Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cake

Recently, I was asked by a coworker to make his 5 year-old son’s birthday cake, with the request that it be pirate themed, and, if possible, based on the Disney show Jake and the Neverland Pirates (think Peter Pan meets Pirates of the Caribbean).

Another request was that there be no chocolate, since his son, Wyatt, doesn’t like it.  

What was great about making this cake was the discovery of a site called ArtFire, which is an online marketplace for unusual arts and crafts. Because I didn’t want to make something that vaguely resembled Jake (kids always know when it’s not the real thing), I wanted to find a Jake cake topper. Strangely enough, not a lot exist that aren’t flat cake sheets, except on ArtFire.

Adianez Hernandez, a cake artist, was nice enough to make me a Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake topper (you have to be a member to order something through ArtFire, but it’s free and they don’t spam you). She makes all kinds of cake toppers, so if you need one from a specific show or theme, she can probably do them.

After receiving the super-light foam topper through rush order, on to the cake! The base layer (14″) is a plain yellow cake (recipe can be found here on Wedding Cakes for You) and the island is a 5″ and 4″ stacked yellow cake. The octopus and border animals are gum paste and hand-painted, and the border skulls are hard candies. The pirate ship candles and treasure chest under the octopus are candles you can find here. The octopus and candles are anchored with toothpicks.

The blue shell base border and waves are blue buttercream, which is also under the dark blue fondant. The island “sand” is crushed graham crackers and sparkly sanding sugar. The green “trees” of the island were made using decorating icing tinted green and a star piping tip.

I had so much fun making this cake, since it was the first one I’ve made for a kid, and  could just let loose and make things super-colorful and decorative. Happy birthday, Wyatt!

 

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15 thoughts on “Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cake

  1. I love this cake.I am planning my twins boys bday party and there theme is Jake and The Neverland Pirates.I have all there decorations but I am in need of there cake.Please tell me everything I need to get my twins a cake like this.There bday is Thanksgiving but there party isn’t until November 24

    • Hi there-so happy you like the cake :) A lot of the links to the decorations are included in the post, but if there’s anything specifically you’d like to know more about, I’ll be happy to help.

  2. Can you tell me where you get the candels and the top of the cake. It there someplace I can order it. My friend said she would make the cake and now I just have to fine the stuff to go with it. I would appreicate any help you can give me. This is just amazing and the smile on the little boys face was all worth your hard work.

    Thank you! gthompson@elon.edu

    • Hi Gloria-thank you for your wonderful compliments :) I sent you an email and hope this answers all of your questions; just let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with! -Meris

  3. This is incrediable and I love it. Where are you at I need on of these for my 3 year old grandson next month. You are amazing. who could I get to make me one?

  4. I AM WRITING FROM TURKEY.FİRST OF ALL I AM SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH.YOU ARE REALLY INCREDIBLE.I WAS LOOKING FOR JAKE AND PRATES CAKE AND I FOUND YOUR BLOG.I LOVE IT.WONDERFULL.I WANT TO MAKE THIS CAKE FOR MY SON.I WILL TRY TO MAKE ALL OF THEM.(INCLUDES MAQUETTE ,CANDLES EVERYTHING BECAUSE THERE IS NOT HERE)I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.IS THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE , CAKE OR MAQUETTE ? (THERE İS GREEN CREAM ON IT.)AND HOW THE MAQUETTE STANDING ON IT?DID YOU GLUE HONEY OR SOMENTHING ELSE? HOW DID YOU MAKE THE SANDS ?PLEASE CAN YOU GIVE ME ANSWER.I WILL WAITING YOUR ANSWER AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    • Hi ilcim-First, thank you for the gracious comments and I’m glad you like it! :) The bottom tree part is cake covered with green ‘cream’ and the ‘maquette’ is standing on it because the cream sticks to it, meaning it won’t fall off. The sand is colored sprinkles that I bought mixed in with some crushed graham crackers. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions! -Meris

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