Cruise Ship Cake

Cruise Ship Cake

$600 - $700

Learn how to make a Cruise Ship Cake.

As you may remember, I have made a few boat cakes in the past but making a cruise liner ship cake has always remained on my agenda. So here it is! In this tutorial you are going to see me doing the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Cruise Ship as a cake. I will attempt to make it as detailed as possible using a combination of smart methods so that it is done in a  practical way without unnecessarily spending too much time. As you see with the reference pictures, this particular ship is a very large vessel with an amusement park. I am not going to worry too much about the complications you see on the deck so the techniques I will show you can be easily converted to deferent designs. This time, I will not draw any cake plans because the reference images that are available are good enough to give me exact directions to follow, meaning there are orthographic projections for the top view, and side views. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and learn something new from it.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Cruise Ship Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Part 1
The Plan
Tools and Materials
Ingredients and Recipes
Shaping the Cake
Chocolate Skin Coating
Preparing Window Cutters
Coating the Cake
Windows Cutting
Part 2
Day 2 - Window Cutting (cont)
Rescue Boats
Enhancing Windows
Top Deck Layers
Additional Objects on Deck
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Planning & Templates
  • Flipchart sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • Semi transparent silicon baking sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • White cellophane sheets (70cm x 50cm, on side matt)
  • Basic stationary (pencils, marker pens, ruler etc.)
  • Semi transparent plastic file separators
  • Plastic sleeves
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Round Nozzle Set Shop Online
For reshaping to mark windows
To reshape nozzles
MDF boards
3mm thick coated with cellophane sheet . 65cm x 20cm

Two pieces

Cellophane Shop Online
Perfection Strips Shop Online
Used to roll dough (fondant, pastillage etc.) to an even thickness.
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
85cm x 30cm Covered with Blue velvet and coated with cellophane sheet for protection.
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Recipes & Ingredients

3 x 2.5cm (H) 45cm (L) x 28cm (W) Rectangular

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A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water and...[read more]
Rolled Fondant

1.5kg White
1kg Black
100g Blue
100g Green
300g Light Orange

A commonly used sugar paste for coating cakes. Also known as RTR (ready to roll) fondant.


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