My youngest daughter had her third birthday party on Saturday which was so much fun…she opted for a pirate party! We had it at the park with about 30 family and friends and we were lucky to strike a gorgeous warm sunny day in amongst the crazy rain, wind and thunder we'd been having all week - thank goodness!
As much fun as the party was, it is also a massive undertaking - I love making a big cake and putting together all sorts of goodies for the big day. This year the cake was a pirate ship sitting on top of the ocean with a beach, palm tree and treasure chest at the spot marked 'x'! The ship was made out of gluten-free chocolate cake and gluten-free vanilla cake layered with chocolate buttercream (for birthdays I always use buttercream as it is only a couple of times a year and yes, I know it's not dairy free, but I refuse to use margarine or some other nasty butter substitute to make it!). The base of the cake was a gluten, dairy, grain, soy, nut free banana chocolate chip cake (recipe courtesy of http://www.naturalabundance.co.nz) which was covered in fondant icing. Fondant icing is pretty gross and even the kids don't like it, so it works well - it gives the cake the desired colorful finished effect but they just peel it off and eat the cake alone.