Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

Category Cakes

This was a huge hit at my son's Luau party. And it was super easy to make. You will need:


  • 1 box cake mix (yellow)
  • 1 jar chocolate frosting
  • 1 fork
  • 1 bag of M&M's
  • fake candy coins / jewelry
  • 1 Loaf pan
  • 1 wire rack (optional but really helps)
  • 1 bread knife


Spray bottom of loaf pan with nonstick spray. Bake cake as directed on package for loaf (usually 50-60 minues). Let cake sit 10 minutes in pan, then remove and let it cool fully on wire rack.


When cake is cool. slice it with bread knife 1/3 of the way down from the top. Then cut this piece to a 45 degree angle on the front side. Keep remaining cake set aside you WILL need it later.

Frost entire cake with frosting. Place fake coins / jewelry on top of bottom cake piece. Lay the top piece over as "chest lid".

Decorate outside of chest with M&m's or other candy of your choosing to give it the look of straps holding it together. Use fork tines by dragging across frosting to give a wood grain look. Crumble set aside cake piece along bottom of chest as the sand it was buried in. Give to children and stand back.


By Suzanne S.

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By c2stMom (Guest Post)
May 14, 20050 found this helpful

I made a cake that looked a whole lot like that for my boys' age 9 and 6 Pirates birthday party - almost 14 years ago now! You bright back some wonderful memories for me. Thanks!

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