This ship cake was made by me (July 09) for my mum's family celebration. 50 years ago (1959) my mum and her family made the voyage from England to Australia to live. They came out here on a boat called the Fairsky, so using pictures of the Fairsky ship I made a cake that looked similar to it as a center piece for the party.
The cake was chocolate mud cake. I used 9" by 7" rectangle tin and cooked it 6 times then I used a 7" diamond shape tin to get the shape for the front of the boat. I then assembled it all together using doweling and boards for support and cut it all into shape. I covered each cake with chocolate ganache and then covered it with two layers of fondant.
I rolled up fondant to fill in the gaps where the cake met and then using coloured fondant i made the decorative parts of the boat. I also in advance, made little life boats, smoke stack and pole which I stuck on the side and on top of the boat with white royal icing.
For the railing and support beams (at side of cake) I used cake wire and wrapped it with white flower film and placed it on the cake. I then made butter cream and added blue food colouring and mixed it so it had a marbled effect.
I then covered a 31" by 16" cake board using the buttercream to give the water effect. The cake was about 28 inches long. It was a huge hit with my family and my Grandmother was thrilled, she didn't want to cut the cake.
I made this boat cake for my husband's birthday. He really enjoys boating and I enjoy laying around in the sun, plus I wanted to make something unique looking.
This cake design requires normal cake pans( 9x13& small square or round pan) and one small Pyrex bowl. You will need 2 cake mixes , 1 for the 9 x13 pan- 1 layer, and 1 mix for the round/square pan, plus fill a Pyrex bowl about 1/3 full( this gives you more than you need but you can trim some off later, this is the mound for the island).
One box of graham crackers smashed for the sand on island, use as much as you desire. The decorations are from hobby stores( these are all buttons, liquor store(drink umbrella), plastic palm tree & beach chair from online cake decorating store).
I make all the frosting myself from Wilton cake book recipe & tint a variety of colors ( waves are darker than water etc.) The windshield on boat is aluminum foil cut to size for boat and smoothed out with round back of spoon before placing on cake, outlined with orange gel icing in a tube. The flag is made from paper colored with markers and glued onto a toothpick.
I used two long loaf tins to make a chocolate sandwich cake and created the hull by cutting two corners off to create a point. The first cake was the base and the second was used for the raised decking. I then iced the sailing ship cake as normal.
I used mint matchsticks to create the outlines of the ship and chocolate butter icing for the decking. I added to the effect by scoring lines with a fork to create a wood effect.
Then for sails it is simply greaseproof paper and kebab skewers.
For the sea I created marble effect using blue and white icing and rolled it out and bought a tube of blue decorating icing to create the waves around the boat.
The smaller tug boat was made completely of icing and was painted. It was really handy for the candles as I was worried about the wood and paper!
It went down really well and my dad was chuffed to bits. Cooking and prep time was about 4 1/2 hours - but then I'm not an expert!
To transport I simply took out the sails and laid them flat and re-erected it when we arrived at the party.