This is the cake I made for my son Elijah’s 6th birthday party, the theme was Pirate aarrrr !! If you would like a peek at more photo’s and a run down of how the day went click here.
I used a small loaf tin that had tapered sides. There was enough mixture left over from the chocolate cake recipe to make a bunch of mini cupcakes witch always go down well at a kids parties and means you don’t need to stress about altering the quantities of your mixture.
Line and butter the same tin used for the cake, chill the tin in the freezer before pouring in melted chocolate.
Gently roll the tin around so that the chocolate coats the sides, I used one block of chocolate for this stage but melted an other half and set it aside to cool in case repairs were needed (They were). Put the tin in the fridge to set.
Ice the cake with chocolate butter cream, coco power Icing sugar and a blob of butter (do you like my measurements, precise aren’t I?) Try to match the colour of the Icing to the chocolate you are using.
While the icing is still soft cover the top of the cake with chocolate money and any other lollies that might resemble jewels.
When the chocolate is set remove from tin and peal off the tin foil, work fast as the heat from your hands will start to melt the chocolate (especially if you are doing this in an Australian summer like I was)
Set the chocolate shell on top of the lolly covered cake. Repair any cracks or thin patches with cooled melted chocolate, hot melted chocolate will cause the shell to start melting and leave you with a hole.
Mix up some gold coloured icing and pipe around the join between top and bottom to hide the seam. Add any other embellishments fitting a pirate chest. I kept it very simple using only yellow M&M’s as rivets, I liked the idea that the kids might be slightly disappointed by the plain cake only to be blown away when it was cracked open. And I know the pirate ship candle is slightly out of proportion to the treasure but what can you do both were requested by the birthday boy.
All you need do to next is hand birthday child a big plastic sword and tell them the treasure chest is locked and the key is lost and to go for it. I would advise purchasing some ear plugs prior to the event as the excitement induced squealing reached levels previously unheard when the hidden treasure was found.