Adventures of a Cake Diva

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Sailboat Cake: A Neat Trick for Carving Cakes. 01/22/2013

Sailboat Cake via Adventures of a Cake Diva

     I was terribly afraid that this sailboat cake would end up looking like, well, anything but a sailboat.  Carving a cake can be a little tricky.  Getting the shape right is more than half of the battle.

Sailboat Cake via Adventures of a Cake Diva   As I stood before the stack of four filled sheet cakes, I hemmed and hawed quite a bit.  At one point I remember thinking, “Just cut the freaking cake!”  But, I couldn’t bring myself to do it…

Making a template to carve cakes via Adventures of Cake Diva

   So, I drew a template of the boat’s shape onto a piece of paper.  To make sure the boat was symmetrical, I folded the paper in half, lengthwise.  Then, I cut out the template.

Using a template to carve cakes via Adventures of a Cake Diva   Next, I placed the paper template onto the cake.  Then, I used a long, sharp, serrated knife to cut the cake, using the template as a guide.

Initial shape of sailboat cake     Here’s how the cake looked after I carved the initial shape using the paper template.  Then, I used a smaller sharp, serrated knife to tweak the shape a bit.

Crumb coated sailboat cake     Before I covered the cake with rolled fondant, I covered it with a thin crumb coat of buttercream.  After I covered the cake with fondant, I added some decorative touches like the cabin on top and the gumpaste sail.  Then, I added a few fondant waves on the side of the boat, and I finished off the cake board with the “water” (presumably, Lake Michigan) using tinted royal icing.

Sailboat cake via Adventures of a Cake Diva

   I wish I would have taken a picture of my friend’s face when I presented her with this sailboat cake.  (Sheer delight.)  What made it even better was that, as soon as she saw the cake, she knew that it was a sailboat.  Whew!


14 Responses to “Sailboat Cake: A Neat Trick for Carving Cakes.”

  1. bakeaffairs Says:

    You are an Artist! The cake looks beautiful!

  2. I love it!! 🙂 What a fun idea! Very creative!

  3. It’s such a cute boat! Well done! Can I ask … what’s BUSS? (On the side of the boat.)

  4. petit4chocolatier Says:

    So beautiful! Very creative too 🙂
    Must have been hard cutting the first slice!

    • acakediva Says:

      Thanks, Judy. I think it was a good thing that I wasn’t there to see this cake being cut. I really would’ve been torn. On one hand, I want the cake to be eaten and enjoyed. But, on the other hand, it’s always a little hard for me to watch my one of my cakes being dissembled and cut. Ahh, the dilemmas of being a baker and caker! 🙂

  5. mydearbakes Says:

    Awww, well done! You made such wonderful bakes! =)

  6. angelichigo Says:

    I totally understand you! I am also in the process of making a sailboat cake for a baby shower coming weekend and I am beyond nervous… Question for you. Did you crumbcoat/ice your cake on your “finished” cake board? or have it iced somewhere else then transferred to the cake board? Hopefully mine will turn out as neat as yours. you did a great job!

    • acakediva Says:

      Hi Angelichigo, So sorry for the delay in my response. I hope your sailboat cake turned out well. 🙂 To answer your question, I crumb coated with a different cake board underneath (cut to size) and then transferred the cake to the final cake board. Either way is fine. It’s just a personal preference. 🙂


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