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Pirate Ship Cake

For my four-year old son’s pirate themed party, I was asked to make, what else? A Pirate ship cake! The base of the ship was made with a moist vanilla cake, sandwiched with chocolate ganache and frosted with the same.

I tried to keep all the props on the cake as edible as possible, but finally broke down and made the sails and masts from bamboo skewers and card stock, with a real fabric Jolly Roger flag. Gold muffin cups, and melted on candles finished the sails. The rope ladder attached to the mast was carefully crafted from licorice wheels. The steering wheel and anchor were fashioned out of marzipan. The railing was simply pretzel sticks “glued” with ganache, and the cannons on the side were hollow chocolate sticks. The “sand” was crushed graham crackers sprinkled onto a layer of ganache.


What was nice about this cake was that I was able to achieve the needed effect without feeling the absence of artificial coloring that is so prevalent in birthday cakes of this sort!

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3 Responses to “Pirate Ship Cake”

  1. Val on June 10, 2012 5:06 am

    LOVE this cake! Thinking about attempting something like it for my boys’ birthday party. What did you use to color the card stock?

  2. admin on June 10, 2012 11:58 pm

    I used a printer-friendly gold cardstock which I printed the words on using a calligraphic font. I then cut out the pieces and used a brush dipped into diluted black acrylic paint to give it the weathered edges. The sticks are simply long bamboo skewers. Good luck with your cake!

  3. Dee on August 21, 2013 5:59 pm

    Wonderful. It’s so cool.
    How did you make the actual ship? What size pans?
    Wouldn’t sparkling candles be cool

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