A Crab And Treasure Chest Birthday Dessert – A Kid Friendly Thing To Eat

I can see this crab and treasure chest as a cute dessert for an Ariel birthday, Under the Sea birthday, Spongebob birthday – (Connor kept calling it Mr. Krabs!), or a Pirate birthday – at least the treasure chest part!

Finally, I figured out how to make a 3 dimensional crab look like a cute little crab. I’ve been thinking about creating a crab cupcake for a few months now. With an hour to spare, and the kid’s help, I finally got to work on it! The only problem is, it’s too big for a cupcake 🙁 No worries though, I scrambled through my stash of fun dessert supplies, and found these mini pound cakes to resemble a treasure chest! Slap a little icing on that, with a cute crab in the background, and some brown sugar for sand…tada! It’s a great ocean/under the sea birthday party dessert!

OK, so you’d have to make a dozen for each guest to have their own special crab and treasure chest cake, but think about how cute that would be – & so impressive! Plus, once you figure out how to do the first one, you’ll be a pro at it! Here’s what I did to make this dessert!

 

You’ll Need: for each dessert

Crab –

A giant Marshmallow – the extra large campfire ones
Red chocolate melts – melted per bag instructions
Red Swedish fish – 6 per crab
2 Red Soft Life Savers – The gummy version
2 mini marshmallows
2 milk chocolate chocolate chips
Lollipop stick – Cut into 1 inch pieces – 2 one inch pieces to hold the eyes!
Black frosting tube for the smile 🙂

Treasure Chest –

Mini Pound cake – I found a box of 6 at Walmart
Frosting – I used sparkle blue in a store bought tube
1 M&M – I used a blue one
optional – mini pearls to sprinkle around the treasure chest, If I had some candy coins – I would have definitely thrown those around the chest!

OK, let’s get started! Here’s what I did:

  • Have a plate of wax paper ready when working with chocolate – the chocolate won’t stick to the wax
  • I rolled the wide part of my marshmallow in the red chocolate – I left the ends of the marshmallow alone so I could stick the gummy fish into the fluffy sides.
  • I popped this in the freezer for a minute to set
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  • Meanwhile, I pushed my mini marshmallows down, into little circles.
  • I inserted my 1 inch lollipop sticks into each marshmallow circle
  • I used a little paintbrush to add a little dot of melted chocolate in the center of each little circle
  • Then I added the chocolate chips for eyeballs
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  • I took my red marshmallow out of the freezer, and put something behind it to prop it up
  • I gently inserted the eyes into the top of the red marshmallow & got to work on the legs
  • I used a little spreading knife to add melted chocolate to the sides of the marshmallow. I grabbed the Swedish fish, and started to push them – gently – into the sides of the crab. I used 2 with tails facing down per side.
  • Again, pop in the freezer to set
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  • While in the freezer, cut your 2 red gummy life savers into claw shapes, and with another piece of wax paper, glue the claw onto a red swedish fish – head side of the fish. Pop those into the freezer.
  • After a minute, take the claw feet, and crab out, glue the claw feet in place with more chocolate – prop them up with one of your large marshmallows on it’s side – speed up drying time by freezing.
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  • I used black store bought tube frosting to add a little smile

Treasure Chest:

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  • I used my sparkle blue frosting to make 2 lines on each side of the cake, and a little loop in the front center for a lock
  • I placed a little M&M for an added lock feature – I believe I used melted chocolate as glue, but thick frosting would hold it, too!

Sand:

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  • Light brown sugar! – Kids might not like the texture of the sugar. You can add a little piece of cut out wax paper under the treats to create a barrier.

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.ComA site providing kid friendly recipes, crafts, and ideas! Plus, if you’re around Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Massachusetts, fun things to do with kids are reviewed including pictures!


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