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A-vast! (birthday cake, that is)

November 19, 2010

One of the delights of raising children is that it gives you the chance to indulge in blameless childishness yourself. Our younger son turned five a couple of days ago, which was an excuse to follow his lead and indulge in all things piratical, culminating in a pirate ship birthday cake. (We’re not talking Somalian pirates here, just to be clear.) How lucky I am to have a little boy who still believes in fairies and pirates and Superman, who wants to be a pirate captain when he grows up! This stage of childhood, when all things are possible, is very precious.

His pirate obsession has lasted two years, so almost half his life. When it came to making the cake, therefore, it meant that I could recycle the theme of his third birthday. Out with the trusty pirate ship cake pan (made by Nordic Ware, a US company) and the ‘sails’ which I made out of cardboard, plant stakes and sticky tape. Our galleon has chocolate fingers for canons, Maltesers for canon balls and great piles of jelly diamonds and dolly mixtures for the treasure lying heaped up on deck.

By the time the cake actually makes it appearance at the end of birthday tea, few of the scurvy crew have any room left in their little tummies to fit in anything other than the odd jewel or canonball. That’s hardly the point though. You can’t have a birthday party without cake, and you can’t be a pirate without a pirate ship. Avast, belay, yo-ho, heave to, a pirate’s life for me!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2010 2:45 pm

    Haha, sickeningly good this cake! I hope you all survived the sugar -kick. We did so too last week with Miss M turning 8. I’m still baking chocolate covered cake with smarties, and wonder when this era will end. Not too soon I hope 😉

  2. Margaret Lambert permalink
    November 19, 2010 3:07 pm

    I am now completely convinced that home baked and decorated cakes have far more charm than bakery confections which are now typical at American childrens’ birthday parties. And you know what ingredients went into yours…

  3. Vivian permalink
    November 19, 2010 8:50 pm

    What a wonderful cake! Great job!

  4. Wendy permalink
    November 19, 2010 9:34 pm

    It’s gorgeous – lucky boy! You’re right though – it is a precious time in childhood when all things are possible. Hang onto it as long as you can.

  5. Jessica permalink
    November 20, 2010 12:04 am


  6. dancingbeastie permalink
    November 22, 2010 11:01 am

    Thank you all for your generous comments…I think home-made birthday cakes, however wobbly, beat bought ones almost every time. They are fun to make, even more fun to decorate and as Margaret says, you know exactly what’s gone into them. Having said that, my boys think that a fancy bought one covered in E-numbers is hugely glamorous – probably because they hardly ever get them 😉 .


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