Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bucky Pirate Ship Cake - Jake & the Neverland Pirates

Just in case you don't have young children and don't watch "Jake & the Neverland Pirates" (lucky ducks), "Bucky" is the name of the pirate ship that Jake, Izzy, Cubby and the parrot, Scully sail in. My kid's were having a Neverland Pirates themed party and I probably tried too hard to replicate some things on the pirate ship but not everything, choosing to opt out when it got too difficult. I really don't think the kids minded and didn't pick up on the minor details. They said I did a really 'cool' job so that's all that matters.

The 'real' Bucky
I made a square slab of chocolate cake and cut out the base of a ship on one side and the same again on the other but left out a space in the middle. The way my cake rose, it was a little higher in the back (the stern). The top parts of the cake were secured to the bottom part with wooden skewers. I didn't build the boarded back of the stern. I had bought chocolate stick biscuits to do this but had nothing to stick them too and they kept falling off. The sails were printed from here and I printed a picture of a real gold doubloon similar to this one here which I glued onto the bottom sail.

Each sail was glued to a bamboo skewer and kitchen twine tied from the top of the bottom sail to the top of the top sail and then another piece of twine tied from each side of the top bamboo skewer to the top of the mast.  I made a crow's nest out of pouring melted chocolate into a cupcake paper, allowing to set and then inserting the mast into it. The mast was a wooden chopstick. I also used one of the pirate flags I printed for jelly cups (in the top picture) which I also attached to the top of the mast. The flag and sail printables were from here.

The cake was iced in chocolate buttercream and I used a skewer to mark horizontal lines to resemble wooden boards.  I used a "Curly Wurly" candy bar to resemble the ballustrading at the bow and the stern, ensuring it stood vertically by inserting a toothpick either side of it and covering the toothpick with chocolate icing.  The yellow candy are 'fruit sticks' similar to the musk stick but yellow. I broke them into inch long pieces and piped yellow icing at the end of each join to resemble the pipework on the ship. The cannon on the front was one of those wafer sticks filled with chocolate and joined with a wooden skewer.

A blue anchor and piping around the port hole, which was a blue Smartie (similar to M&M's), was done in blue icing. I used bits of an orange 'fruit stick on the end of each bamboo skewer. (It was supposed to be yellow but my daughter ate the last yellow fruit stick because she didn't know I needed it.)

I had intended on placing the cake, plus a small round cake I made into an 'island' onto my plastic 'birthday cake platter' but it decided to break just as I started to make the cake. Instead they had to be on separate plates. I rushed to set the cakes up for the Happy Birthday song because one of the children was leaving early so I didn't even get a chance to remove the hard icing crumbs that were left once I removed the baking paper under the cake.

I think because of the blue and white striped sails and the yellow 'pipework' it did look pretty much like "Bucky" (well, the kids thought so). All in all, a fun cake to make and enjoyed by both adults and children.



  1. Awesome cake Anne.
    You rock!!!
    x Marnie

  2. You did a fantastic job, Anne. I bet the kids were thrilled.
    Clare@never graduated to 3D cake structures, so am in awe of your abilities.

  3. I think it looks spectacular. Kids don't look at cakes with the same eyes we do - they use their imagination. A pronouncement of 'cool' is the best review of all!

  4. "Things don't have to be perfect to be a blessing to others. " The fly lady

    But, really what is perfect, I think it was perfect for a childrens' party, as is. I would eat it!

  5. It all looks fabulous to me! You must be exhausted!!

  6. I think it looks fantastic! My 3 year old wants a Neverland Pirates party too... I might just copy this idea. Thanks.

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