I was asked to do a Pirate-themed birthday cake....a pirate ship if I could swing it. So...I went off to iParty to see what type of pirate-y things they had (Yes, I think I made up a word there, lol). I found a package of pirate things (skeletons, cannons, treasure box, barrells, etc..) and also some individual pirates. So I bought an assortment and headed home.
I ended up using the small oval Wilton pans for the ship, since it did not need to feed a lot of people. I baked, cooled and stacked the cake, then cut/carved them into a ship shape. Buttercream was requested (rather than fondant), so I did an interpretation of the basket weave method of piping. I then placed the pirate items around the ship. Since pirate ships don't reside on land, I colored some piping get blue and spread it around the cake to resemble water. I put some skeletons in the water, as well as a rowboat with the treasure in it!
The recipient LOVED the cake!!!! Here are some pictures of the finished cake: