Jake and The Neverland Pirates Cake

Jake and The Neverland Pirates Birthday Cake for toddler boys cake ideas from The Bewitchin' Kitchen

This year for my son’s second birthday I decided that I was going to make a Jake and The Neverland Pirates cake. I wanted something that wouldn’t leave me in a pile of cake with tears, but still wanted it to be eye appealing and something I could be proud of.


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Jake and The Neverland Pirates Birthday Cake for toddler boys cake

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The Jake and The Neverland Pirates cake above was the original cake I was inspired by. I was all fired up to do it and then I realized something, there was no way I was going to makeΒ  the map, the treasure chest and the face without tears. It just wasn’t going to happen. I learned last year while making a Vancouver Canucks cake that I don’t like cake decorating, so I decided to move on.

Then I came across this cake. Now this was something I could do! Easy decorating and it uses figurines. Perfect.

Two days before Carter’s birthday I got to work. For the bottom layer I used this vanilla cake recipe and doubled it. This cake recipe claims to be the ultimate recipe for cupcakes (over fifty bakers tested it out) and I agree. I used two vanilla beans and FOUR tablespoons of vanilla extract and it tasted delicious. It made a lot of cake, two 10″ pans for the bottom tier. For the top tier I used My Baking Addictions’s Black Magic cake recipe. Very moist, and very fudgey. I’m happy I used that as the top tier as the vanilla cake was heavier so I wouldn’t think the moist, Black Magic cake would hold up the weight if the tiers were reversed.

Once the cakes were completely cool, I wrapped them up with a few layers of saran wrap and stuck them in the fridge. The next day is when I started to decorate.

I made two and a half batches of my favorite buttercream recipe, but I left out the white chocolate. I added a little bit more powdered sugar to get to the consistency that I desired.

I did a crumb coat and then added a thick layer on top of that. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of fondant so I wanted to make sure there was lots of buttercream underneath.

I was having a lot of frustration with the fondant overlapping, so I stretched it the best I could and smoothed it out with a spoon (my fondant smoother wasn’t with me). I was planning on covering the bottom anyway. It wasn’t perfect but it worked.I then used a Wilton Sugar Sheet in the color red as the stripes. I made it stick with the buttercream. Note: I didn’t have time to make fondant, so I purchased two boxes of the Wilton kind.

While I was adding blue food coloring to the fondant for the top tier, I set the cake in the fridge. It was warm in the house and I wanted everything to set up nice.

I was able to make the “signs” look dirty by kneading it in cocoa powder after coloring it with brown food coloring. I used another Wilton Sugar Sheet (this time in black) to trim the second tier. The bottom trim was rolled black fondant.

I took some wooden skewers and cut out a few sails from plain white printer paper, those made the sails. I bought chocolate coins for the “gold doubloons” and used character figurines (you can purchase them here). Finally, I went around the edge of the brown “signs” with a brown food gel.

All in all it was pretty easy. However, I would like to thank Kristen from My 3 Little Kittens for all the advice she gave me.

Jake and The Neverland Pirates Birthday Cake for toddler boys cake ideas from The Bewitchin' Kitchen

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29 comments on “Jake and The Neverland Pirates Cake”

  1. That is totally cool! I absolutely love, so would my son whose 8. I think it’s neat you showed us anyone could do this, following your steps. WTG mama!

  2. You did a great job!! I love how you incorporated many different colours and layers. It is very appealing to the eye! Your son is a very lucky two year old!

  3. Wow! You did an amazing job. I’m sure your son just loved it. I don’t even know how to bake a cake let alone decorate one, so I’m at awe. Thanks for sharing and showing me that it is possible! Happy Birthday Carter πŸ™‚

  4. What a beautiful cake! Almost too pretty to eat. I love how this turned out. You should be very proud of this. Looks amazing.

  5. You did am amazing job on this! I have never been a fan of the taste of fondant but it really does do a beautiful look

    • I’m with you Kim, not a huge fan on the taste of fondant (but I love the look). I did a hefty layer of buttercream underneath to make up for it πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness…I’m in tears just thinking about how hard it would be to attempt that cake. Bravo Randa!! Super job!

  7. Omigosh! I am in awe of your cake decorating skills – mine always look like I’ve dropped the cake! lol

    Amazing skills!

  8. that turned out great!!

  9. Wow, you are a talented cake decorator! I do miss making fun cakes for my son now that he’s all grown up, but I can’t say they were ever that good!

  10. That is impressive as all hell. WOW.

  11. For someone who doesn’t like cake decorating, you’re pretty awesome at it. I bow to you. I would have just been sitting in the corner crying eating handfuls of that delicious vanilla bean and black magic cake.

    • Your comment is my favorite Mara! HAHA. I really thought I would have done that, but with a bottle of wine haha. But magically, the cake turned out!

  12. I’ve often wished I could make cakes like this, more so when the kids were young. But nobody really eats much cake in our house so I didn’t have the desire to make a cake (even a regular one) that 1/2 of it would end up in the garbage. I think you are so talented!! I’ll bet you could have done the first one you showed, but I think the one you made is perfect.
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  13. Wow, what an amazing cake – I bet he was delighted! Well done Randa and I liked Maras comment too, tee hee hee!

  14. Wow, you did an incredible job! I truly hate decorating cakes, the thought makes me cranky before I even get started, and it shows in the end results :-/ I’ve never worked with fondant, and take my hat off to you for giving it a go. What an awesome job, and I bet there was one happy little guy, too! Way to go!!

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  17. Wow, that’s impressive! I know how much work goes into decorating cakes, my sister-in-law does that for a living and it blows my mind watching her. My boys are in their 20’s now and boy do I miss those fun toddler birthday celebrations!

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