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Pirate Ship Cake

3rd September 2007

Pirate Ship Cake

Pirate Ship Cake

Pirate Ship Cake Ingredients:

*2 baked 9″ or 10″ round cakes

*3 to 4 cups of chocolate icing

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Pirate Ship Cake

Pirate Ship Cake Decorations:

  • Chocolate wafer sticks
  • Milk chocolate wafer rolls
  • A few pieces of white or off-white paper
  • 3 10″ wooden skewers
  • Malted milk balls
  • Rolo candies
  • Root Beer Barrels
  • Plastic Pirate figures

How to make the Pirate Ship Cake

  • Cut the cakes in half and layer them, rounded sides all facing the same direction, adding a thin coat of chocolate icing between the layers
  • Trim the bottom curves of the cakes slightly to help them sit flat, then turn the cakes upright, as shown. (Tip: If necessary, wrap the cakes in plastic and chill in the freezer to make them firmer. Also, two drinking straws stuck through the four layers of cake will help keep them together)
  • Cover with the chocolate icing, then create planking lines along the hull with a butter knife. Chill at least one hour to firm the icing
  • Use dabs of icing to anchor wafer stick gunwales along the edge of the deck
  • Press the wafer rolls into both sides of the ship for cannons
  • Cut sails from the paper, then slip them onto the skewers and set the masts in place
  • Add malted milk ball cannonballs, plenty of Rolo gold booty, and root beer barrels, then station a few pirates to keep watch
  • For safety, place the candles in the cookie cannons, far from the paper sails. In addition, make sure that the surface on which the cake rests is impervious to wax, as the burning candles will drip

Your Pirate Ship Cake will surely be a success as it’s both tasty and looking good!

Pirate Ship Cake

If you want to take your pirate ship cake to the next level, you can decorate it using fondant, following my fondant recipe on my post called “How to make fondant“. Fondant decorated pirate ship cake can look like this:





Happy Cooking :-)


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Fondant Pirate Ship Cake



You’re welcome to see the Pirate Ship Cake made by Caroline, one of my readers  that followed my recipe at:

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  1. 1 On September 5th, 2007, Free Grocery Gift Cards! » Blog Archive » The perfect cake for Talk Like a Pirate Day said:

    [...] planning on posting about it here until I stumbled across the recipe and design instructions for a Pirate Ship Cake and realized that it was a match made in heaven. Now, I haven’t made this recipe personally, [...]

  2. 2 On September 5th, 2007, The perfect cake for Talk Like a Pirate Day | Health Foods Blog said:

    [...] planning on posting about it here until I stumbled across the recipe and design instructions for a Pirate Ship Cake and realized that it was a match made in heaven. Now, I haven’t made this recipe personally, [...]

  3. 3 On September 13th, 2007, Stephanie said:

    I’m confused about how you achieved the boat shape using two round cakes. Can anyone help explain the process of cutting and stacking the cakes?

  4. 4 On September 14th, 2007, TheCookDuke said:

    Hi Stephanie
    Thank you for your question, good to know someone is actually reading my posts :-)
    As for the answer – it’s quite easy
    You cut each round cake into half so you end up with four “half round” cakes.
    When you place them with the straight side up (the diameter)you get the shape of a boat.
    As you don’t want it to be a dancing pirate cake, trim the base so it gets less round and can sit on a solid base.

  5. 5 On October 5th, 2007, Jack said:


    Good job on this post…

  6. 6 On October 5th, 2007, Ann-Marie said:

    Thank you for this brilliant idea! My 4 year old son has a birthday in a week and we are having a pirate themed party. Last night he said all he wants for his birthday is a pirate ship cake! This looks pretty easy and I will give it a go.


  7. 7 On October 27th, 2007, sworieces said:

    Enjoyed the visit!

  8. 8 On October 27th, 2007, kneetlywek said:

    Thank you! I delighted!

  9. 9 On October 27th, 2007, sworieces said:

    Very nicely done, Thank you!

  10. 10 On October 28th, 2007, kneetlywek said:

    Good stuff, very nicely done!

  11. 11 On October 28th, 2007, quiend said:

    Good resources here, Enjoyed the visit!

  12. 12 On October 29th, 2007, sworieces said:

    Like! Thank you!

  13. 13 On October 30th, 2007, kneetlywek said:

    Very good contents

  14. 14 On October 31st, 2007, Rochelle said:

    My son has a 4th birthday party on Saturday and all he wants is a Pirate ship birthday cake – I have been loking at the net for the last hour and came across this – thanks so much !! will give it a try

  15. 15 On November 5th, 2007, Amazing Cooking Guide said:

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  17. 17 On November 7th, 2007, Payday said:

    Great post

  18. 18 On November 14th, 2007, Darren said:

    Just what I was looking for – 10X

  19. 19 On November 20th, 2007, Vicky said:

    I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday. Easy! I ended up using “Fruit Roll-ups” cut to the shape of sails, on bamboo skewers and it looked great. Also, I sat the boat on a glass plate, that I sprayed with blue food colouring, then covered the plate and the bottem of the ship’s base with crystal blue sprinkles. I added gummy octopus, sharks and fish to the “water”. Fun!!

  20. 20 On December 6th, 2007, kristin said:

    Hi thanks for the great tips im just about to start to put together the pirate ship.Im a bit worried but everyone seems to say it worked great.Im going to put the ship on broken up blue jelly for the water.hope it turns out great.

  21. 21 On December 7th, 2007, Jenna said:

    i can not leave this site…

  22. 22 On December 12th, 2007, Baby Shower Cakes - Picture gallery of baby shower cakes to suit any party's theme said:

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  23. 23 On December 14th, 2007, John said:

    Great site and useful content!

  24. 24 On March 7th, 2008, Lisa said:

    I made this cake for my daughters 5th birthday. It was cute, but I forgot to fasten the cakes together with straws or skewers and my boat separated. I was glad I took pictures of it before it fell apart! we went and ate lunch and came back to a ship that had been bombarded. At least that’s what I told my daughter! other than that, it looked pretty awesome.

  25. 25 On March 13th, 2008, B-Guide said:

    Thanks for creating this blog. I thought it was a very interesting read. It is so interesting reading other peoples personal take on a subject, I keep thinking of opening my own blog but it seems to be too demanding

  26. 26 On May 15th, 2008, gloria said:

    I made a cake sort of like that ,but I used fodant for thr decorative parts.I wish I knew how to put the picture on the computer.I have it in my picture gallery but I don’t know how to put it on a web page to show the cakes I’ve done.

  27. 27 On July 24th, 2008, Webdrops said:

    first look and i m in love with this cake… thanks for sharing the recipe… :)

  28. 28 On November 3rd, 2008, Teneil said:

    This is a great idea. I have my daughters 4th birthday in 4 days. I am using this shape the 4 halves but hope they don’t fall apart lol

    fantastic idea. I am using gum paste for the pirates and the marsts.

    I will be making gum paste sharks and placing the cake on a round plate with blue icing on the plate around the ship with the sharks on the “Water” can’t wait to show…ill put pictures up when finished. Thank you for the idea. Great job.


  29. 29 On November 11th, 2008, TheCookDuke said:

    Hi Teneil

    I’m sure your pirate ship cake is going to be a HUGE success!
    Looking forward to receive the picture of your pirate ship cake and present it on my site.

    Happy Cooking ?

  30. 30 On December 8th, 2008, Caroline said:

    Awesome idea! I just had my son’s party yesterday and he loved the cake. It looked great – I almost didn’t want to cut into it! haha Great directions & easy to put together. Thanks to other commenters – got a few more ideas from you.

  31. 31 On December 23rd, 2008, TheCookDuke said:

    Hi Caroline
    I’m so happy you loved the pirate ship cake idea.
    I can’t agree more with what you said about the importance of comments – it gives more creative ideas and as the author of this blog, it gives a great satisfaction to see that people took the time to comment.
    I promise to come up with a cake idea you’d love towards your son’s birthday next year :-)

  32. 32 On January 1st, 2009, julzz said:

    2 hard my luv…

  33. 33 On January 29th, 2009, Ingeliatele said: – great domain name for blog like this)))

  34. 34 On March 30th, 2009, Pirate Ship Cake said:

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site a recipe for a pirate ship cake. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

  35. 35 On August 9th, 2009, rosina said:

    Amazing cake. I can’t wait to do it for my 3 year old son!

  36. 36 On August 28th, 2009, Pirate Ship Cake by Caroline J | said:

    [...] Pirate Ship Cake recipe is online for almost 2 years now, and finally I got mail with pictures from someone who actually [...]

  37. 37 On September 7th, 2009, Nadine said:

    Hi, Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your

  38. 38 On September 9th, 2009, TheCookDuke said:

    Hi Nadine

    Thecookduke is my hobby, unfortunately I don’t get to update it as much as I’s like.
    I hope you had a great success with my pirate ship cake, if you are looking for something you can’t find on the site (you have a search box on the upper right corner) please send me your question to and I’ll try to assist.

    Happy Cooking :)

  39. 39 On October 7th, 2009, Karen said:

    Waw. Glad to hear so nice comments, going to try this pirate ship cake recipe now..

  40. 40 On October 13th, 2009, Kurt said:

    Thx u a lot! This pirate ship cake rocks!

  41. 41 On October 15th, 2009, Willi said:

    Loved the pirate ship cake recipe, will let you know how easy it is to follow

  42. 42 On October 15th, 2009, Alvardino said:

    Made this pirate ship cake for my son’d birthday and it was a great success.
    Where can i send the pictures to

  43. 43 On October 22nd, 2009, Beignighrhish said:

    I made this pirate ship cake to my son b-day and it was great!
    I’ll send you pictures of my pirate ship cake soon, thanks

  44. 44 On October 23rd, 2009, canadian said:

    Great work cookduke, nice pirate ship cake

  45. 45 On October 28th, 2009, Gina said:

    I was looking for a birthday cakes ideas and found this site.
    I’m going to try your pirate ship cake, hope it’s as easy as it looks

  46. 46 On October 28th, 2009, Ruslone said:

    This pirate ship cake recipe really helped me. Thx u a lot.

  47. 47 On October 29th, 2009, Knigkions said:

    Love the pirate ship cake idea, I will recommend to friends and acquaintances

  48. 48 On November 3rd, 2009, Christie said:

    Hi. I wanted to let you know that I used your pirate cake idea twice alrady and it was a huge hit. I put the link to a picture of it here. I did do some variations, but it was your idea and I loved it. Thanks! Christie from Baltimore

  49. 49 On November 5th, 2009, pirate ship cake said:

    I saw all comments here so I just had to give it a try and good thing I did. thie pirate ship cake recipe made my son’s party a success. 10x

  50. 50 On November 15th, 2009, TheCookDuke said:

    Hi Christie from Baltimore

    I’m so happy to see that you was inspired by my pirate ship cake idea.
    I had a problem following the link you sent, can you please send me the picture as a reply to this mail so I can post it in my site?

    Happy Cooking :)

  51. 51 On December 5th, 2009, yael said:

    i would like to know is the fondant pirate ship is the same recipe? just the decoration is different?
    can you send me some details how you did the chocolate is it fondant too?

  52. 52 On December 7th, 2009, TheCookDuke said:

    Hi Yael

    The pirate ship cake recipe is the same fore the fondant iced pirate ship cake, if you want to see how east it is to make fondant, please check my fondant recipe at

    Happy Cooking :)

  53. 53 On February 23rd, 2010, Chris said:

    The fondant pirate cake looks amazing! One of our customers wanted one of these and I love your idea for the ships sails. Very cool!

  54. 54 On February 26th, 2010, Chris said:

    Oh I love this as a pirate ship cake idea! Might use it!

  55. 55 On April 8th, 2010, Eric said:

    That pirate ship cake is fantastic. I would love to make that for a kids party, will send you pictures once my pirate ship cake is ready :)

  56. 56 On May 30th, 2010, pirate said:

    I have to make a pirate ship cake for a school project. And i found this one, but i was quite confused with the steps. it says “as shown” for step two but i can see no picture. How do i put the cake together so it looks right?

  57. 57 On June 28th, 2010, Bridget said:

    I love your pirate cake iced with the fondant icing. Was the cake draped with one piece of fondant, then the detailing (plank markings etc) added? How did you add the red trimming without it falling off the side of the cake? Many thanks!

  58. 58 On June 29th, 2010, Casey A. said:

    That cake is so wonderful and so delicious! My boy would love this for his birthday! Thanks a lot for posting the recipe and putting the picture! I’m really inspired by this.

  59. 59 On December 18th, 2010, LorencoTaf said:

    I need to contact site admin urgently. Can you understand me?
    Thank you

  60. 60 On February 25th, 2013, Sona said:

    Hi, I am planning to do a fondant cake for my little boy in march for his birthday. I am gaining confidence as a beginner from your recipes. He would love to have a mickey or a Donald cake but I have no idea on how to create the shapes and characters and get the right colors on it. Please guide.

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