This Pirate Ship Birthday Cake will be a HIT at your kid’s next birthday party. Get all hands on deck and set your sails toward the kitchen!
Pirate Ship Cake
Believe it or not, this Pirate Ship Birthday Cake was our VERY FIRST POST here on Favorite Family Recipes (way back in 2007). I made this cake for a birthday and thought it was the coolest thing ever! So, I took pictures and put it up on this blog for the family to see. Hilarious, right? We have come a LONG way since this was posted! Anyway, back to the Pirate Ship Cake. This looks darling in real life.
Get Creative with Your Pirate Ship Cake
This recipe really gives you a chance to be creative! You can add plastic pirate figures, gold coins and gold sprinkles, whatever you can to make it the best pirate cake ever! If you want to really take it to the next level you could add more of the blue frosting around the sides and put plastic sea creature figures! The possibilities are as endless as the open sea! Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments!
How to Make a Pirate Ship Cake
- 2 9 inch round cakes prepared and baked
- 2 1/2 cups chocolate icing
- 2 cups white icing
- blue food coloring
- 3 Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies
- 4 Hershey candy bars
- plastic pirate figurines
- 3 10 inch wooden skewers
- white or black paper for sails
- Pirate flag (you can find one online and print it)
- Pirate map (optional)
- Gold coins (optional)
- Cut the cakes in half. You will have 4 semi-circles, but you will only use 3 for the cake. Set 4th aside for extra cake slices.
- Put frosting on each half and layer them. Wrap in plastic and freeze for 1 hour.
- Remove cakes from freezer. Trim off about an inch of the most rounded part of the cake on an angle (the bottom of the ship) so the front of the ship is higher than the back of the ship. Turn the cakes upright, as shown.
- Optional: place cake on a cookie sheet or board covered by a Pirate map.
- Frost the deck of the ship or top of the cake with a light layer of frosting. Place the skewers (masts) on the cake.
- Unwrap Hershey Bars and place them on top of the cake (around the masts) as the floor of the deck to fit.
- Frost the sides of the cake in one of two ways - you can simply spread frosting on the cake or use a star tip. Use a star tip to put a top border around the top of the cake (ship deck).
- Cut 7 sails (3 inch by 5 inch) from the paper, then slip them onto the skewers (masts) and pinch them so it looks like they are billowing in the wind.
- For the cannons, cut 2 Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies into three equal sections (so you have 6 cannons). Place a candle in the center of each cookie so the wick end is sticking out about a half an inch. Push three cannons into each side of the cake.
- Make sure that the surface on which the cake rests is impervious to wax, as the burning candles will drip.
- Add yarn for the rope around the masts.
- For the front bow part (the pole) use a full Pirouette cookie or a pretzel stick. Tie a rope, using jute or yarn, from the end of the cookie to the top of the mast.
- Marble blue food coloring into white icing, making it look like water. Pipe it on with a star tip, like waves, along the bottom of the boat.
- Place pirate figurines on deck with a little frosting under their feet so they will stick to the deck. Place gold coins around the cake (optional).
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