I’ve made a point to ask the kids what kind of cake they want for their birthday and when Eleanor said a Bucky cake (pirate ship from Jake and the Neverland Pirates) I knew I had my work cut out for me. If you want to see the party details check it out HERE!
I usually make a cake with a character pan and decorate it but attempting a 3D pirate ship wasn’t something I thought I would be able to do. Thankfully Mike was the one who said we could do it and we worked together to come up with a great idea.
Making the Cake:
We mixed 2 cake mixes together and used a 9 x 13 and filled it with 3/4 of the mix. Then filled a loaf pan with the remaining batter. We used an additional mix for 2- 9 inch round pans. Splitting 1/2 and 1/2. Note: Make the cakes earlier in the day so they have time to cool.
Cutting the Cake:
I’m going to let the pictures explain this one, but you can see that we have the cardboard base and water (blue cellophane) all prepped.
Chocolate Railing and back:
We heated up in a double boiler (a bottom pot with water and a top pot with the chocolate) some chocolate chips, with a little vegetable oil to thin it out.
We measured where the railings would be so we would know exactly how tall and long we would need.
Place the chocolate in a plastic baggie, snip one corner and pipe out the railings and back.
NOTE: We placed it in the freezer and didn’t put it on the cake till right before the party so it wouldn’t break or melt
Decorating the cake:
I let the chocolate icing do it for me. I did take some vanilla and add yellow dye for the yellow piping. (Plastic bag with corner snipped off)
I used a red Airhead candy for the slide, and cut up 2 blue Airheads for the door and manholes (I used a quarter for the size). The canon for the ship was a mouthpiece from a party horn, and I used a dowel rod and some paper for the sail (I could have used a pretzel rod if I wanted though).
The island is just crushed up cinnamon graham crackers with a pretzel rod and curling ribbon on top (with lots of icing to keep it there) for the tree. I threw on a few chocolate covered raisins for some coconuts, it’s the small details that count!
I was surprised with how easy and adorable this cake turned out. It took time, but I would say it was probably under 2 hours of decorating with both Mike and I working as a team. We were lucky that we already had the characters so we could just add them on (Note: add them after you icing the cake not the next day).
I’m so glad Mike pushed for the 3-D cake it really was an awesome centerpiece for the party and the memory of seeing the kids face was worth the time it took to make it.