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Make Cupcakes with a Hidden Treasure Inside
My grandma used to make a money cake every year on my birthday. I decided St. Paddy's Day was the perfect time to reinstate the tradition. After all, those sneaky little leprechauns like shiny golden coins, no? Here's the gist of the money cake tradition: Grandma would scrub up all her special coins (silver dollars, fifty cent pieces, etc.), wrap them in wax paper and bake them into a birthday cake. The birthday kid chooses his/her piece of cake first; whatever they find in their slice of cake is theirs to keep.

My version is a tiny bit different. Cupcakes. Each baked with a shiny gold dollar inside; and topped off with a chocolate gold coin as a hint at what's inside. We'll devour a few ourselves and deliver others to our friends. If you're not totally grossed out by the thought of baking money into a cake, here's a quick how-to:

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  • How to bake a cupcake. Money Cakes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Scrub those coins. I simply use hot, soapy water and a scrub brush. But if it makes you feel better, run those puppies through the dishwasher, boil them or whatever you have to do. Just don't tell me if baking money is hazardous to your health…I don't want to know.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Money Cakes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut squares of waxed paper (approx. 3" x 3"). Wrap each coin individually in wax paper. Set aside.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Money Cakes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Mix up the cake batter. Fill the muffin tins half-full of batter, and place a little coin packet on each. Put the remaining batter on top of the coins.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Money Cakes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Bake the cupcakes according to package directions. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack. Frost when completely cooled.

    Decorate as desired. Eat. Enjoy the surprise on their faces when they find the treasure hidden inside their dessert.

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Emmyann07 · Sacramento, California, US · 49 projects
So cute!
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