Well every year this time I get out my baking hat…not I do not have a baking hat, but I might look into it, anyway I get out my baking hat to make my dear ‘nephew’ Grant Andrew his birthday cake. Not for sure how this got started, but I know my friend Mary now knows the ropes…have Grant call me and ask me for the cake. This year when he called me and said he wanted a pirate cake my mind went back to the pirate cake we saw in the case at Hy-Vee last year and thought oh no, he isn’t serious…but oh yes he was. Grant was wanting a pirate SHIP cake, 3-D. Now for those of you who have followed the blog you know I have made a 3-D cake before, it was no surprise for Grant and it was about the death of me [see Handy Manny cake] so I took to my new inspiration Pinterest and found a lot of pirate ship cakes that even I could recreate without major pain.
Here is how it went down…
I started by baking off two 9x13 chocolate cakes. I put waxed paper in the bottom so they came out easy and let them cool thoroughly. If I had my choice I would have made them the day before and let the set overnight but I didn’t have that luxury.
I wrapped a cutting board in aluminum foil and placed one cake face down in the middle of the board, the other cake I had on a cutting board nearby so I could cut tiers out of them for the front and back of the ship. Using some of the canned frosting I made small layers of frosting to keep the cake together and cut slivers for the front and back of the ship.
After stacking I started carving using a serrated knife. Then starting with the tops of the front and back and the inside or hull of the ship frost using the canned frosting in a finished layer.
Once the tops and hull were frosted I unwrapped all the fun sized Twix bars so they were easy to access and put on the sides of the cake. Frost in a thin layer one side at a time and add the Twix bars up the side, cutting in the ends when needed. I then frosted the front and back smooth.
On top of the cake I used pretzel rods and made a rail around the perimeter of the ship. Then I created a treasure chest by cutting approximately quarter inch off the Rice Krispy Treat and Ho-Ho. I frosted the entire Rice Krispy treat and the cut end of the Ho-Ho and wrapped a piece of the pull and peel Twizzler around the Ho-Ho and secured with frosting and placed them in the hull of the ship. I used the gold M&M’s and sprinkled them around the treasure chest to show the gold spilling out.
Using the fudge strip cookies and a pretzel rod I created a cannon (yes I realize that my cannon is shooting back over the ship) and stacked gob stoppers up as cannon balls. I then took additional pretzel rods and reduced one down and adhered it with frosting and then wrapped them with a Twizzler piece and secure again with some frosting.
I'll make the same statement I made last year...cupcakes from here on out, but we'll see what kind of pushover I will be come next year.
|Happy 4th Birthday Captain Grant Andrew!|