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. Sometimes it takes some coaxing for the Tootsie Rolls and Rolos to stay in place but eventually they will stay.
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
Pirate Ship Birthday Cake
- 2 9 inch round cakes prepared and baked
- 4 cups chocolate icing
- 2 cups white icing
- blue food coloring
- 1 pkg Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies
- 4 Hershey candy bars
- Rolo candies
- root beer barrels (hard candies)
- malted milk balls (Whoppers)
- Tootsie Roll candy roll (not the small wrapped ones, the large Tootsie Roll in the candy bar section)
- 1 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup candy bar
- plastic pirate figurines
- 3 10 inch wooden skewers
- white or black paper for sails
- gold coins (chocolate coins wrapped in gold)
- Pirate flag (find one online and print it)
- Pirate map (optional)
- Cut the cakes in half. You will have 4 semi-circles, but you will only use 3 for the cake.
- Put frosting on each half and layer them. Put a dowel or plastic straw through each end of the cake (one on each end of the semi-circle). 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 (the bottom of the ship) to help the ship sit flat. Turn the cakes upright, as shown.
- Optional: place cake on a cookie sheet or board covered by a Pirate map.
- Cover with the chocolate icing. Unwrap Hershey Bars and place them on top of the cake (as the floor of the deck) to fit.
- Cut 3 Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies in half. Poke 3 half cookies on each side of the cake, making gunwales on each side of the ship.
- To make a cannon for the top of the ship, place a Tootsie roll on top of two Rolos. Push a candle into the Tootsie roll.
- Add malted milk ball cannonballs, plenty of Rolo gold booty, and root beer barrels, then station a few pirates to keep watch.
- Cut sails from the paper, then slip them onto the skewers and set the masts in place.
- Place a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on top of the tallest mast as the crow's nest. Use the other Reese's Peanut Butter Cup as the Captain's wheel (steering wheel).
- For safety, place the candles in the cookie cannons, far from the paper sails. Also, make sure that the surface on which the cake rests is impervious to wax, as the burning candles will drip.
- I added jute for the rope around the masts.
- For the front bow part (the pole) use a full Pirouette cookie with a candle placed in the top end. Tie a rope, using jute or yarn, from the candle to the top of the mast.
- Use gold coins to place around the cake.
- 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.
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