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Treasure Trove Mini Cake

Guests will think they’ve struck it rich when they espy this rustic pirate trunk. Trim a 9 in. x 5 in. Loaf Pan Cake to 6 in. x 3 1/2 in.; attach trimmed pieces up top to create the trunk’s rounded shape.

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Step 1

Bake and cool cake. Trim to 6 x 3 1/2 in. wide; use pieces to build up a rounded top, 3 1/4 in. high at the center 2 3/4 in. high at outer edge. Ice smooth.

Step 2

Use edge of spatula to make horizontal marks for boards, 1/2 in. apart, across top and sides. Use knife to make random marks for wood grain effect.

Step 3

For banded edges, pipe tip 47 outlines, smooth side up; center band is 1/2 in. down from top edge. Using tip 4, outline and fill in front lock plate, 1 1/4 x 2 in. wide (pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 4

Pipe tip 4 dot rivets at corners and on lock plate; pipe 2 pairs of dots for side handles; flatten with finger. Use edge of spatula to indent line on all sides to indicate separate lid. Use tip 4 to pipe oblong keyhole (flatten slightly), ring keyhole and drop string side handles.

Step 5

Pipe tip 3 name on lid.