Pirate Ship Cake

pirate ship cakeAhoy mateys! My William turned 7 this weekend and this is the cake that I made for him. I absolutely love making my kid’s birthday cakes. It is one of those things that I look forward to doing every year. This year, William wanted to be surprised and I am tired of cars, trucks, and airplanes. So, a pirate ship it is! This cake was surprisingly easy to make. The things that make it really cool were the Playmobil pieces that I bought at Toys R Us. Other than baking off some cake layers and making frosting, it was minimal effort on my part. I found this cake from my favorite website for kid parties, Family Fun.

pirate ship cakeHere is my birthday boy. I am so proud to be his mother. I love his sweet nature, creative spirit, and everything about him. I cannot get over that he is 7 already.

pirate ship cakeI made my Beatty’s Chocolate Cake for the chocolate layers and a yellow cake from Smitten Kitchen. I wanted to use chocolate and vanilla to make everyone happy, and I needed to make a fairly large cake. I used 9-inch cake pans and used one and half of the yellow cake layers and one chocolate layer. I made two batches of my chocolate buttercream frosting and had some left over. Cut the layers in half and add frosting to the middle to stick them together. I did this part vertically. I stacked the cake layers on top of each other and used a serrated knife to cut about a half inch off of the round edge so that it would stand better and be more stable. I generously iced the board and then flipped the cake onto the board.

https://bakedbree.com/chocolate-cake-with-chocolate-buttercream-frostingAs you can see, my layers shifted a bit when I flipped the cake onto the board, but I really liked it. It made it look like the boat was rocking on the waves, so I kept it like that. I inserted 3 wooden skewers through the cake for insurance though. You do not have to ice carefully because we are going to texture it anyway.

pirate ship cakeI used a frosting comb with the ragged edge to go around all of the sides to make it look like wood. That is it for actual cake making. Now for the really fun part.

pirate ship cakeI put Pirouette cookies on the edges to look like railings of the boat. I could not find Waffeletten cookies and did not have enough time to order them online, so I found these chocolate covered marshmallows to use instead. I attached the marshmallows with toothpicks. I put the candles in them as well. I cut a few squares out of card stock and used a small hole punch to make the sails. I put the Playmobil pieces around the ship and used Rolos and Whoppers for barrels and cannons. I felt like it needed some color so I colored some canned white frosting and made it look like waves and stuck the boat in the water.

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William and all of his friends absolutely loved this cake. They really liked the candles coming out of the sides. This cake is one of my most favorite cakes that I have ever made.

pirate ship cakeHappy Birthday William!

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This Post Has 62 Comments

  1. Brandon

    Are you kidding me? What a great cake! Good work, I’ll have to do themed or shaped cakes some day, I love this!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Brandon!

  2. Jenn C.

    The cake looks amazing and I bet it tasted great too! I love FamilyFun magazine. My son Wesley just turned one two weeks ago and my friend made him a pirate ship cake. I just blogged about it the other day. Here’s a link to it https://jennlikesit.com/2011/01/happy-birthday-wesley/. Have you ever made a train cake? 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.

    1. bakedbree

      My husband’s name is Wesley. I have never made a train cake, but I have made a train gingerbread house.

  3. Abby

    Wow! Your cake looks fantastic! I am afraid to decorate cakes becuase I put a lot of effort into them and they end up looking like a 4 year old did them ๐Ÿ™ I am jealous! Love the way the candle sticks are pointing out!

    1. bakedbree

      I have had a few of those myself!

  4. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    What a fantastic cake! Love it! I always try to be creative and inventive, but mine never come out as cool as yours! I will keep this one in mind, so perfect for little boys!

    1. bakedbree

      It took a long time for mine to be cute, believe me! But a cake like this is foolproof. Family Fun is my favorite place to go for kids cakes. They really make it easy.

  5. Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)

    that is an amazing cake! I bet it tasted awesome too. Your son is so adorable! happy birthday William!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Mary!!

  6. Natalie

    This is so cute!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Natalie!

  7. Lisa

    That is one amazing looking cake. You did a fantastic job on it and really make it look and sound easy.

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Lisa!

  8. Tara

    Love it!!! My 5 year old really wants one for his birthday now. Happy belated birthday to William!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Tara!

  9. torviewtoronto

    looks lovely
    happy birthday to your son

    1. bakedbree

      thank you very much!

  10. Lee Currie

    Oh my goodness, this is BRILLIANT! Bookmarked for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Lee!

  11. Deann

    that’s awesome! I can’t show my son though, he’s asked for a pirate cake for the past two birthdays. Mine was just a half sheet with an island, palm trees, rocky waters, and a marooned toy ship. Playmobil IS great for this! Your cake looks great!!

    1. bakedbree

      this was really easy to make. Playmobil did the hard work.

  12. Amrita

    OK, now I want a pirate cake for my birthday…. (sulk)

    That’s saying a lot coming from a twenty-six year old but what a fantastic job! The cake looks gorgeous and I cannot get over the tiny treasure chest! Your son is adorable and I bet he had a great birthday!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Amrita! He loved it and it was really fun to make.

  13. Lisa

    Wow, this is awesome. I’m a professional baker and an avid pirate enthusiast (I even have a fun pirate cupcake tattoo on my right forearm), so this cake is right up my alley. I can’t wait to find an occasion to make one like this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Lisa! It was really fun to make. What a cool tattoo!

  14. Shailender @ Valentine Vacation

    Delicious cake for the cute birthday boy….. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Shailender!

  15. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Fantastic cake, so imaginative! I really like the way the boat is tilted a bit, like you said it looks like it’s rocking in the waves. What a cool cake for a birthday at any age! Hope your son had a fantastic birthday.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Sylvie!

  16. Lizzy

    Wow, what an impressive cake!! You make the best stuff but wow this cake is amazing!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Lizzy!

  17. JP

    This cake is terrific! You may have inspired me to try to make a birthday cake for my tot this year. I make cakes all the time, but none of us are wild about frosting, so most aren’t frosted. Thank you for sharing William’s cake with us!

    1. bakedbree

      It is really fun to make cakes like this. My children love it and remember what I have made year after year.

  18. Chelsey (Cookteen)

    WOW! That cake is amazing! So clever to have the candles coming out of the sides and the waves look perfect!!!! Happy 7th Birthday William!!!!

    with love and cupcakes,

    1. bakedbree

      thanks, I cannot take credit, it was all Family Fun’s idea.

  19. Marie {Make and Takes}

    DYING at how awesome this is. I love kid’s bdays and this cake is perfect for any pirate!! So fun.

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Marie! It was really easy and so much fun to make. Even more fun was his reaction. He and his friends loved it.

  20. Desi

    Um wow! You amaze me! I would NEVER be able to do this! Your blog inspires me ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      well, I know that you could! If I can, anyone can.

  21. Conspiracy girl

    Absolutely im on your side bakedbree..everybody does!

  22. nicole

    Thanks for the guide – my first attempt at cake making…a real success!
    My little boy’s first birthday today and it looked great – recommend this one to anyone!
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad that it worked for you Nicole! I loved making my son this cake.

  23. Katelyn

    Great tutorial. The Smitten Kitchen link isn’t linking to Smitten Kitchen. FYI. Thanks for sharing your talents!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks for letting me know. It may have moved.

  24. Nick

    Nice cake. Although I hate to be a downer. Those toys have been known to contain traces of lead. Not the best thing to have on a cake!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks for the heads up.

  25. Emily @ Love{&}Bugs

    Very cute! I’m going to attempt this for my son’s 4th birthday party this weekend. Wish me luck!

    1. bakedbree

      Good luck Emily!

  26. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    What a cute cake! You are so talented Bree!

  27. Maria

    Nice cake! Simple, made with love. Ill do it for my son Simรณn… regars from Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina :))

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Maria!

  28. Laura S

    This looks amazing and I am going to try to follow your instructions and make one for my son’s fourth birthday this week. Just wondered what sized cake board you needed to use ? Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      I made this cake 3 years ago, so I cannot say 100%, but I think that it is 12×18.

  29. Clancy

    Totally copied this today, just wanted to say thank you!

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that your pirate had a Happy Birthday!

  30. Wendy Mathie

    Dear Bree, this looks lovely! How big is this cake? I am trying to guess the size chopping bag I’ll need and coolbag to store it. Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      Probably about a foot long and 6 inches tall?

  31. Susan

    Great cake! Iโ€™m planning on making it for my sons 5th birthday. The playmobil toys are fantastic for it

    1. bakedbree

      They are perfect for it.

  32. Kellyjean

    Made it! Everyone loved it! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Bree Hester

      I am so glad!

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