This Pirate Ship Birthday Cake was the first time I have made a cake like this and my son loved it. I based my idea on the various cakes I had viewed on this web site.
To make the cake I baked an 11x6 inch cake and a 5x6 inch cake. I used a collapsible cake tin with dividers, in order to get the size cakes I needed. Based on an average size cake recipe for an 8 inch round tin, the large cake use 1+1/3 quantity cake mixture and the smaller cake used 2/3 quantity cake mixture although this would have also been sufficient for a 6x6 inch square cake
I cut the smaller cake in two to make a 2x6 inch cake and a 3x6 inch cake.
I used the 2x6 inch cake to make the raised part at the back of the boat and put the 3x6 inch cake onto the front of the large cake and then shaped the front of the boat into a point.
I covered the cake in chocolate ganache and then drew lines in the ganache with a skewer to make a wood effect.
I made the fence by cutting up a skewer and attaching thread into small slits I'd made at the top of each fence(skewer) post. The ladder was also made with a cut up skewer which was super glued together
The masts' were made out of 5x5 inch square cardboard and skewer's. The pirates were bought and the skull and cross bone at the front of the boat was a pencil topper.
I put Rolo's on the sides to represent cannons and a few Maltesers on the floor of the boat to represent the cannon balls.
I coloured royal icing in 2 different coloured blues and then roughly iced the board in peeks to make the rough sea and then sprinkled some edible glitter over the top for effect.