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For Mouse's First Birthday we had a Pirate theme as we had some buried treasure to dig up.

We have some French friends who have a tradition that for their hens/stags party they would get all their friends over with a bottle of wine and bury it somewhere in a large box/coffin. It was to symbolise the death of their single lives. 

Then when their first child was born they would dig up the wine filled box and have a big party to celebrate the new life!

We did this when we had our house warming and what with being so tired from a new baby - (and it being the middle of winter) we decided to dig up our "treasure" a little later on his first birthday.

So for the pirate party,  a pirate ship cake it was.....

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I started with a large chocolate cake that I baked in a rectangle roasting tray.

This one from Annabel Langbein is awesome and very easy.

It does make a huge cake!

Then I cut it in half and then cut two squares shape for the front and back of the ship.
I then shaped the front 2 levels to make a pointy bowsprit.

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I then iced the whole cake with chocolate butter cream icing.

I used a recipe similar to this one.

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Then it was decorating time!!!


I used chocolate filled raspberry and black liquorice cut to make the cannons.


Then chocolate fingers for floor boards and bowsprit.


To make it more colourful I used M&Ms to edge the top and then  made the masts out of BBQ skewers.

The Sails were just plain A4 paper cut to shape with skull and cross bones on the back.

I would have used black paper but I ran out of time.

My Friend luckily had some Little People Pirates to add the finishing touch.


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Mouse did enjoy it ...
Not that you can really tell from this photo!

 


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Wow this is amazing! What an awesome cake!

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Lisa
11/20/2012 4:10pm

Thanks Alexis - It tasted great too which is always important! Yum Chocolate!!!

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