I made this treasure chest birthday cake for a boy who attends the kindergarden where I work. It is just a rich chocolate cake covered in organic chocolate buttercream then white chocolate flavoured fondant.
I tinted the fondant light brown to start with then rolled it to the size I needed. I then marked the width of the planks and then using a toothpick I made the wood grain effect. Using brown colouring paste mixed with vodka I painted the fondant then let dry. Once that was finished it was just a matter of putting the fondant on the cake, making strips of fondant and colouring with gold lustre dust and then putting the lid on chest.
I supported the lid with thin dowel. Next I put the gold coins in place and then sprinkled brown sugar around the bottom.
Thanks for looking!