Pirate Ship Cake

READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 8-10


  • 2
    round cake, premade (9 or 10 inch)
  • 3 -4
    cups chocolate icing
  • Decorations
  • chocolate rolled wafer cookie (such as Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Cookies)
  • milk chocolate wafer cookie (sticks, Waffeletten cookies)
  • 3
    pieces of colored paper
  • 3
    wooden skewers (10 inch each)
  • malted milk balls
  • Rolo chocolates
  • root beer, barrels


  • Cut the cakes in half (like a half moon shape) and layer them, rounded sides all facing the same direction, adding a thin coat of chocolate icing between the layers.
  • Trim the bottom curves of the cakes slightly to help them sit flat, then turn the cakes upright.
  • Wrap the cakes in plastic and chill in the freezer to make them firmer.
  • Tip: Two drinking straws stuck through the four layers of cake will help keep them together.
  • Cover with the chocolate icing, then create planking lines along the hull with a butter knife. Chill at least one hour to firm the icing.
  • Use dabs of icing to anchor larger wafer stick gunwales along the edge of the deck.
  • Press the smaller wafer rolls into both sides of the ship for cannons.
  • Cut sails from the paper, then slip them onto the skewers and set the masts in place.
  • Add malted milk ball cannonballs, plenty of Rolo gold booty, and root beer barrels, then station a few pirates to keep watch.
  • For safety, place the candles in the cookie cannons on the sides of the ship, far from the paper sails.
  • Also, make sure that the surface on which the cake rests is impervious to wax, as the burning candles will drip.