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Pirate Ship Cake Recipe

Pirate Ship Cake

Everyone will be screaming "Shiver me timbers!" when they see this swashbuckling cake.


  • 2 baked 9" or 10" round cakes
  • 3 to 4 cups chocolate icing


  • Chocolate wafer sticks (such as Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies)
  • Milk chocolate wafer rolls (Waffeletten cookies)
  • Several pieces of white or off-white paper
  • 3 10" wooden skewers
  • Malted milk balls
  • Rolo candies
  • Root beer barrels
  • Plastic pirate figures (we used Playmobil), washed thoroughly


Pirate Ship Cake

1. 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.

Pirate Ship Cake

2. 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.)

3. 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.

4. Use dabs of icing to anchor wafer stick gunwales along the edge of the deck.

5. Press the wafer rolls into both sides of the ship for cannons.

6. Cut sails from the paper, then slip them onto the skewers and set the masts in place.

7. Add malted milk ball cannonballs, plenty of Rolo gold booty, and root beer barrels, then station a few pirates to keep watch.

8. For safety, place the candles in the cookie cannons, far from the paper sails. Also, make sure that the surface on which the cake rests is impervious to wax, as the burning candles will drip.