Okay, not the best ever pirate ship cake, but he was really happy with it.
I baked a 8x13 sheet cake plus two 6 inch square cakes. I then froze them so they would be fewer crumbs when cutting and shaping. I then cut out the ship from the larger sheet cake.
I used the pieces that I cut off and then cut from the other smaller cakes to form the bow and the stern of the ship.
I then added an additional layer on the back. Since the cakes were smaller in width I had to make this layer shorther across.
I used a toothpick to make lines in the icing to simulate wood planks that the ship is made out of. I melted semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave 1 minute and coated stick pretzels with it. Lay them on wax paper 3 across then top with an additional covered pretzel to make the top bar of the deck railing. I then went back and added a little chocolate where the rails meet the top bar. Freeze the covered pretzels about 10 minutes to harden. (The party started in 20 minutes at this point!)I bought a set of 5 candles that are on the top deck in the shape of a pirates and swords and other stuff, then we put 4 black and white striped candles on the side of the ship for cannons.
We used our lego people and the cannon and treasure chest from our Pirates of the Carribean ship. We also used the steering wheel. The cannon balls are malted milk balls.
We used the Keebler wafer cookie for the plank.
We copied a skull on paper for the sail and used wooden skewers as the masts.
Homemade cannon launcher
Cheap pirate costume and pirate party