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    Pirate Ship Cake

    May 29, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    We are at the part where Jim Hawkins is captured by Long John Silver, which is shortly after the part where Jim has beached the Hispaniola with the help of the buccaneer Israel Hands. We are anxious to learn what happens next, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Until then, we will treasure the lesson in our hearts that one should never sneak up on sleeping pirates as they use a most effective watchman, one green parrot that likes to scream “Pieces of eight!!” over and over as an alert.

    But enough of Treasure Island.

    The cake below was crafted using two 8-inch round cakes. I must mention that my lovely sister-in-law Alex, who works in a bakery at a grocery store, was quite helpful with this particular cake. Furthermore, she is invited to help with all future cakes!

    We took the two rounds and sliced off the “humps” where the cake had risen using a long serrated knife. When stacking round cakes, a flat surface comes in handy. We saved the humps to use as the island later. We covered the serving tray with blue cellophane to imitate water. We cut the rounds into halves. We frosted three halves and stacked them ever so carefully, and then turned the load on its side so as to resemble a Chinese junket ship. The fourth half had the edges cut off and then we stacked it on top to add some dimension to the boat shape. Then we frosted it all with chocolate. Yum.

    We used some blue and white frosting to imitate waves under the ship. These also served our purpose of stabilizing the ship a bit.

    The island was, as I mentioned before, made from one of the risen “humps.” {The other hump was eaten by vultures.} We frosted it white and sprinkled it with lots of brown sugar and a bit of ground flax seed for some darker colored “sand.” Blue frosting brought a bit of water onto the “shore.”

    The sails and palm tree are made from 3×5 cards. The palm tree has a toothpick taped to the back as an anchor sunk into the island. The sails are attached to long skewers. Yes, I drew the Jolly Roger myself. I am now quite vain about it. Alex added some cute yellow portholes on the sides.

    If this were a first birthday party, we would have gone with animals and made it Noah’s Ark instead! It is a very versatile design.

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  • Reply Brandy May 30, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Different dimensions are required for a cellophane sea. 🙂

  • Reply Si May 30, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Do you think the ship would be able to float with its given dimensions? Its base seems too narrow.

    • Reply Kelly Flaherty August 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

      I do not believe the ship would be able to float. It is made of cake and therefore would just turn into mush if it was placed in a body of water.

      • Reply Brandy Vencel August 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm

        That’s my husband. He was just joking with me.

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