All ready to set sail for your little one’s nautical-themed birthday party? Oops, wait! There’s the slight matter of the sailor-themed cake you’ve vowed to make yourself. Worried that you may not get that cake ready in time…and in true seaworthy style? Well, we’re here to bail you out with this super-quick and easy decorating approach. In just 5 simple steps, you’ll have a delightful birthday cake for your sailor-celebrant to show off!
Materials you will need:
1 round cake (about an 18” inch diameter cake) covered in plain white fondant or frosted with white marshmallow or buttercream icing.
1 anchor shape, cut from blue or aqua craft board
2 yards red satin ribbon
2 yards blue satin ribbon
6 pcs. ‘nautical medallions’ made from kraft paper and colored construction paper or felt
Assorted candies (peppermint bonbons, M&Ms, jelly beans, sixlets, gumballs) in red, yellow, and blue or aqua
Hints: Aside from an anchor cutout, you could have one in the shape of a boat or a ship’s steering wheel. And instead of the medallions, you could buy pre-made nautical symbols from a craft or toy store.
Now to assemble and decorate the cake!
Step 1: Position the anchor cutout on top of the cake.
Step 2: Use the assorted candies like peppermint wheels to create colorful patterns on the top of the cake, fun details on the anchor, and a festive border around the cake’s base. Also, be sure to line the bottom edge with colorful candy coated chocolates.
Step 3: Cut a length each of the red ribbon and the blue ribbon. Wrap these around the bottom edge of the cake, creating a 2-toned band.
Step 4: Attach the ‘nautical medallions’ at even intervals on top of this ribbon band, using a dab of icing to hold each one in place. For this project, we applied 4 medallions around the cake
Step 5: Create a themed cake table to show off the finished cake! A tablecloth in red, white, and blue stripes sets a snappy look. Then, add a model of a sailing boat, a miniature treasure chest filled with gold-wrapped chocolate coins, and a backdrop of red and blue balloons. You can also add a bunting of ‘nautical flags.’
The birthday boy will be so excited to share such a party-perfect cake with his ‘mateys.’ But you’ll be even more thrilled at having pulled it off with no actual decorating skills needed! (We won’t tell if you won’t!)