I made this pirate ship cake for my son’s 10th birthday in June 2008. The cake idea was based on the one in the Australian Womens Weekly Kids Party cakes book. I baked a chocolate slab cake (using a 9×13 in cake tin) and cut it up as shown in the book. Once all the layers are constructed, they are then secured with long skewers cut down flat over the surface of the cake.
The whole cake is iced smooth in chocolate icing and I used a fork to create a “wood” effect on the icing. The pirate ship can then be decorated in any way you like. I used chocolate covered biscuits, curly wurly chocolates, candies and skull and pirate figures. I made the masts using skewers and cardboard for the sails.
The pirate ship sits on a narrow cake board covered in blue foil paper. I then covered a large white ceramic tile with blue cellophane paper that was crumpled to give the effect of water. This acted as my display board to which you can then add islands, sharks, fish, palm trees or whatever you like. I raided my younger son’s toy box and found a pirate LEGO set (complete with scary skull!) and added this for extra effect.