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. Before I knew it I was looking at pirates' ships on line, at dead captains, anchors, cannons and all kinds of nautical paraphernalia. A 40 foot long, 8' wide with 3 masts, a 20,22 25' tall made out of wooden pallets, burlap, aluminum, paper mache. People still remember the ship today, on Halloween we had over 2,000 people come on board to collect the candy. The result was not only a huge PR campaign, the local paper put a picture of the ship and named the street where it was, (somebody tip them off ;-) the traffic was incredible, especially at night when the blinking eyes on the captain quarters were visible.


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Timothy, Thank you for the "reblogging" since this is my first post, I need all the help I can get. This is a plan of what pieces you need to make your pirate ship – two sides, a back and a base. For this stage you need an L-shaped piece of cardboard, a strong stick for the mast and a piece of styrofoam to hold the mast in position. Punch holes along the top and lower edges of the felt and loop twine around the spreader sticks to tie on the sail. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
All content on this website is copyrighted and available for personal or educational use only. MollyMooCrafts is filled with creative DIY projects for children and their moms, craft tutorials, handmade toys, handmade gifts, decor ideas, everything I love and much much more! We used an upturned baking tray as the cake board and covered it in shiny blue wrapping paper to look like water. Step 3: Using the baking paper as a guide, cut off the bits of cake that do not look like the front of a ship. Step 11: Licorice strips arranged in circles make portholes and the candles are guns or canons.
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.
The summer of 2007 found me at sitting at open houses with the plans of a Pirate Ship on the table. My wife who is also a Realtor and I wanted to make sure the ship was recyclable; after all, what would you do with it after Halloween? You have to go the web site, look at the list of virtual tours and find "The Pirate Ship" to see more pictures.
Dressed as a pirate I greeted everyone on the gangway with a postcard of our web site inviting them to go look at the virtual tours, on the other side my wife gave out the candy.
If you score the base along where the base meets the front so you get a nice straight edge at the front of your ship. A kebab skewer with cut out bits of fabric featuring the Jolly Roger, make for a good pirate ship mast.
I knew straight away that the licorice railing would be difficult, because licorice is not fully flexible.
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 used those candy straps… in Australia one strap has 4 different coloured lines and you can tear off each colour seperately. I was actually planning to have him hanging off the ship but he was too long, but I think this works so much better. The ship building project sort of took a life of its own; we would be watching a movie and making the dead captain out of paper mache or measuring a sail. 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?



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