Simple 3D Galleon Ship Cake

Simple 3D Galleon Ship Cake

2 Days (1 day if cake is shaped)
$420 - $460

Learn how to make a simple 3D Galleon Ship Cake.

In this tutorial, Serdar shows you how to make a simple 3D Galleon Ship Cake. This is a simpler version compared to our other 3D Galleon Ship Cake tutorial and was actually designed for one of Serdar’s 4 hour live workshop classes. This tutorial has plenty of tips and tricks to learn and could also be made as a 3D Pirate Ship Cake.

DISCLAIMER: Before purchasing or watching this tutorial, please note that in this tutorial, Serdar uses styrofoam blocks as the cake parts. This is simply because he wanted to keep this galleon cake as a show piece after he created this tutorial. Making this galleon cake using real cake would involve cutting real cake in the same size shapes as the styrofoam blocks shown in this tutorial. The course material for this tutorial contains actual size templates and blueprints as well as guides on how to cut and form the cake parts of this piece to match the styrofoam blocks that are shown in the tutorial. If you need to be shown, step by step, with video, exactly how to cut the cake in the same shapes as the styrofoam blocks that have templates provided in the course material, this tutorial may not be for you. This is an expert level tutorial and will require some 3D cake making experience.

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.
Simple 3D Galleon Ship Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains blueprints and guides to help you make this cake.

The Plan
Tools & Materials
Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Sails
Making the Decorative Elements
Coating the Cake
Assembling the Cake
Cutting Out the Windows
Gold Brushing
Adding the Decorations
Preparing & Adding the Masts
Preparing & Attaching the Sails
Adding the Waves
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
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
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Threaded rod
10mm or 15mm thick by 20cm long
"L" shaped plastic corner tool
Dinner fork
Starch tray
40cm by 30cm
Large soft bristle brush
For starch dusting
Water Spray Bottle
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Thin white cardboard
6cm by 10cm
Corrugated Cardboard
3 x 40cm by 20cm (used for trays)
Great for placing sugar items to dry. Easy to move around.
Soft make up brush
For gold dust colouring
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
40cm by 30cm coated with blue velvet
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 .
Wooden dowels
6mm thick (diametre) by 1.2 metres long (total length)
Skewers Shop Online
8 x 2.5mm thick (diametre) by 25cm (length)
Flexible cord
1mm thickness
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Small pliers
Edible gold powder
Recipes & Ingredients

1500g mixture for
3 x 20mm (height) by 20cm by 20cm sponge

A moist and rich chocolate mud cake aerated with baking powder and soda bicarbonate. A very dark and dense mud cake which contains a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of coffee powder. Years ago wedding cakes...[read more]

750g for sandwiching and masking

Chocolate ganache is nothing but pure chocolate melted with a generous amount of boiling fresh cream. This smooth airless chocolate cream makes a lot of things possible. A benefit of chocolate ganache is that the high...[read more]

Dark Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia

300g for crust coat and gluing

Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.
Rolled Fondant

500g brown
200g egg yellow
500g blue
100g black

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

300g dark brown
600g gray/brown

500g ivory

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]
Gum paste & pastillage mix (1 to 1)

200g black/brown

150g for 3 x small cones

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]

Corn Starch Wikipedia


Corn starch, cornstarch, cornflour or maize starch or maize is the starch derived from the corn (maize) grain. The starch is obtained from the endosperm of the corn kernel. Corn starch is a popular food ingredient used in thickening sauces or soups, and is used in making corn syrup and other sugars.

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  1. Monica Cheesman says:

    This is an amazing cake I have learned so much already, can I ask about the flexible string, I tried looking for it to buy it but can’t find, is there a different name that it is called?Thank you

  2. Maria Marinou says:

    Thank you verry much

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