Pirate Ship Cake




Well since Pirate's are all the rage right now and my son loves them we did a Pirate theme for his birthday this year. As I was looking on how to make a pirate ship cake I noticed there weren't to many detailed instructions on how to do this, just pictures of the finished cake. So I put this together to help inspire people to get creative with their cakes!!! Have fun and I hope you enjoy this instructable as much as I did doing it!

Step 1: Making the Cake

First of all you always want to make sure you have enough cake to make your idea come to life. For this cake I baked a 9x13 cake, a 8x8 square cake and a 8" oval cake. The right cake plate is a big part of your cake also, it makes for the perfect presentation. OOh Ahh factor, so for this cake I used a silver platter I had that is actually for a turkey or ham, it was perfect! Then I proceeded to place the pieces, cut where necessary and form the shape of the cake. On this cake I used a chocolate buttercream frosting and made chocolate mousse for the filling between layers.

Step 2: Forming of the Cake

Basically I started visualizing how I wanted the cake to look and went from there. The birthday boy was very happy about his cake!!!

Step 3: Frosting Time

Now you just frost and add some jewels and finishing touches. For the jewels I used M&Ms. For the rails of the ship I used cereal straws since they are cheaper then Pirouettes.

Step 4: Working on Finishing Touches

Well the finishing touches are usually the best part of the cake. That's when the creative juices start flowing. I used the pirates and cannon from an Imaginex Pirate Ship and used an Oreo for the ship's wheel. The ship's sails were fun to make. I used black construction paper and cut out the shape I wanted, which had a slight circle shape cut into the sides. Then I crumpled the paper and cut holes. On the skull and crossbones I printed it up off the internet and glued it on. Quick note make sure to glue it on before you crumple your paper. Next I added them to the skewer. For the front I put one skewer at an angle and ran fishing line to the next one to put that sail at an angle.

Step 5: Setting the Table

Well here is the table when all was said and done. We had the token skull and a fabulous pirate chest which we filled with the loot for the kids. For a unique touch we took a silver candle holder and put a foam ball on top with floral tape and covered it with moss and stuck skewers of dino nuggets in it and I had a jeweled tray I filled with fruit to add to the festivities. I sprinkled gold (plastic) coins and skulls and bones over the table.

We had so much fun!!! I can't wait for the next birthday party!



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    7 years ago on Step 3

    my wife has started to make cakes for special events, the part we always have problems with is smoothing the icing. most recipes say to use fondue but we hate fondant. you didnt use fondant and your icing looks great so whats your secret for smoothing out the icing?

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    Reply 7 years ago on Step 3

    Make sure your frosting is light and fluffy and to check that get a big scoop on a knife and fling it onto your cake, if it comes off easily then you are good. Then get a cup of hot water and dip your knife in it.

    Do not do that when you are doing a crumb coating though. Your crumb coating should be thin but not wet as you want that to harden over the crumbs to keep it out of the frosting.

    Also, use a lot, it makes things easier. Think of painting over a dark color, you wouldn't use a thin coat to cover it, you would use a thick coat, same for frosting. One of my favorite frostings is from kraftfoods.com, look up fluffy coconut frosting. I just don't use the coconut, but this is one of the more tasty frostings I have used!

    Let me know if you have any other questions =)

    PS - do you know the paper trick when baking your cake? take just plain printer paper and put it on the bottom of your cake pan and pour your batter right ontop of it. you don't have to grease because the paper absorbs the oil and your cake will come right out, just be careful pulling the paper off so you don't rip a corner off!

    Hope that helps, have fun baking!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Or you could make a ninja cake and not give everyone food poisoning.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This cake rocks. In my list of best cakes ever. (List is now two cakes long, lol.) Right up there with the animated Halloween cake.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice cake, good use of "materials". However, (no offense to your cake), but I think your real accomplishment is in the overall presentation. The table of everything and how it all comes together is awesome.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey this is the husband of the cake artist. I just want to say thanks for all of the positive comments, I could tell by watching my wife as she read them, that they mean a lot! SO, thanks again! R