I’m still recovering from one of the best weekends I’ve had in a very long time! My friend Nick held a mini festival at his house for his birthday. I lived with Nick and our friend Rory for a while when I moved back to Portsmouth and they were usually the victims of my latest batch of cakes or sausage rolls. I don’t get to see much of them these days but when we meet up it’s always guaranteed good times. Whilst I lived with them, Nick worked at a boat yard, and a few of my friends went in with him and bought a run down yacht which they fixed up over the winter – engine parts, grease and bits of wood all over the front room – and our good friend Frenchie (maker of names for things) named “The Funky Floater”.
Nick wanted a phallic shaped cake for some reason but I wasn’t really prepared to use my baking skills for such a venture, so I decided a pirate cake would be a bit more wholesome and looked on t’interweb for ideas. I found this pirate ship cake and used that tutorial, but made 4 cakes so I had 8 layers. I used the eggless chocolate custard recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book and mini rolls for canons as I couldn’t get the waffle rolls.
This was my first proper birthday cake and I think it turned out ok. It sustained a bit of damage on the 5 hour journey and the back fell off! Luckily it was still well received – very glad I took photos before I left.