The little man in my life (aka as Asher my gorgeous four year old nephew) is seriously into them. He had been given a pirate ship model by Grandma and had glued it together and painted it and that was what he wanted for his cake. I tried not to make the front of the boat have too much of an angle inwards underneath as I know that can be a nightmare to cover with icing. Make sure you roll out plenty of fondant icing to cover the cake and tuck it in underneath. Gently lift the fondant over the cake then smooth lightly with your hands to get any air pockets out. Once the whole cake has been smoothed over with your hands, use a smoothing tool to get it absolutely perfect.
The round cake board was covered with a thick (5mm) layer of blue fondant which was rolled and covered in the usual way.
To make the deck a perfect fit I cut a slither off the ship’s paper pattern and used it as a template to cut out the yellow wooden decking.
The cabin was covered in the yellow fondant icing and was positioned on the middle of the ship’s deck with a little Royal Icing.
I cut the sails out of paper and did a drawing of the Jolly Rodger then added Ahser’s initials. Tim had to show me how to make a pirates hat as all my attempts made him look like a cowboy!
I made the plank by cutting a thin cake board to size then covering it with fondant and creating a wooden effect. For the Pirate ship cake I cut out the basic cake shape then once I added buttercream and Jam to the middle I placed them together. Then fold it in half and draw the ship part of the cake so that you will get to use up as much of the cake as possible. I got the chocolate fondant from my local cake decorating shop but you can get it on Amazon too. I have used supermarkets own brands and they are a good back up but not quite as malleable as the renshaw.


I tend to mainly buy pre- coloured sugarpaste as they come in so many perfect colours, but I also buy big 5kg packs of white as it works out a lot cheaper. My little boy’s first birthday today and it looked great – recommend this one to anyone!
A Pirate Ship Cake sailing the seas with sculpted masts, ship and wonderful textured details. This cake was made for a little boy who loves pirates and his mom wanted a really special cake with a pirate that looks like the birthday boy!
So when I asked him what he wanted for his cake this year I had a pretty good idea of what the answer would be – as he brandished his tin foil hook! My plan was to get the larger top half of the boat out of the big cake with the base of the cake out of the smaller one. I then used my fingers to create the waves, gently pushing into the icing to create a rippled effect. I left these to dry overnight as I wanted them to be firm enough to handle, but soft enough to be able to stick to the side of the ship neatly. I then made a red flag with a Jolly Rodger on the front (from fondant) and  placed it over one of my modelling tools so when it was dry and positioned in the cake it would look like it was blowing in the wind.
You can download my template for the sails here Pirate ship Sails template I used a hot glue gun to stick the sails to the mast. To do this glue the top part in place first and when it is really stuck fast you can stick the second on.
Asher loves Captain Hook so I made one to stand on the cake complete with peg leg and shiny hook. I adapted the shape so I could fit it all on one cake with a bit of sticking pieces together with buttercream. Do you buy them ready-coloured or always buy white and then colour for all your lovely cakes. When I colour the sugarpaste I use a small amount (added with a toothpick) until it’s the right colour. You can try and add some Trex (vegetable fat) to the sugarpaste when you knead it – just a little.


For this pirate cake, it was very important that the Pirate not be too scary!Using the birthday invitations, the graphic themes and colors from the invitation were incorporated into the design of the cake. I knew I was going to shape the cake inwards where the boat touches the sea, so it worked out perfectly. Off cuts taste great, especially when you are decorating a cake late at night!) The cake here is upside down  to make the shaping easier. But the peg leg wasn’t happy about being made to stand up so he was resting on a barrel of whisky.
Use icing sugar to dust down your surface and try and colour the paste a day before you need it.
I place it on my hands to melt it then knead and that makes the sugarpaste more malleable and less likely to crack once it’s been handled. I was actually planning to have him hanging off the ship but he was too long, but I think this works so much better.
I wrapped the red flag around the top and back of the skewer and also made sure that the top was wet so it would really stick in place. Or can you from your other experiences suggest an alternative brand fondant with better workability please?
My older boy turns 4 in April and I want to have his party at this city park that gives train rides one weekend a month. I made a train cake from this book which was fun, relatively easy, and a big hit!This cake is made using two round cakes sliced in half and then put together standing (with a bit taken off the rounded end to help it stand). The difficulty with this cake was getting it to stay together because it required lots of icing, but then it got so heavy that one layer actually fell off. I recommend keeping it refrigerated to help keep the icing from slipping.The cannons are pirouline biscuits.



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