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How do I make an open lid on a treasure chest?

post #1 of 15
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I'm making a treasure chest for a friend. I have seen some wonderful treasure chest cakes on cc, but no tutorials. Can someone give me some directions for making the open lid, and how to stabilize it? Thanks, Everyone!
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post #2 of 15
I am no help but the best person I think that could help you is Doug! PM him he is very knowledgeable on the engineering side of caking icon_smile.gif
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post #3 of 15
Don't know, but check with Doug. He knows everything.
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post #4 of 15
I did a treasure chest a few years ago (before my CC days so no pic on here) and here's how I did it. I made the box for the main part of the chest, then carved out a little from the inside of the top, leaving a lip around it so I could fill it with sparkly rock candy, gold covered coins, etc. Then I made the lid on its own cake board and arranged the "treasure" so it was higher in front and on the front of the sides and none at the back of the chest. Then I placed the lid on the treasure so it looked (and indeed it was) as if the treasure was spilling out of the chest and pushing up the lid. I believe I doweled the back of the lid down into the main cake to keep it in place.

Hope this helps!
post #5 of 15
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Thanks! This does help. I was wondering mostly how to keep it stable while traveling.
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post #6 of 15
you could also use RKT stacked and then cut on an angle like a wedge to prop it up. or styrofoam cut in a wedge, and then wrapped in plastic wrap. once you have your wedge, it's just a matter of glueing (i always use hardening chocolate) your top piece on it. and of course your top piece will be on it's own board of some sort. you'll easily be able to cover the wedge with booty icon_smile.gif

once you've placed the top part on, take skewers/dowels and drive them through the top piece, through the styrofoam/RKT and then through the treasure cake and then into your cake board. it's not going anywhere!!!
post #7 of 15
Karabeal's idea is probably the easiest. Otherwise you do have to worry about supporting the lid so it won't close or fall off. Making hinges can work, but it has it's own set of difficulties. I've done a couple of these recently, which I need to post.
post #8 of 15
I have a diagram of how I do my treasure chest lid, which is made of cake. It's in a Word document, so if you would like to see it, please email me at eyedewcakes @ yahoo.com (remove spaces).
post #9 of 15
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Thanks, everyone! These are some great ideas! I'd love to see the pics of the ones you've done!
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post #10 of 15
I did one recently (pink, in my photos) and my top was cake, and I did as karabeal said - but I supported the 'lid' in front with two dowels (hidden by treasure icon_wink.gif and I put a dowel thru the lid into the bottom layer to keep it from sliding. I also made sure to fridge it before moving it so the BC had time to set up.
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post #11 of 15
I made one last weekend. I used dowels to support the lid open

Piccie here:

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1753529
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by aussiemags

I made one last weekend. I used dowels to support the lid open

Piccie here:

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1753529



Awesome cake! I would have guessed Australia even without your online name because you say "piccie". Did the darling little boy get any pressies more precious than this cake? I'll bet not!
post #13 of 15
LOL - not sure but he loved the cake. the father wouldn't believe it was a cake so that was a nice compliment icon_smile.gif
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
WOW! FANTASTIC, Aussiemags! So authentic! I'm sure the birthday boy was all shades of impressed! I am! Thanks for posting!
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post #15 of 15
How did you get the rounded off top...did you carve it? What size cake and how many layers for the lid?

You did an amazing job!!
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