Every March Break my work offers a Friendship Camp for children with high functioning Autism or Aspergers. I had the pleasure of running the camp last year and we ran it again this week. Our theme this year was pirates so for our last day of camp I thought I would make some cupcakes (surprise, surprise!). I saw chocolate coins at the Bulk Barn so I decided to experiment with buried treasure. These cupcakes are really simple to put together and look totally adorable.
To assemble these cupcakes you will need:
- 12 vanilla cupcakes
- approx. 1.5 cups vanilla butter cream icing tinted a light tan colour
- 12 long & flat red jelly candies (I used Big Foot candies but you could also use Pull and Peel, Fruit by the Foot, Licorice etc.)
- tooth picks
- Mini black and white print outs of the Jolly Roger flag
- 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 12 foil covered chocolate gold coins
- Pirate cupcake liners (optional)
- Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions and let cool completely.
- Once your cupcakes have cooled, cut a small slit into each cupcake being careful not too go too close to the edge (your cupcake might split).
- Gently run the knife back and forth in the slit to release some of the crumbs. Turn the cupcake upside down and shake out the crumbs. Note: it is important your slit be wide enough to hold the coin or your cupcake will split when you push the coin in.
- Gently push a coin into each of the 12 slits you cut.
- Ice cupcakes as desired (I suggest swirling the icing to best cover up any piece of coin that may be poking through)
- Sprinkle a few teaspoons of graham cracker crumbs on each cupcake to resemble sand.
- Put together your pirate flags by gluing/taping the pirate flags onto the end of your toothpicks (I added a piece of black card stock to the back of the flags for a bit of extra stability). Gently push the toothpick flags into your cupcakes.
- Using a pair of scissors, cut strips of red candy and arrange them into the shape of an X. Place a candy X on each cupcake roughly above where the coin is “buried”.