I used to order cakes for my kids' birthdays from the Wal-Mart bakery, until it hit me that I was paying $20-30 for what I could probably make with $5-10, and you know me... the pennies have to be pinched, whether they like it or not, so mama got creative.
The first step is always searching the internet for inspiration. I found a few great pirate cakes online, including a treasure chest, a jolly roger, and an awesome pirate ship, but none that felt quite right... (meaning I didn't have supplies on hand that I could adapt to my purpose.) Finally, inspiration hit, and I decided on a "desserted island" theme. (Yes, I know deserted is spelled with one s... I meant to pun, deal with it.)
So I gathered my supplies, including yellow cake mix (because you know I don't really bake), a cardboard cake board left over from the 50 Sucks cake, a skeleton from my Haunted Dollhouse, a scrap of fabric from the Pirate Pennant, and other sundry items.
While that was cooling, I prepared the cake board as follows:
|I mixed together white and blue acrylic paint, using an egg carton as my|
palette. The goal is to simulate water.
|Painting it on in a circular pattern, I simulated waves lapping up against the|
island. I thought about putting saran wrap over top, but decided it wasn't
necessary. Acrylic paint is non-toxic and water proof, so it wasn't going to
hurt the cake.
|Ta-da! Yes, it's a flower cake... but I had a plan to make it look more like a|
I made the sand out of graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. I couldn't find any graham cracker crumbs in the store, so I just took my mini chopper and chopped them up. See:
|The chunky graham cracker crumbs gave my sand some texture and the|
brown sugar added sparkle.
|I just spooned it on the top and around the edges to make my sand.|
|This pirate may not have a ship, but by golly, he's got his treasure.|
|The rocks are toffee-covered peanuts. Chocolate peanut clusters would have|
worked as well, but I didn't have time to get any.
Even though I didn't get to do all the things I had hoped to accomplish, my kid enjoyed the party, and that is the most important thing.