Pirate Hat Cake and a Treasure Map


Pirate Hat Cake

Ahoy Pirate Parents!!

Ask any birthday buccaneer if he wants a piece of this swashbuckling cake, and you’ll get a resounding, “Aye, matey!” Surround it with chocolate coins for an even more treasured treats.

  • 2 (8-inch) round chocolate cakes
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans chocolate fudge frosting
  • White decorator’s frosting.

Use a long serrated knife to trim the tops of the cakes to flatten them, if needed. Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting over the trimmed side of one cake, then lay the other cake on top, trimmed side down.
Pirate Hat Cake - Step 1
Next, cut one side from the stack, as shown. Cut this piece in half and assemble the hat. Spoon 1/4 cup of the chocolate frosting into a resealable sandwich bag, set it aside, and use the rest of the frosting to cover the cake.
Pirate Hat Cake - Step 2
With white decorators’ frosting, add a skull and crossbones, and hat trim. Snip a corner from the bag of chocolate frosting and pipe on the skull features. Serves 12.
For a great Pirate Party – Add This – – –
Pirate Cupcakes Treasure Map

For the perfect Pirate Birthday Party – add this fun treat!
  • cupcakes
  • vanilla frosting
  • food coloring
  • vanilla wafers
  • chocolate coins
  • red licorice laces
  • red, green, purple, and orange spice drops
  • M&Ms
  • tubed chocolate decorator frosting
  • licorice pastels (Good and Plenty)
  • chocolate-covered graham cracker
  • red decorating sugar
  • pretzel stick
  • chocolate nuggets
  • sugar pearls
  1. For the map base and compass: You’ll need a 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting. Spoon ¼ cup into a ziplock bag. Tint ¼ cup with yellow food coloring and place it in a ziplock bag, then tint 3 tablespoons aqua by mixing blue and green coloring. Reserve the rest. (You’ll use the bagged frosting for decorative elements; snip a tiny corner from each bag before using.)
  2. Place 2 cups ground vanilla wafers in a large bowl. Frost 11 cupcakes with the reserved frosting and gently dip them in the crumbs to coat them. Frost another cupcake aqua. Arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter, then garnish with the extra crumbs and chocolate coins, if you like.
  • Snip red licorice laces into ¾-inch pieces for the dotted map line. On a sugared surface, gently roll out 1 green and 5 red spice drops until fl at. Trim 4 of the red pieces into triangles for the map’s X and the remaining red piece into a 1-inch square for the compass center. Snip the green spice-drop piece into a 1-inch square.
  • Press all the candy pieces into place on the cupcakes, adding 1 brown and 1 red M&M to the dotted path and the X as shown below. Use tubed chocolate decorator frosting to pipe compass markings on the aqua cupcake.
  • For the Bones: On a sheet of waxed paper, pipe vanilla frosting dots on the ends of licorice pastels (we used Good and Plenty) and let the dots harden slightly.
  • For the Volcano: Use a serrated knife to trim one end of a chocolate-covered graham cracker into a volcano peak. Pipe on yellow frosting lava lines and sprinkle with red decorating sugar.
  • For the Pirate flag: Use the knife to trim a zigzag edge on one end of a chocolate-covered graham cracker and pipe on a vanilla and chocolate frosting skull. Attach a pretzel stick pole with frosting.
  • For the Treasure chest: Pipe yellow frosting onto the flat side of a chocolate nugget. Sprinkle it with sugar pearls, then press on another chocolate nugget.
  • For the parrot: On a sugared surface, gently roll out a red spice drop until flat. Trim it into wings and a tail. Snip a small piece of an orange spice drop for the beak. Press the pieces onto a whole green spice drop as shown. Dot on two chocolate frosting eyes, then insert a pretzel stick perch.
  • For the palm tree: On a sugared surface, roll out 2 green spice drops until flat. Snip them into leaf shapes and press them onto a pretzel stick.
  • For the shovel: Roll out a purple spice drop. Snip it into a scoop shape and press it onto a pretzel stick. Attach a pretzel stick handle with frosting.
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