How to Make a Pirate Cake

Having a pirate party? Celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19? Ahoy there matey, this pirate cake will be an instant hit with any budding swashbuckler. This article assumes that you already have the cake (Madeira sponge); you can either make one or purchase one.


  • Madeira sponge cake
  • Chocolate sticks
  • Chocolate coins
  • Mint imperials (round mints)
  • Sugared miniature gems
  • Yellow cocktail sugar or yellow sherbet


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    Add the butter cream. Cover the whole of the Madeira cake in butter cream using a palette knife. This will help the chocolate sticks stick to the cake.
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    Add the chocolate sticks.
    • Stick chocolate sticks to the long side of the cake.
    • Alternate them from side to side, as shown in this image.
    • Fill the gaps by cutting more chocolate sticks to length. Repeat on the other side.
    • Fill the ends with more sticks cut down to size.
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    Make "sand". Spread a rough layer of butter cream on the cake board around the chest.
    • Use a spoon to sprinkle the yellow sugar over the butter cream.
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    Place the treasure on top.
    • Cover the top of the cake with chocolate coins, and place a few around the sides of the chest to make it look like the treasure's overflowing.
    • Use mint imperials and mini gems to make necklaces and jewels.
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    Place the characters amidst the treasure. Complete the scene by positioning a few pirate characters and toys around the chest.
    • If wished, put a few bits of toy treasure in the cake. Just be sure to take anything inedible off the cake before you serve it, especially if this is for very young children.


  • If you cannot find some of the candies/sweets/lollies mentioned above, substitute with ones that you have in your region, using your imagination to find suitable shapes.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean workspace
  • Palette knife
  • Clean pirate figures
  • Serving platter/cake stand

Sources and Citations

  • VideoJug. A video of making a pirate cake; original source of article. Shared with permission and appreciation.
  • Original creator of cake: expert Sugarcrafter Jan Clement-May and sugarcraft school, Squires Kitchen.

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