Treasure Chest Cake
- Equipment and Decorating Supplies:
- One 9 X 13-inch sheet cake pan
- Wax paper or parchment paper, for lining pan
- Large Serving Tray, to allow space for Candy Treasure
- cake cardboard, available where cake decorating supplies are sold
- Two 12-inch wooden cake dowels (1/4 inch diameter), available where cake decorating supplies are sold
- Garden Shears (for snipping wooden dowels)
- Red Cinnamon Candies
- Red Gum Balls
- Gold Wrapped Chocolate Coins
- Candy Ring Pops
- Candy Necklaces
- Assorted Hard Candies
- Plastic Pirate Ship, optional
- For the Cake:
- 1 cup - butter, softened
- ½ cup - vegetable shortening
- 2¾ cups - Domino® Granulated Sugar
- 5 - large eggs
- 3 cups - cake flour, sifted
- ¼ tsp. - baking powder
- ¾ cup - evaporated milk
- ¼ cup - water
- 2 tsp. - vanilla extract
- For the Icing:
- 12 oz - cream cheese (1½ - 8 oz packages), softened
- ¾ cup - butter, softened
- 6 TBSP - dry unsweetened cocoa
- 1½ lbs. - Domino® Confectioners Sugar (6 cups)
- 1½ tsp. - vanilla extract
For the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F and arrange rack to oven center. Spray a 9 X 13-inch pan with a no-stick spray containing flour and line the bottom with wax paper or parchment paper. Spray top of paper again for a little added insurance!
Cream butter and shortening with sugar until very light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour with baking powder and set aside. Combine milk with water and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture to batter alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Spread batter evenly in prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to complete cooling. Cool thoroughly before icing.
To Create Treasure Chest Cake:
Cut sheet cake into thirds. The first two pieces will measure 4½ inches x 9 inches, and the remaining piece will measure 4 inches x 9 inches. Begin building your Treasure Chest by placing one of the 4½-inch cake pieces onto your serving platter. (If you are using a silver tray, cut a piece of cake cardboard to a 4½ inch x 9 inch dimension and build your cake on the cardboard to protect the tray from scratching.) Spread a spoonful of icing directly onto the serving tray (and to the cake cardboard) to “glue” the cake in place and prevent sliding later. Stack the two 4½ cake pieces, spreading icing between the layers and over the top and sides of the Treasure Chest Bottom.
Cut another piece of cake cardboard into a 4 X 9-inch rectangle and spread center with icing to “glue” remaining cake layer to board. Using Garden Shears, snip two wooden dowels in half, forming four 6-inch dowels. Measure the dowels next to the bottom two layers of the cake and trim 2 of the dowels to a height 1 inch taller than the Treasure Chest Bottom, and 2 of the dowels 1/2 inch taller than the height of the Treasure Chest Bottom. Insert the taller two dowels about 1 inch in from the back edge of Treasure Chest Bottom, centered with about 4 inches between each dowel. These dowels will become the brace for the Treasure Chest Lid. Then insert the shorter two dowels into the center of the cake, about 2-3 inches in front of the back dowels. These dowels will hold the Treasure Chest Lid open!
Taller Dowels for bracing back of Lid.
Shorter Dowels for holding Lid open.
Spread Lid with icing, being sure to cover the cake cardboard well on all edges. Place Treasure Chest Lid on top of cake, propping lid against the back dowels and on top of the front dowels. Adjust dowels, if necessary, to achieve an opened look. Spread Treasure Chest Lid again with icing to cover any smudges incurred during “construction”. Fill back in well with icing to cover dowels and to secure lid in place.
To Decorate, place a double line of cinnamon candies on top of and down the front of Chest to form “straps”. Use Red Gumballs to simulate “brads” and “key hole”. Fill opening with assorted Jeweled Candies, Gold Wrapped Chocolate Coins, Candy Necklaces, and Candy Ring Pops! And just for fun, we added a Pirate Ship from a bag of plastic Pirate Toys we found at our local toy store!