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Coolest Shipwrecked Birthday Cake 140

by Shannon R.
(Hernando, MS)

Homemade Shipwrecked Birthday Cake

Homemade Shipwrecked Birthday Cake

Homemade Shipwrecked Birthday Cake

This Shipwrecked Birthday Cake was made for my son's 3rd birthday. The party was a pirate theme. I searched online for cake ideas. I made this cake from an idea I found online. However, my cake did not turn out quite like it was suppose to.

To make the cake, I used one cake mix and about 1 and 1/2 cans of icing. You use 2 round cake pans, let the cakes cool and then slice them in half. You stick the four layers together with icing in between layers and at the suggestion of others I used a drinking straws to help support the layers. You then then stand the layers up. I iced the cake or I guess crumb coated it and then put it in the freezer for about an hour to make it easier to ice. I then put another layer of icing on it to make it smooth.

With a butter knife I made lines around the ship to look like planks. I used large tootsie rolls for the railing of the ship. I was mostly finished with the cake and was going to leave the final details of adding a pirate and the sails for the next morning right before the party. The ship was looking really good when about 30 minutes later, I looked over and the ship had split in half down the middle. I couldn't believe what had just happened. I couldn't figure out what had gone wrong. I had to fix the cake but wasn't sure how.

Then I thought of the idea to color some white icing blue and pour it through the middle of the cake to make it look like water coming up through the cake. I had the rubber sharks and added them for detail. It was looking better. However, I still made another cake for the party. I did realize what I did wrong in making the first cake before making the second one. From the ideas I had gotten online, it said to trim the bottom of the round edge of the cake so it sits flat. I had not trimmed my original cake because it seemed as if it was sitting flat. The weight of the cake eventually caused it to split.

For the party I had both cakes sitting out and actually the "shipwrecked" cake seem to be the most popular! So what I thought was a disaster turned in to a great creative cake!

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by: Anonymous

What a wonderful way to "save" your cake. I bet you were devasted when it happened, but I think it looks marvelous. I am going to attempt a pirate ship this weekend, so if that happens to mine, I am going to copy your idea!

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