I was so excited as I walked through Joanns a few weeks before my sons birthday and saw a bunch of their Wilton Cake pans marked down to $2.99 (from $12.99). At that price I had to look and see what they had. Imagine how thrilled I was to discover a Pirate Ship Pan! It was so meant to be. Unfortunately, it was out of stock. So three stores later I scooped up their last one and ran to the cashier.
Now, I am not accomplished in the magical art of cake decorating. I have only used fondant once, and I had no desire to go overboard here. I just did the best I could, and prayed my son would think it looked like "Bucky" from Jake and the Never Land Pirates. And then, I took the lamest photo ever in a rush effort.
I would highly recommend practicing cooking with a Wilton Cake pan prior to actually making the birthday cake. I had a panic attack a few hours before the party when I couldn't get the cake out of the pan for the life of me. I followed all the instructions, but it was holding in there tight. I tried loosening the edges, I tried whacking the bottom a bit. In the end I actually had to dig my fingers in on the sides, and pull on it to loosen it. It came out with one small piece left in the pan. I confess I was amazed.
I just used white store bought frosting and died some of it blue blue. The brown was chocolate frosting.The cupcakes were just for fun, but all the kids wanted one of those instead of cake because they wanted a sea animal. (Puff stickers from the scrapbooking section of Joanns stuck on toothpicks!)
If you want to go all out - this is another idea you can do using this same cake pan.