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.
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.
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!
- vanilla frosting
- food coloring
- vanilla wafers
- chocolate coins
- red licorice laces
- red, green, purple, and orange spice drops
- tubed chocolate decorator frosting
- licorice pastels (Good and Plenty)
- chocolate-covered graham cracker
- red decorating sugar
- pretzel stick
- chocolate nuggets
- sugar pearls
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.
- 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.)
- 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.