I’ve had Jake’s Pirate Ship cake ready to post for weeks and I just kept letting it slip through the cracks with all of the other stuff I always have going on!
I really loved doing this cake – it was unique for me and I got to try out a new technique with making the maps look aged. So… here are the details about the Pirate Ship Cake!
I used a wood grain impression mat to give the texture to the boat. The mast was a dowel rod “painted” with black gel coloring and the sails were paper – artwork courtesy of my sweet husband! The water was vanilla buttercream with blue gel coloring partially mixed in; I didn’t mix the blue evenly so it would be a mix of white and blue!
For the map on the front of the cake (and the sign on the bottom with Jake’s name), I used marshmallow fondant and tore the edges to make it rough.
I drew on the map markings with a black food marker and used a brush and dry cocoa powder to give it the rough, aged look. I was super happy with the way it turned out!
The border on the top tier was rope (again with the extruder) and for the bottom tier I used brown sugar for sand. The coins were chocolate gold coins for the pirate booty. For the name, I used my Fox Run Alphabet cutters.
A few more details… except for elements previously described, this cake was covered and decorated with homemade marshmallow fondant. On the inside, it was vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream filling and frosting.
The cakes were baked in 8″ and 10″ round pans.
If you like the pirate theme, be sure to check out my Pirate Cake Topper and Pirate Face Cupcake Toppers!