December 12, 2013

My Pirate Found Treasure Island By Sailing On His Pirate ship

For my son's birthday, I made a Pirate ship and an Island. For the base of the pirate ship, I used the recipe from here and decorated the cake with buttercream icing and whipped frosting.

To decorate the Pirate ship I used 
bamboo skewers
paper for the sails
calligraphy pen
colour pencils to colour 
white and blue buttercream icing
chocolate whipped frosting

Using the calligraphy pen I wrote messages and made it look like sails and coloured it with colour pencil before putting it through bamboo skewers.
I made a chocolate cake Treasure Island to accommodate the Captain's wish for chocolate cake.
To decorate the Treasure Island I used
Pirate coins or doubloons
decorative pearl jewelry
small tin pie pan
small pieces of paper
chocolate whipped frosting
gold cake base

Roll up the small pieces of paper to look like treasure maps. Put the doubloons and jewelry inside a small tin pie pan and place this on top of the mount of chocolate cake that is decorated with chocolate whipped frosting. Placing the doubloons and jewelry inside the tin pan will be easy to remove when we are cutting the cake. 
For the cake base
12 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
2 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1 1/2 tsp vanilla 
3 large eggs at room temperature 
1 1/2 cup buttermilk well shaken

Cream the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy then add vanilla if using. Add eggs to this mixture one at a time beating well after each addition. Add the buttermilk until just combined. 
Mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a bowl, then sift it before mixing it into the butter sugar mixture in three additions until it is just incorporated. 
Spread the batter evenly into a 9" diameter round baking pan prepared with parchment paper coated with butter or cooking spray.
Bake at 350F for about 25 to 30 minutes until the cake tested with a skewer comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes then discard the parchment paper.
Cool completely for about an hour before frosting. To get the water effect I used the back of a spoon and for the strokes on the ship, I used a butter knife with serrated edges.
Everyone in my family enjoyed the Pirate ship and Treasure Island cake, which was lots of fun to make. Our Captain was glad he got his own edible Pirate ship and found the chocolaty Treasure Island.
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