How to Make a Boat Cake

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

William D Evans

William D Evans

This 3D cake adventure involves modeling chocolatepiped chocolate, malt balls, buttercream frosting, dowel infrastructure, carved cake construction, and Pepperidge Farm® - Pirouette® Rolled Wafers.

This boat wedding cake was designed for a couple that met at the 2009 San Diego Singles Conference on a boat called the William D. Evans. My challenge was to simplify the boat’s detail down to a manageable level. Follow this link to read my tutorial on how to make a ship cake, to see my rendering a air craft carrier.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

base tier

This boat cake fed over 100 people and consisted of four components with two large base tiers that blended together as one.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

2nd tier

I used wooden dowels as infrastructure. For more on that topic, follow this link to read my tutorial on how to use wooden dowels in stacked cakes.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I wrapped all the exposed sides in ivory modeling chocolate.

 How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

To make the windows, I marbled dark brown, light brown, and white modeling chocolate (technique is described in my book).

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

Then I rolled them out into 1/8” thick sheets.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

Using the two square cutters, I cut windows for the sides of the boat. I used smaller square cutters to then cut out the windows’ centers

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I kneaded the scraps of modeling chocolate left over from the windows together and rolled them into a bunch of long ropes, which served as banisters for the three levels of the boat.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies I melted dark and white chocolate, marbled them, and poured that into pencil molds. See my tutorial on chocolate molding for more on that topic.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

Once the chocolate pencils were hard, I popped them out of the molds and trimmed off the pointy tips.

Then I fit them like columns on the front, sides, and back of the cake, trimming them to the size of the spaces left by the banisters.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

Then I added rungs to the banisters by piping vertical lines of melted white chocolate all the way around. See my video for how to make parchment paper cones for more on this method.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I added red white and blue modeling chocolate flags to the banisters on the cake and secured them with melted white chocolate. I also painted the inside of the windows with a little cocoa powder accent. I also piped a dripping white chocolate effect around the base of each level.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I decorated the top tiers of the cake in the same manner but use mostly melted dark chocolate for the dripping and piping effects.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I added Pepperidge Farm® - Pirouette® Rolled Wafers in a few places since the boat has some tall light structures that look like giant mastheads. I also added some malt balls to make the boat look more delectable.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I rolled out some modeling chocolate and wrote the name of the boat in white chocolate then allowed that to dry and applied it to the back of the cake. Follow this link to read my tutorial on cake writing for more info on this method.

How to Make a Boat Cake by Wicked Goodies

I used a small offset spatula to blend white and blue modeling chocolate around the base of the cake to look like water. That gave the boat some movement and finished it off. I hope you like my boat cake!

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