Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pirate Ship cake

I know I've mentioned this before, but either way, my friend Lindsay and I do an exchange of services. She takes our family photos and puts them on a cd for me and I make her son's birthday cake. It's his birthday this weekend and they requested a pirate cake. After searching on cakecentral.com, I decided to do a pirate ship cake. There were some really awesome looking pirate ships, but most of them were done in fondant. I really didn't want to do fondant because it tastes gross and it's for a child on his birthday, but I didn't know how else I'd be able to do this and have it look nice. I bought a new decorating tip that worked wonderfully on creating the wood planks the size I wanted and my butter cream frosted pirate cake turned out really well. The only thing not butter cream were the candies and I used several: tootsie rolls(w/toothpicks through the middle to stick into the cake as the railing), rolos for gold, whoppers as canons, black licorice railing, Hershey bar plank and pretzel windows. I used 2 sheet cakes to carve the shape and the new tip I bought for the planks was 2B.
I had a really enjoyable time working on the cake. I usually do. It's a nice creative outlet for me. And it was especially nice in the evening once the kids went to bed because I was able to work on it uninterrupted and I was able to enlist Scott's help. He put most of the black 'nails' on the wood planks. It was fun working on a project together. I think I've mentioned this many, many times before but I am so grateful for my wonderful husband.

I took some pictures of the cake making process. It's always so fun for me to see a cake in it's beginning stages and then, within hours, have it transform into something beautiful.






I got a couple more pictures from Lindsay after the party:

13 comments:

The Frosts said...

Wow.wow.wow. I am AMAZED at this cake. Your attention to detail is incredible. Awesome work (as always). What a great trade for both of you!

Vanessa said...

That is the coolest cake I've ever seen! Good luck getting it out of your house without your kids wanting to keep it :)

Lindsay said...

ha...I should have guessed---you would have taken some pictures after all that hard work. But if you want more, I have a million more too :) I took tons before we cut into it--it was soo beautiful! Thanks again. You set the standard way too high now though--my poor other kid's cakes will not look near that good. My attempt at cake decorating is pretty lame!
This cake was definitely the highlight of tonight!

The Horne's said...

Elisa, this is AMAZING!!!!!! WOW!!!! What a great trade!!! Seriously, this is incredible. I loved the ROLO's for the pile of Gold. Wow, what an inspiration!

Katherine said...

Only smokes! That is so amazing Lis!

The Clarks said...

Seriously seriously amazing Elisa! Way to go! It's time to go pro.

Rachel said...

Wow is right!!! amazing and great team work, when you open your cake shop scott can work for you!! just kidding!! it really does look so good!!

BJJ said...

That cake is rad!!!

carrie r. said...

What an amazingly cool cake! It looks fantastic. Great job.

jomay said...

That cake is fabulous! What was the decorators tool you used for the wood?

Elisa said...

Thanks Everyone! And Jomay, I used tip 2B. I'll be sure to update that info on my blog.

Jennifer lindquist said...

Can you tell me what kind of cake you used? Box or homemade? I attempted this cake this weekend and structure wise I was happy but my cake (a mix) was so moist it crumbled.

Elisa said...

I used a chocolate box mix. I use either Betty Crocker, Pilsbury or Duncan Hines. If you're getting too many crumbs, try sticking it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Usually I'll do a quick crumb coat(thin layer of frosting that shows some crumbs) then I'll refrigerate it for 30 minutes (I don't cover the cake if it's frosted b/c the frosting will keep the cake from drying out; if you have meringue powder in your frosting it'll help it to set and become a little tacky to the touch, which you'll want) and then I'll do another layer of frosting and this time you shouldn't have any crumbs. Hope that helps!