted it. You can use canned chocolate frosting, or make your own. I made my own, and I’ll share the recipe at the bottom of this post.
After the cake was frosted, I used a decorating comb to put texture in the sides of the cake (so it would look like wood). You could also do this by running a fork along the sides of the cake. Let the cake chill for just a bit to let the frosting set up.
Prepare a batch of gold-colored buttercream (recipe at the bottom of this post) and use a large round piping tip (or a resealable bag with a corner snipped off) to pipe blobs of gold frosting all over the top and spilling over the sides.
You can spray the gold frosting with something like THIS to give it a shiny finish, if you want. Then garnish with candies. I bought rock candy and chocolate coins at a local candy store, and they were perfect!
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. If not, you can borrow mine. He’s almost 11 now, but I don’t think he’d mind very much.
Here are the frosting recipes you’ll need for this cake:
- Chocolate Frosting:
- 1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 TBS hot water
- Gold Frosting:
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 TBS milk
- 2 drops electric yellow gel food color
- 1/2 drop brown gel food color
- Chocolate Frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar and cocoa powder until just combined. Add 2 TBS hot water and continue to beat on low until incorporated. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for 1 minute. Check frosting consistency -- if it's too thick to spread, add hot water 1 TBS at a time until it's the correct thickness.
- Gold Frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar until just combined. Add milk and continue to beat on low until incorporated. Add yellow and brown coloring. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for 1 minute. Check frosting consistency -- if it's too thick to spread, add milk 1 TBS at a time until it's easy to pipe.
Be on the lookout for my Mermaid Treasure Chest cake later this week. I’m so in love with it!!