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Treasure Chest Cake

Treasure Chest Cake
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 15
Brimming with candy coins and jewelry, this rich cake is a clever addition to a pirate-themed party.
Updated August 22, 2011

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Tray, 24x20 inches, covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
  • Yellow and orange paste food colors
  • 1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting
  • Red pull-and-peel licorice
  • Gold foil-covered chocolate coins
  • Candy necklaces
  • Round hard candies
  • Gummy ring, halved

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan--except use 1 cup water, the oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 2
    From center of cake, cut one 3-inch crosswise strip (see diagram). Cut the strip diagonally in half to make two 9-inch triangular wedges. (Discard 1 cake wedge or reserve for another use.)
  • 3
    On tray, place a 9x5-inch cake piece. Stir food colors into frosting to make golden yellow. Spread 1 tablespoon of frosting on 1 edge of triangular wedge of cake. Attach wedge, frosting side down, to 9x5-inch cake piece on tray, placing wedge along top edge of larger cake piece. Freeze all cake pieces 1 hour.
  • 4
    Spread 1 tablespoon of frosting on top edge of triangular wedge of cake. Attach remaining 9x5-inch cake piece to cake wedge to look like partially opened treasure chest. To seal crumbs, frost cake with a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting. Spread remaining frosting evenly over entire cake. Pull fork through frosting to look like wood grain.
  • 5
    Use pull-and-peel licorice to make handles and straps. Fill chest with chocolate coins, candy necklaces, and other hard candies. Add gummy ring half for clasp. Store loosely covered.

  • This treasure chest can be turned into a jewelry box for a princess party. Tint the frosting pink, and use colorful hard candies for gems and strings of candy for necklaces.
  • You can substitute a white cake mix for the chocolate. Make and bake as directed on white cake mix box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool as directed in recipe.
  • Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
400
Calories from Fat
220
Total Fat
25g
38%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
24%
Trans Fat
2g
Cholesterol
40mg
14%
Sodium
330mg
14%
Potassium
80mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
43g
14%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
29g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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