ooooo aaarrrrr me hearties. Be careful with this pirate cake, you don't want to be walking the plank with it! A great idea for any pirate themed party for the kids - and easy to do too. Why not try it out?

For any pirate themed party, this pirate cake is going to go down a treat! It is another wonderful offering from the Bake with Stork bods :-D

Be careful not to walk to the end of the plank though, we’d hate to see it fall into the sea ;-) Pirates are a well loved theme for kids, both young and old, and this cake should give even the heartiest land lubber a bit of a pirate glint in their eyes. We are particularly keen on the idea that this cake is actually round so that even the less baking orientated mums *coughs* might be able to give it a go….

Ooooh aaaarrrr me hearties …. pirate cake for you to bake

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


    Chocolate Cake
  • 165g butter
  • 220ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 330g caster sugar
  • 260g plain flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 70g cocoa powder
  • Icing
  • 200g butter
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • Food colourings
  • greaseproof paper
  • piping bags
  • large cake board or serving plate.


  1. Mix the milk and lemon juice in a jug. Put aside.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift in the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder and fold in until well blended.
  5. Add the milk and stir until smooth.
  6. Place the mix in a 20cm (8 inch) greased and lined round cake tin. Bake on middle shelf of oven 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas 4 for about 70 minutes.
  7. Make the icing beating together the butter and icing sugar until soft and spreadable.
  8. Trim the domed top from the cake and coat the top and sides with the plain icing. Set to one side.
  9. Colour portions of the cake Icing in peachy pink, pink ,red, black and leave a little uncoloured. Place each colour in a disposable piping bag.
  10. Tape the template provided to a flat baking tray and tape a piece of baking paper over the top.
  11. Pipe on the details of the pirates face to the baking paper. Start with the spots in his bandana, the nose and the knot and tie in the bandana. Add the eye patch, the eye and the mouth.
  12. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up before continuing. Once set add the moustache and freeze again for a further 10 minutes. Finally fill in the remaining details with the coloured icing – the moustache, the red of the bandana and the pinky peach of the pirates face.
  13. Place into the freezer once more and leave for 1 hour. Once the whole design is frozen untape the baking paper from the baking sheet. Turn the sheet over and gently position it onto the top of the cake. Carefully peel away the paper from the back to reveal the design positioned on top of the cake.
  14. Any little gaps can be filled in with the remaining coloured icing and a little extra uncoloured icing can be added around the design to blend it to the cake. Serve.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes

We hope you will enjoying baking this Pirate Cake for all your little shipmates – do let us know how you get on with it. I have to admin, even I am a little taken with this one, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I am perfectly capable of burning shortbread; I might even give it a go myself. However, the last time I tried to bake a cake, nevermind a Pirate cake, it ended up in the bin and I had to make a mercy dash to Tesco’s to insure that my son didn’t have to eat rice crispie cake on his birthday!


I am pretty sure that you will have a lot better luck with your cakes than that!

If you are stuck for inspiration though, do check out my cooking with kids board on Pinterest – always some great ideas in there, both from us here at KiddyCharts and beyond.

Follow Helen Neale – KiddyCharts’s board Cooking with Kids: Recipes and Advice on Pinterest.

See you next time :-D

This recipe was kindly provided by Bake with Stork.