“Pre-bake a batch of cup-cakes (I used the “Weekly Muffins” recipe from the FAILSAFE cookbook to make gluten free and dairy free plain cup-cakes).
Ice the cakes with plain icing (nuttlex and pure icing sugar).
The coins on the top of the cakes are actually novelty plastic “gold medals” that I cut the ribbons off, bought from the party section in the supermarket.
To make the treasure chest:
Make a wash by soaking a couple of teabags in half a cup of water. Using a new paintbrush, paint LOTS of paddle pop sticks with the tea-wash. Once dry (or close to) repeat. Again, and again, and again, and again… until you’re happy with the darkness of the colour.
The box I used was a small Aust. Post parcel box. I cut the ends off the paddle pop sticks (you can leave the rounded ends on the edges as you’ll cover them later) and glued the sticks to cover the outside of the box.
To finish it off, I glued strips of black cardboard along all the box edges. I used a hole punch to punch small circles out of bronze coloured card and glued these as “studs/nails” along the black strips.
I lined baking tray with oatmeal (sand) and placed the chest on top.
I used a small plastic container (upside down) in the base of the chest to sit the cupcakes on. I then used plastic bead jewellery to drape amongst them, trailing out of the chest.
Finally, I added the remaining cup cakes “spilling” out of the chest and stuck the candles in those (probably best not to light the ones inside the box!!)”