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.