Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pirate Ship Cake

This is the cake I made for a 3-year-old girl. It had to be a pirate ship cake. The cake is basically a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream covering. I had baked two 9-inches square cakes and refrigerated them after cooling down overnight. That helps to carve the cake easily as it becomes more firm. With the help of an iron I had drawn the template (shape of the iron) on a paper. I placed the paper on each of the cakes and carved out the shape with a sharp knife. I glued both of these cakes using the chocolate mousse. Then with the leftovers of the cake, I created a small raised deck on the back side of the ship and glued it again with the chocolate mousse. After this, I covered the whole cake with chocolate buttercream. To give it a more ship like effect, I drew the ridges on the sides and also the planks on the top of the deck using a butterknife. With black buttercream, I piped out the rings on the side of the boat.
The chocolate gold coins were used as treasure (got them in the candy section at Wegmans) and the gobstopper candies as the cannon balls. The sails were paper-crafted by me by printing out the required design and putting them into skewers. I had got the pirate figurines from Party City. After placing all the toppers, I just piped out the blue buttercream with tip #21 around the ship to give the water effect.

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