Do you remember money cakes? I don't recall if I ever had one specifically, but Rob certainly did when he was a kid. Essentially, a money cake is a layer cake which is stuffed with foil-wrapped coins. They are washed, wrapped, and inserted into the cake pan prior to baking. The cake is then assembled normally, and iced completely, and when you cut into the cake you never know how much money will be in your slice, if any at all.
This idea was completely fascinating to the boys, so I made them one for March Break. I used only quarters and loonies (Canadian $1 coins) and tucked about six dollars worth into the cake layers. I let them each choose where they wanted to take their slice from, and so far Ben is up a dollar. The money they get out of the cake is theirs for the keeping, which means this is really like an edible treasure hunt for them.
Traditionally, money cakes were used as birthday cakes, which is so fun. I asked my boys if they've ever seen a money cake at any of the parties they've been to, and they had no idea what I was talking about so I'm guessing the answer is no. Because the ROI is so huge - minimum effort for maximum excitement - I just might try to bring back the money cake with an upcoming birthday.
- Any cake recipe you love
- Your favourite frosting
- Decorations like sprinkles or bunting
- Coins that have been washed and wrapped in aluminum foil
Make your cake as per the recipe directions. Before popping it in to the oven, place some wrapped coins throughout the batter for each layer.
Bake and ice the cake as per your instructions.
Decorate and serve the cake, surprising the kids with the money coins inside the cake.