So my darling youngest charge, little C, had her 4th birthday last week. As you can probably guess from the picture, she is more than a little obsessed with pirates. After much teasing about her having a princess party, I finally caved and made her much requested pirate ship cake! I must admit, it turned out a lot better than I had hoped. I'm rather proud of this one!
|It's got a plank!|
This cake was actually remarkably straightforward to make. It started off its life as a simple tray bake of vanilla sponge:
Then it was just a matter of stacking and shaping the cake:
After shaping the ship, I then filled the layers with chocolate buttercream:
Then covered it all in chocolate buttercream, after cutting the dowels to size. To make the wooden effect, I piped chocolate buttercream onto the ship, then smoothed it with a pallette knife to give the effect of planks:
This was the bulk of the cake complete. Just decorations left. I decided to keep these simple, just cannons, windows and a plank. These were made out of coloured fondant and left ot dry for 2 hours before attaching to the ship.
After everything is dry, I added some sails. This was done using paper burnt at the edges pushed onto wooden skewers. I also piped some blue vanilla buttercream around the ship to look like waves. One pirate ship complete!