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First I made a 9 x 13 cake and two 8 inch round cakes. I cut two equal size rectangles out of the 9x13 cake and laid them one on top of each other with frosting in between.
I cut each one of the round kid cakes in half and laid four halves on top of each other then cut some of the bottom up so that it could stand up. I put one section on each side of the rectangular piece of cake to make the bow and the stern of the ship. I froze the cake for a couple of hours and then frosted it with chocolate frosting.
I used long skewers for the masts, Pepperidge farm pirouettes for the sides (around the top) and Rolos for the cannons. I decorated it with toys from my child's toy chest and with whoppers to make it look like cannon balls and also Hershey treasures to make treasure chests.
For the island I make a round cake and cut it to size, frosted it with white frosting and then covered it with ground up graham crackers. The palm tree is also a Pepperidge farm pirouette with toy palm leaf's on the top. For the water I dyed some coconut blue. (Just put the coconut into a plastic bag, add a few drop of food coloring and shake.) It came out to be one of the coolest kid cakes.
College Station, TX
I made the cake from two Duncan Hines cake mixes. I used one box of yellow butter cake and one box of German chocolate. After this experience, though, I would only recommend using yellow cake for the pirate kid cakes because the chocolate just didn't hold up... it started looking like a ship wreck after it was outside in the heat for about an hour.
The boat part of the cake is just two round 9 inch layers cut in half, placed side by side and stood upright. One tip that'll help the boat stand up is to freeze it so that it is more firm. You can cut the bottom so the boat sits flat.
I covered mine in chocolate icing and made it look like wood by running a fork through the icing on all sides. I added pirate figures, sails, Rolo candies for cannons and A&W Rootbeer barrels. Pepperidge farm pirouette cookies line the sides of the ship and candles can be added to the Rolo candy cannons, but be careful that there is nothing that can catch on fire below or you could have a pirate ship go down in flames.
My son wanted a pirate party for his 6th birthday. I surfed the web and found lots of great ideas for kid cakes. I found this Pirate Ship cake and added my own touch to it.
Basically, you need to make a normal cake recipe using two 9-inch round cake pans. After the cakes cool, cut both kid cakes down the center. Use chocolate icing (homemade or in the can) and "glue" the layers together. You may also want to use something else as support while these set up. I used drinking straws cut in half and stuck them through in three sections of the cake. Also, cut the bottom of these 4 layers to make it sit level. (You don't want this boat rocking while you're trying to decorate it). Wrap these tightly in cellophane and put in the freezer for about an hour. When they're ready, they will be nice and firm and you won't have to worry about them falling apart while you're icing the cake.
I used a cake board decorated with metallic blue tissue paper and cellophane. I also added gummy sharks and Swiss fish around the bottom. Next, ice the cake with the remainder of the icing. I used a butter knife and drew "planks" on the side of the ship.
Now comes the fun part - decorating! I used Swiss rolls cut in half for the cannons on the side. (Again, I used straws to hold these in place). The cannon balls were Whoppers, the treasure chests were Hershey "Treasure" chocolates, and the figurines were purchased at a local party store. I used Pirouettes as the side railing. The sails were cut "free-hand" out of regular card stock and I just slid them onto Skewers. I used leftover silver candles and stuck them in the ends of the "cannons". I left it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This is one of those kid cakes that not only the kids loved it, but so did the grownups!
This is my pirate ship cake! The sails and flag I made on the computer. The barrels and sharks are candy. The posts and ropes are royal icing.