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How to make a pirate cake

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♫ [howdini - get yourself a guru] Hi. I'm Laurie Gelman for howdini.com. Welcome to a pirate party. We're going to have a scavenger hunt to search for buried treasure. And no matter what the ages, everyone can help loot the pinata treasure chest and collect as many gold coins as their little hands can carry. At the center of it all--a pirate cake, of course. Any landlubber or mom can make this cake with a little help from our friend Liv Hansen for Betty Crocker Kitchens. Let's go see how she does it. Hey, Liv. How are you? [Liv Hansen] Hi Laurie. [Laurie] Good to see you. [Liv] you too. [Laurie] Arrrrrrre we going to make a pirate cake today? [Liv] Yes, we are, matey. [Laurie] Good girl! All right. [Liv] Well, I'll tell you what we need. [Laurie] All right. [Liv] We need a 9-inch cake, an 8-inch cake, two containers of vanilla frosting, one container of chocolate frosting, some assorted candies, and my own template for the hat. I'm just going to place it down on the cake. [Tip: Go to BakeLifeSweeter.com and print out a template for this cake.] [Liv] And cut around it. So we're going to place that down there. The hat--and this is going to be the body. You can put a little jaunty angle there. [Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker Kitchens] Then I'm going to take this cake, and I'm just going to slice a little portion off. There you go. And this is going to be the head. [Laurie] And it goes--I see. It goes underneath the hat. [Liv] Yeah. Right there. Okay? Now I'm going to cut the nose out of this piece. Just put that in the center there. So now we're just going to cut little portions off and place it over here. There's one ear. I have the other one ready, and just place it on there. [Laurie] He's got big ears there, Liv--I like it. [Liv] Would you mind taking this away? [Laurie] Sure. Can I eat some of it? [Liv] Sure. We're going to mix up some frosting now. [Laurie] Okay. [Liv] You just need one tub of vanilla. That will be for his body. A little bit of chocolate for his hat. And then we're going to mix a little flesh tone. To do that I'm going to take a bowl, and I'll show you how. [Laurie] You don't need food coloring? [Liv] We don't need food coloring. We're actually going to use just a little bit of chocolate frosting to tint it. Just a little bit--maybe like two teaspoons. But, you know, the darker flesh tone you want, just add more chocolate. [Laurie] Okay. So I just want to see if there's a nice contrast against the white, and that looks pretty good. Okay, now we're going to do a crumb coat. You're going to crumb-coat it with the color that the final coat is going to be. [A crumb coat is just a thin layer of frosting to help hide crumbs.] [Liv] So I'll start with the bottom here. [Laurie] You don't have to be neat, but I guess you have to be thorough. [Liv] You do. You want to get the entire cake covered. If there's a little bit, those crumbs could possibly show through in your final coat. Once you have it all covered, for best results I recommend freezing it for a little while, maybe half an hour, and that will firm up the icing. [Laurie] If you don't have room in your freezer? [Liv] You can just chill it in the refrigerator also. [Laurie] Okay. [Liv] I actually have one in the freezer. Let me go get it. [Laurie] Okay. [Liv] So now this one's ready to go, and I'm going to put the final coat of frosting on. I'm going to start with the chocolate. [Laurie] Oh yeah, layer it on there, baby. [Liv] Yeah, nice and thick for all those chocolate lovers. [Laurie] Is there such a thing as too much frosting? [Liv] I would go maybe, tops, half an inch thick. [Laurie] Okay. [Liv] I'm just going around the sides and trying to make them smooth. And then I'm going to do the top, and basically, a little lip of frosting forms, and then I can just scrape it off. [Laurie] Oh, it makes it nice and smooth. [Liv] Yeah. [Laurie] You're using a special tool for that? [Liv] This is an offset spatula. So when you're frosting a cake, it's a good idea to have a bowl of hot water handy. That way you can clean off your spatula. Just make sure you dry it off afterwards. And then this heat will give you a nice, smooth finish. [Laurie] Oh, that's how you do it. [Liv] So now we're going to start decorating. [Laurie] Great! [Liv] And here we have a nice assortment of candy. I think maybe we'll start with the little band that goes across his hat. And for that we're using licorice. [Laurie] Oh, fun. [Liv] And basically you just place it down, and then once it's down you have a little leftover on the edge. Just take your scissor and cut it off. Okay, so next maybe we'll do his eye patch. So I'm going to take another piece of licorice. This one's red. And I'm just going to drape it across and over, and again, I'm going to just trim a little bit off, and I'm going to have it come over the edge. And then we're going to use a little mint patty. [Laurie] Oh, good trick. I like it. That's great. [Liv] Isn't that cute? Now, for the other eye, you can just take a marshmallow. I'm going to cut it in half, and I'm going to stick it down. And he's going to have a blue eye. I'm going to use a little chocolate candy here. And you can actually use a little bit of the frosting to glue it on. Okay. I'm going to use a little bit of Fruit by the Foot, and I'm going to cut it into the shape of a mouth. [Laurie] A smile? [Liv] A smile. [Laurie] That'll be nice. [Liv] Then we place it down. Now it's time to make the teeth. [Laurie] Oh, he gets teeth. [Liv] Yep. He's smiling, teeth are showing. [Laurie] All right. Let him smile for the cameras over here. [Liv] Good idea. Okay, I'm going to put one there and another one there. [Laurie] Ooh, he looks good. [Liv] Now we're going to put some stripes on his shirt. [Laurie] Okay. [Liv] You can use Fruit by the Foot, or you can buy these sugared candies like this. And we're just going to spread it across him. And if it's too long, you can just use a knife or a scissor to cut it to the right length. [Laurie] What else? [Liv] We're going to put an earring on. [Laurie] Cute! [Liv] These are little gummy candies. I'm just going to cut a little hole in it here, a little piece out of it. And then, as if it's sticking in his ear. [Liv] Okay, so-- [Laurie] He looks great. [Liv] Well, there's one more thing. [Laurie] Oh, really? [Liv] Yep. Stubble. And we're going to use little chocolate jimmies. Now a great tip, if your frosting has set, is to just take a little more frosting and spread it on. That way you're sure that the jimmies will stick. [Laurie] Can I sprinkle while you frost? [Liv] Sure. That's a great idea. [Laurie] Count on me to make a mess. That is a great-looking pirate cake. [Liv] Thanks, Laurie. [Laurie] Thank you. Now go walk the plank, matey. Thanks, Liv. And don't forget to give your little buccaneers a treasure chest that they can paint and take home as a party favor. I'm Laurie Gelman for howdini.com. [howdini - www.howdini.com] [♫ chimes]

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Duration: 6 minutes and 19 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Howdini, LLC
Views: 93
Posted by: howdini on Feb 16, 2010

We don’t recommend washing this pirate cake down with a bottle of rum, but if your little buccaneer is having a pirate birthday party, this cake is going to be worth its weight in gold doubloons. Professional baker Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker Kitchens will show you how.

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