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A Pirate's Theme Party, Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

Updated on December 29, 2017
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I live on a homestead in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Writing and reading are my passion.

50g cocoa

Two eggs

Three tablespoons baking powder

One small cup soft butter

One cup milk

Three and a half cups flour

Three cups sugar

One teaspoon cinnamon and half teaspoon nutmeg


  • Add all the ingredients into a bowl. Do not mix separately but add the milk last.
  • Mix all the ingredients together then beat for three minutes.
  • Bake in a 350 oven in two 8 x 8 x 2 inch greased pans for twenty five minutes.
  • Allow to stand for five minutes before turning out on wire trays to cool.
  • When cooled down, first turn top layer upside down and frost bottom and sides of cake.
  • Put aside to set while you deal with the bottom layer which forms the box part of the treasure box. With a sharp knife slice the cake into two layers.
  • Take the upper layer and cut a square out of it, leaving a border of cake about one inch.
  • Place this hollow square on top of the lower layer, fixing it on with jam, filling or frosting. Now frost the bottom layer in the shape of a box.
  • Turn over the cake which forms the lid of the box and frost the top.
  • Fill your box with foil covered chocolate coins, candy necklaces, smarties and other candies.
  • Rest the lid on the box as if it were open and pipe on ‘iron bands’ and ‘nails.’
  • Cut up the square you cut out of the ‘bottom’ of the box into little cakes for the party and frost them.

Pirate Party Games

If your child’s birthday is in the summer, they can play ‘walk the plank.’ Fill a portable pool in the garden with water and support a plank that leads into the portable pool. The older children get blindfolded and walk the plank, then fall into the ‘ocean,’ while the younger ones walk without a blindfold. The kids love this game. Remember to include a notice in the invitation for the kids to bring their swimsuits. Another popular game to play at a pirate’s party, is a ball toss game. Use water filled balloons as ‘cannon balls.’


For The Pirates Party Theme

Ask the children to dress as pirates.

Hand out eye patches to all his little friends

Give each child a pirate’s ship created from cardboard.

Decorate the table with a tablecloth painted with a skull and have cup cakes with little flags with painted skulls attached to toothpicks.

Have hot dogs with little flags on toothpicks.

A Treasure Hunt

Pair the children in two’s with a ‘old’ map. Bury ‘treasure’ in covered boxes for the children to find. Each buried treasure containing two packets of ‘treasure’ with foil covered chocolate coins and candy necklaces filling up the rest of the box.

Show a Pirate and Treasure Themed DVD.

This is sure to get them in the mood. A pirate theme party is inexpensive but requires quite a lot of preparation and effort. However this is one theme that is very popular with little boys.


© 2016 Anita Hasch


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    Anita Hasch 13 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    Thanks for the comment Alicia. You're right with a bit of imagination it could be fun for adults as well.

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    Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You have some fun ideas for a party! The cake looks very interesting. As aviannovice says, your suggestions would be very enjoyable for adults as well as children. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Anita Hasch 17 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    You're right aviannovice, would be a wonderful change from formal boring parties.

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    Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

    This would even be a wonderful switch for adults. There is no law that says we cannot still play. After all, innocence is what keeps us young.