Birthday parties

Kids' birthday cake ideas: Pirate ship

Ahoy, me hearties! This pirate ship cake is one of our most popular birthday cake ideas—with both kids and adults. It looks impressive but is easy to make.

2014-01(January) BirthdaysMaterials:

  • 1 chocolate loaf cake (like this Chocolate Pound Cake)
  • chocolate icing
  • chocolate wafer cookies
  • chocolate-covered biscuit sticks
  • pretzel rods
  • brown gel icing
  • candy mints
  • yellow mini chocolate candies

2014-01(January) Birthdays2Directions:

1. Slice top off loaf cake to make a flat surface. Cut corners off one end to make the bow of the ship. Carve out rectangular pieces from the centre to make the deck levels.

2014-01(January) Birthdays32. Ice the “ship” with chocolate icing. Cover “deck” with chocolate wafer layers. Refrigerate to firm icing, then run the tip of a butter knife along sides to create “planks.” Decorate with pretzel railings, biscuit sticks and candy.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 2014 issue of Today’s Parent.

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