MiMi made a lot of cute birthday cakes for us over the years. Of course most of the cute ones she made for me I only remember through pictures. But as the oldest of 6 kids, there were plenty of little ones around to make cute cakes for throughout a good portion of my life. My littlest sister, Chloe had some cute ones that I can remember. But the favorite cake my mom made was a treasure chest cake. She found the idea in a Family Fun magazine, and if I remember correctly it made an appearance at more than one birthday. It was always a hit.
So, when we decided to throw Cap'n Jax a pirate party for his birthday, I knew I had to make a cake like the ones my mom made. I remember hers looking a little less like a preschool project than mine did, but mine was delicious all the same. I dug up the recipe for my Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake (actually I just did a google search for it! There is something so satisfying about googling your recipes rather than digging through boxes and folders to find what you want!) Instead of baking it in 2 rounds, I mada a 9x13" cake and just added a few minutes to the bake time. Then it was assembly time!
I won't go through all of the directions to put together the cake, because if I had it to do again I would do it differently. But one delicious and easy chocolate cake covered in 1 1/2 recipes of chocolate buttercream and stuffed full of candy is sure to be a hit no matter how you put it together. Jax certainly loved it and that was the most important part. He kept having everyone go look at it and he probably told me how cool it was at least a dozen times!
Of course this frosting is good for more than making treasure chests. It would pipe great on cupcakes and works perfect spread over sheet cakes. You can play with the proportions a bit to get the texture you like.
makes 4 cups of frosting or enough to frost 24 cupcakes or 1 9x13" cake
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 T light corn syrup
1 T milk
- Cream butter until smooth and fluffy.
- Add remaining ingredients and beat until completely combined.
- Frost your cake or cupcakes right away.
- To use from the refrigerator, bring to room temperature and then beat for a minute or two or until fluffy again before using.
For more great frosting recipes, check out my pinterest board!