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Coolest Pirate Ship Cake 164

by Angie M.
(Minneapolis, MN)

Homemade Pirate Ship Cake

Homemade Pirate Ship Cake

Homemade Pirate Ship Cake
Homemade Pirate Ship Cake
Homemade Pirate Ship Cake
Homemade Pirate Ship Cake

My son asked for a pirate ship cake for his 3rd birthday. We went online and looked at pictures of pirate ships, and I chose one with as simple a design as possible (not so easy since pirate ships are very intricate!). I used the picture as a template.

I baked a 1/2 sheet cake, cut it into thirds and stacked it to make a 3-layer rectangular cake. I used this as my blank "canvas". Next I carved the shape of the boat. I used a sharp bread knife to get the general shape and then a smaller serrated knife for the smaller details.

Next step was to ice the cake. I used chocolate butter cream icing (I cheated and bought the icing at my local grocery store bakery!) to cover the boat, and used the ridged side of a small spatula to make the sides look like wooden planks (I think covering the cake with fondant would work really well, too).

Then I used white butter cream to add the details (side of the boat, and windows). I used a gold food coloring spray paint to cover the white butter cream. I made the railings out of white royal icing and also spray painted those. I also used royal icing to make the cargo netting and then attached it to the "mast" with royal icing.

For the sail and flags, I rolled out white fondant, cut to the shape I wanted, and let it dry for a couple days over crumpled newspaper. Then I attached it to a dowel with royal icing (I had painted the dowel black using black food coloring). The sail ended up being a bit heavy, and I don't think it would have withstood too much moving around. I secured it a bit by piping some royal icing around the base where the dowel went into the cake.

Finally, I spread blue butter cream icing over the base of the cake board, and spread white icing over a corner and covered with sanding sugar to look like a beach.

My son absolutely LOVED the cake, and he was so excited to have a pirate ship cake for his birthday. If I had more time, I would have loved to add some details, treasure chest on the beach, shark in the water, pirate on the boat with a parrot, cannons, planks, the details could be endless!

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Great Idea
by: Anonymous

What a neat idea, and to think you created this from a picture...you sure have some creative juices flowing!!!!Like Like Like

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