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Pirate Cake

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12
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Looking for a treasure of a cake to please your pirate? Cake mix, ready-to-spread frosting and candies make it super easy.
Updated Oct 10, 2022
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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottoms and sides of one 8-inch and one 9-inch round cake pan. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour into pans.
  • 2
    Bake as directed on box. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes or until firm.
  • 3
    Use serrated knife to cut 9-inch cake in half and cut hat as shown in diagram. (See link below for diagram.) Remaining half of 9-inch cake will form body of pirate. Cut 8-inch cake as directed in diagram. On tray, place cake pieces. Cut ears and nose from small pieces of cake; attach to cake with small amount of frosting.
  • 4
    In small bowl, stir 2 teaspoons chocolate frosting into 1 1/3 cups of the vanilla frosting. Frost cake with thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs; use the tinted frosting on the head, ears and nose, the chocolate frosting on the hat, and the white frosting on the shirt of the pirate. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
  • 5
    Frost entire cake, using the same frostings. Add mint patty for eye patch, marshmallow slice and gum ball for eye, and ring-shaped candy for earring. Cut fruit snack into shapes for shirt stripes, mouth and strap for eye patch; place on cake. Cut licorice to fit hat. Add gum for teeth and chocolate decors for whiskers. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    *For all chocolate and devil's food cake mixes, use only 1 cup of the water.
  • tip 2
    Make a display board for serving your pirate by covering a sturdy piece of cardboard with colorful wrapping paper, foil or cooking parchment paper.
  • tip 3
    Follow our Pirate Party Guide for table setting ideas, inexpensive treats and a complete foolproof menu.


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