The title of this post was almost “Avast ye A pirate ship” that’s pirate for Holy Crap its a Pirate Ship
I’m one of those people who sits in complete rapture watching those food competition shows. I love them. Cupcake wars, Hell’s kitchen, those cake challenges, Master chef….the list goes on. Do I want to be on one of those shows…nahh… not really. I’m happy just to sit on my couch in my fuzzy socks and some snacks and experience a full range of emotions and suspense as the contestants run, sweat, cry, curse and laugh. So in some weird way I guess I live vicariously through them, but without all the pressure and yelling.
Occasionally I do get the urge to challenge myself, after all it’s how you grow. And since I’m not planning on doing anything extreme like skydiving or running with the bulls in Spain I tend to keep my challenges in the kitchen (for now anyway). So when my Bff ( a.k.a sister from another mister) told be her and the family were coming to town to celebrate my god-daughter 3rd birthday with her family here, I knew I wanted to help in some kind of way.
After much consideration from a very awesome two going on three-year old the theme was decided to be Jake and The Neverland Pirates. And the cake…..yep…you probably guessed it….. A PIRATE SHIP. The initial request was if I knew anybody that could make this happen and while I sat back to contemplate if I in fact did a thought popped in my head. That thought was “Why don’t I do it?”.
I have never taken on a project like this but I was excited about it and once I decided I was going to do it I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The good part was that I had plenty of advance notice so I was able to research like a mad woman. In true obsessive Virgo fashion I took to the internet and read countless tutorials and watched countless YouTube videos.
So full disclosure time: I had and still have never seen an episode of Jake and The Neverland Pirates. I guess that not to bad considering I don’t have any kids, but I googled the crap out of pictures of the ship and the characters so I feel like have seen the show many many times. Full disclosure number two: I suck at sketching and drawing. So although I had a vision in my mind of how I wanted it to look I really couldn’t transfer it to paper. So I guess in a way I sort of Free Styled it.
After all the research, planning and gathering of supplies it was finally time to dive in. A big help was this really cool cake pan. I really didn’t want to take a chance at carving the shape so this pan was my saving grace. It gave me the shape and structure I needed. Then it was just a matter of covering it and getting the details right. If you follow me on Instagram I’m pretty sure you got sick of me posting just about every step, but I just couldn’t help myself. Every step fascinated and amazed me. The more details I was adding the more it began to come to life.
It was hard, it was tedious and time-consuming but I was more than happy with the finished product. The Birthday Girl was happy and the family and partygoers loved it. It was a challenge that I’m happy to have taken on. I’m extremely proud of myself and I’m thinking this was a good life lesson about taking on more challenges and conquering them.
I guess all this seems pretty deep to just be talking about a cake shaped like a Pirate ship, but I’m sure many food bloggers will tell you that some of our best personal revelations come in the kitchen.
(All these pictures were taken with my phone, so they are not super pristine)