For my youngest son’s 4th birthday, we decided to have a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party. As of April, 2012, toys and such for this theme were not easy to find. I used pictures of pirate ship cakes online as well as the picture of Bucky the Pirate ship to create my cake. I have a tutorial listed below.
We had the party indoors due to rain, and we had approximately 6 kids present for the party. It wasn’t hard to keep the kids entertained for 2 hours though!
Upon walking through the door, the kids were each given a bandana/headband in either red (Jake), pink (Izzy), blue (Cubby), and striped to match the ship sails. They were also presented with eye patches (found in Target party section). We also took long balloons and made them into balloon pirate swords (a lot safer than other options). The kids play acted with those for a while as well as watched Jake and the Neverland Pirates on TV while we completed getting the food ready.
After Eating the kids went on a scavenger hunt for their goody bags. They searched for :
Compass Rings (Dollar Tree)
Curvy straws (Dollar Tree)
Spy Glasses (Dollar Tree)
Jake Stickers (Walmart)
Goldablooms (Dollar Tree)
Hersheys Gold Nuggets/Rolos (Grocery Store)
We then played Pin the Treasure chest on the Treasure Map (Dollar Tree).
Crocodile meat: Skewered chicken tenders on the grill
Cheesy Goldablooms- white and yellow cheese in circles (apple corer created these the perfect size)
Fish and Chips- Gold Fish and pretzels
Fruit Fort- Layered fruits
And of course Bucky the Cake
Jake and the Neverland Pirate Plates/Cups/Tablecloth (Walmart)
Goldablooms – Gold coins (Dollar Tree)
Pirate Themed Happy Birthday sign- (Dollar Tree)
Pirates and Tropical Birds- (Toobs at AC Moore)
How to Make the Cake:
Step 1: I made 2 cake mixes so that I would have enough if I messed up or needed extra parts in specific shapes. Therefore I started with 4 9inch round layers of cake (picture only shows 2 of the 4 layers). I made them early in the day so they would have plenty of time to cool.
Step 2: Cut 1 cake into cuts as shown initially. I used a pastry mat to get accurate measurements as I made the cuts.
Step 3: I took the long piece in the middle of cake 1 and allowed it to be the base of the entire cake.
Step 4: I then cut cake 2 as shown:
Step 5: As I worked with the cake, I chose to cut curves off. I used a serrated bread knife to get the best cuts on all cuts I made.
Step 6: I then added one of the ends from Cake 2 to the end of the base. Then stacked the other end on top of it as shown.
Step 7: I took the middle piece of cake 2 and sliced it in half. Used one half of that to stack on the back of the base with the 1st 2 pieces. I used the other half as the front of the boat.
I then took the end pieces of cake 1 and shaped them into triangles, then stacked them at the front of the boat so that they were now the same height.
Step 8: The hardest part was trying to add the height to the back of the cake for the back of the ship. I played around with several ideas for height that would actually stay. I ended up using one more layer that was half the width of the stacked pieces on the back.
Step 9: I took the cake back apart and iced in between all layers to make things stick.
Step 10: I used skewers that I purchased for the crocodile meat to stick into the layers of cake to help them
stabilize as well. I clipped them to the height of the cake so that they were not sticking out above the cake at all.
Step 11: I used the additional sides of the cakes to help build the railing up on the sides. I
then cut a square out of one end of one piece to leave an area for a plank or entrance to the ship.
Step 12: I wanted more curved sidings to the boat so I shave off the curved sides of the cake that I had not
used or had cut off previously to add to the sidings of the boat. This also made it easier to ice over a smooth side.
Step 13: I cleaned off all the crumbs and pulled out the icing. Time to start covering it all up. I used
a Betty Crocker Chocolate icing. I think I might have had an easier time and more icing available
to me with a homemade consistency. Nonetheless, it took me 3 cans of icing to get it all right.
Step 14: I used square pretzels to create the railing above the cake pieces. The sails were created with white and blue striped material from the store and the skewer sticks. I glued a golddabloom with superglue to the front of the sail to match Bucky. A spyglass from the goody bag was used as the cannon. I used the remainder of any white icing I had and colored it blue and created an ocean around the boat. Daniel insisted that water shoots out of the cannon so I put some blue on the front of the cannon as well. I creatively placed pieces from the pirates tube and exotic birds tube on and around the cake as well.
Living in Black Mountain, NC, Crystal is a Full Time Mom to Ian Shirk (6yrs) and Daniel Shirk (4yrs), Full Time Wife to husband Conrad Shirk of 12 years, Full Time Certified Athletic Trainer through Southeastern Sports Medicine at Owen High School. She has her Bachelors Degree from UNC-Asheville, Masters in Athletic Training from West Virginia University. Starting when Ian turned 1, she remembered the joy and excitement of having a cool themed cake made by her mother when she was young. Crystal decided that she could be creative too and searches the web for the most inventive cake ideas for each theme she chooses for her boys each year. She says that she is not the best, and has no official training, but is having a blast attempting these cakes.