Treasure Hunt Cake

Treasure Cake
Tara Donne
  • If you’re set on serving a main dish, fish and chips will do the trick. Or offer hot dogs and call them Salty Dogs. Just serving snacks? Stick to the maritime theme and fill bowls with Chips Ahoy, Swedish Fish, Goldfish crackers, and Pirate’s Booty.
  • Create a “dessert island” and serve Treasure Hunt Cake (shown), which guests can bite into in hopes of finding hidden treasure (read: gummy candies). The first pirate-in-training to bite into a candy receives a prize, like a plastic bead necklace ($10 for 48, orientaltrading.com). Give the remainder out as p-ARR-ting gifts.
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Serves 12-16

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups (3 sticks)
unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
4
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pan
1
tablespoon
baking soda
1
teaspoon
kosher salt
2
cups
sugar
4
large eggs
2
cups
whole milk
2
teaspoons
pure vanilla extract
10
firm gummy candies (such as Swedish Fish)
2
8-ounce bars
cream cheese, at room temperature
2
cups
confectioners' sugar
Food coloring (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter and flour a 12-cup tube or angel food cake pan. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks of the butter with the sugar on high speed, until fluffy. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla, and beat to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool the cake for 15 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  4. Using a paring knife, cut 5 deep slits in the side of the cake and carefully insert a candy into each.
  5. With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and the remaining stick of butter until smooth. Beat in the confectioners' sugar. Add the food coloring (if using). Frost the cake and decorate with the remaining candies, as desired.
Allison Fishman

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 572 (46% from fat)
  • Fat 29 g (sat 18g)
  • Cholesterol 132 mg
  • Carbohydrate 70 g
  • Sodium 474 mg
  • Protein 8 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Sugar 43 g
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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