On Saturday my lovely friend Emma invited a few of us round to her gaff for a little relaxed soiree... After a week of feeling lousy, it was just the tonic I needed. So... I decided to make a cake to take with me.
Now. Emma has a little boy called Sam. He's an excitable fellow, so I knew a plain old chocolate cake (as requested...) just wouldn't cut it. I decided to make a pirate ship! I've had the tin for a while, and knew just how to bring that bad boy to life (A-Level in Art & Design not wasted after-all... Mr Vance would be so... erm.. furious!)
Fancy making your own pirate ship? Of course you do! You will need the following:
- 1 ship-shaped tin. Mine is Nordic Ware.
- One batch of vanilla buttercream, dyed blue
- 1 pack of blue sugar paste, dyed blue
- Your choice of decorations, icings etc.
- A 14 inch square cake board
- Three wooden skewers
- 2 sheets of card
- Coloured paper
- A marker pen
So, first to the cake...
- 225g butter
- 450g golden caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 350g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 250ml toffee yogurt (I used Muller)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g of milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to gas 3/160 c
- Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. You'll see the mix get noticeably fluffier.
- In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- Pour the yoghurt and the extract into the creamed ingredients and mix well.
- Sift in the flour in two halves. Mix this slowly until all the flour has disappeared. Over-mixing at this stage will make a dense cake and may cause air channels. This can ruin the shape of a decorative bundt.
- Give a quick mix on a medium speed for about 10 seconds.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, ensuring even distribution.
- Pour the mix into a greased and floured tin. Push into any nooks and crannies!
- Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. It's stable from about an hour in if you want to check or turn it around.
- Leave the cake to cool fully before removing from the tin.
Now the Decorating...
- To make your sails cut out three different sized rectangles from your card.
- Draw something decorative on the front one, whether it be a skull and crossbones or otherwise...
- Pierce a hole at the top and bottom of each sail using the skewers, and push each piece of card so it curves slightly.
- Make the flags by cutting your desired flag shape with a mirror image out of the coloured paper. Cover it in glue then wrap it round the top of the skewers so it adheres to itself - see pic...
- Roll your sugar paste directly onto the cake board then trim the edges.
- Place the cooled cake on the covered board.
- Pipe detail onto the cake using royal icing or pre-made gel pens and stick on your desired fancy things e.g. stars at the end of 'blasting' cannons!
- Finally, using a star nozzle, pipe the sea round the bottom of the cake. My ship was having a particularly bumpy ride...
- I finished the sea off with edible blue fish!
- Finally, just before revealing, pop your masts into the cake for the full 'pieces of eight' experience!
- Tip: the best way to transport this cake is sans sails and in a cardboard cake box the same size as the cake board. Snugly does it. I got mine from a cake decorating shop.
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