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asked October 26th 2012

How to make a 12″ pirate ship from a 10″ square cake

I made the pirate ship last night and used a 10″ tin as I wasn’t sure about getting a 12″ to rise evenly. However, I managed to take the deck section that was cut away to add to the bow section to make the ship longer and it worked fine. Gives it at least 2″ more. Just use lots of ganache so it doesn’t fall off. It’s now about the same length as a 12″ cake one would be without having to bake a 12″ cake.

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I made the pirate ship last night and used a 10″ tin as I wasn’t sure about getting a 12″ to rise evenly. However, I managed to take the deck section that was cut away to add to the bow section to make the ship longer and it worked fine. Gives it at least 2″ more. Just use lots of ganache so it doesn’t fall off. It’s now about the same length as a 12″ cake one would be without having to bake a 12″ cake.

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Hi Justine

It’s good that you could improvise, I made the teddy cake from a 12″ round and that worked out as well. A twelve in cake will rise, just push the batter to the sides so the middle of the cake has a chance to warm up and bake evenly. You can also put a couple flower nails (spike up) into the tin before you pour the mix in. The nail acts a heating core distributing the heat while baking. x

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