If you like the cake in the last entry, yup, that is the cake I made for Damir on his 5th Birthday (just because I made one for his brother-Clemens 2 years back), this is the entry that I will be sharing the little things I have gone through to make this for him. 🙂
As usual I am hooked on the Okashi (sweet treats made with love) by Keiko Ishida book hence I thought I will use her basic pound cake recipe. After which I was inspired by this Family Fun Birthday Cakes book that I found from the library.
And here is kind of how it all began.
A. Baking the Pound Cake
The below recipe is for a 1 9-inch round pound cake. However you will need 2 of these to build the ship.
- 150g Pastry Flour or Top Flour, sift twice
- 1/8tsp Baking Powder
- 150g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
- 150g Icing Sugar
- 1/8tsp Salt
- 3 Eggs, about 150g lightly beaten
- 1 Lemon, grated for zest (I used vanilla extract instead)
Method (With Step-By-Step Process)
- Preheat oven to 170°c and line the 18-cm round spring-form pan with baking paper.
- Cream butter to incorporate air. The butter should be room temperature and not half melted because when it is too soft, it will not combine with air.
- Whisk in sugar till light and fluffy.
- Add in the vanilla extract.
- Gradually add eggs and beat well. The eggs should be room temperature so that it combines easily.
- Sift in flour and baking powder.
- Fold in the flour quickly and take care not to over mix the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and bake it for 50 minutes.
- Cool the cake on a wire rack.
B. Assembling the Cake
There are no step-by-step photos in here as I was already in a rush and while frosting and assembling this cake, I started to imagine how terrible it is if I were ever an architect. Anyway I have provided snapshots pages from Family Fun Birthday Cakes book:
Now as shown from the snap shots from the library book, you will need:
- 2pcs 9-inch round pound cakes
- 3 cups of Chocolate Raspberry Ganache frosting
- Some chocolate wafer sticks.
- I guess the rest is really up to you imagination on how you want to decorate it.
- Cut the cakes into half and frost the tops of three of the halves.
- Stack the pieces as shown making sure the top and the bottom are frosting free.
- Trim the curve of the stack so it sits flat when turn on its side as shown.
- Cover the cake with chocolate frosting and create planking lines along the hull with a butter knife or fork.
- Fix the wafer sticks along the edges of the deck.
And there you will have the ship deck created. How you want to decorate is really up to your imagination.
I use Hershey’s Gold Nuggets as gold bar, some chocolate Golden Coins and Malteses Balls as canon balls.
As for the sail, pirates which are all on satay stick, this idea was inspired by WAHBIANG’s August Birthdays when I couldn’t find any toy pirates.
Here are photos of Damir enjoying himself together with his classmates:
And there it is how Damir celebrated his birthday in school.
Well if you are wondering what I made for Clemens when he was 5, here is a glimpse of it.
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