Prepare Icing We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.
Make 4 3/4 cups buttercream icing: Tint 1/2 cup black
Tint 1/2 cup dark brown
Tint 1 cup light brown
Tint 1/4 cup blue
Tint 1/4 cup red
Tint 1/4 cup yellow
Tint 1/2 cup copper
Reserve 1 1/2 cups white (thin 1 cup with 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup)
Decorate in Order
Ice sides and background areas smooth with thinned white icing.
Use tip 3 and white icing to outline and pipe-in skull and crossbones on hat (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Use tip 3 and black icing to outline and pipe-in eye, eye patch, skull facial features and keyhole on treasure chest.
Use tip 3 and copper icing to outline face, arms, legs and feet.
Use tip 3 and dark brown icing to outline treasure chest, sandals and mouth.
Use tip 3 and red icing to outline shirt.
Use tip 16 and white icing to cover stripes on pants with stars.
Use tip 16 and yellow icing to cover trim around hat with stars.
Use tip 16 and copper icing to cover face, arms, legs and feet with stars.
Use tip 16 and dark brown icing to cover treasure chest and sandals with stars. Use tip 16 and dark brown icing to make pull-out star hair.
Use tip 16 and red icing to cover shirt with stars.
Use tip 16 and blue icing to cover stripes on pants with stars.
Use light brown icing in bag cut with 3/8 in. opening to pipe swirl bottom border; sprinkle with granulated brown sugar.
Position candy coins around border and in treasure chest.
Baking Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.
Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).
Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.
Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.
Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.
To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.
To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.
We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.