If you know a little pirate who might like a pirate style birthday party, these Hidden Treasure Cupcakes from Taste of Home could be the perfect dessert for it. I like how they added a “hidden treasure” of strawberry filling into the center of the cupcakes as a little extra. For the treasure chest, they used a Little Debbie Swiss cake roll and then decorated them with nerds as jewels and sea creature candies (gummies could work for that too!). Add some mini goldfish and gold chocolate coins and you got yourself a pirate treasure. If you want to know a little more about pirates, I’ve embedded a video from National Geographic about their lives. (Recipe after the video).
Hidden Treasure Cupcakes
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup strawberry pie filling
24 Swiss cake rolls
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Blue food coloring, optional
Assorted candies: Jolly Ranchers, Nerds, skull and fish hard candies
Yellow food coloring, optional
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Drop 1/2 teaspoon pie filling in the center of each; top with remaining batter.
Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Meanwhile, cut cake rolls lengthwise (do not cut through); set aside. Place two tablespoons frosting in a small bowl; set aside. Tint remaining frosting with blue food coloring if desired; frost cupcakes.
Place a cake roll on each cupcake. Decorate with assorted candies. Tint reserved frosting with yellow food coloring if desired; place in a resealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in a corner of bag; pipe latches onto chests.