Pirate party with a treasure chest cake

For a four-year-old’s party we were pirates, and all pirates need a treasure chest cake:

treasure chest cake

(Two halves of a square chocolate chip sponge cake piled on top of each other for the base, and another piece of cake lovingly carved into a lid shape. The lid is held up by chocolate fingers, which are partly dug into the lid and base to keep them steady. It was easier than it looks to prop it open. The yellow stripes are ready-to-roll icing with lots of yellow food dye mixed in.)

and of course, there needs to be lots of treasure inside:

treasure inside the cake

(Chocolate coins, of course. They feature prominently in most of our cakes and parties.)

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