How to Make the Best Pirate Ship Cake Pops

By Kris Galicia Brown from Craftsy

Arrrgh, mateys! Ye come seeking adventure? Ye come plundering to the right place! Throw on your eye patch and join me in making cake pops shaped like pirate ships if ye dare!



Are pirate ship cake pops complicated to make?

This pirate ship cake pop tutorial is surprisingly on the easy side. I’ll teach you how to form the body of the ship, tips for candy coating and dipping, making the paper sail using scrapbooking paper, and adding the final touches.


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Materials you’ll need:

  • Cake pop dough ready for shaping

  • Black candy coating (or a combination of dark brown and navy blue)

  • Blue candy coating, about 20 wafers, melted and placed in a Ziplock bag for piping

  • Wax paper

  • Toothpicks

  • Ziploc bag

  • Scrapbooking paper

  • Pirate stickers or washi tape

  • Mini M&M’s (optional)


Step 1:

Line your work surface with wax paper.

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Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cake pop dough. If you’re unfamiliar with making pliable cake pop dough, check out this tutorial on how to make shaped cake pops for complete instructions, tips and tricks.

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Step 2:

Roll each portion into a ball, then into a teardrop shape. Flatten the top and bottom by gently tapping on your flat work surface. Use your fingers to give the front (the bow) definition. Repeat for all the pieces and refrigerate.


Step 3:

Melt the black candy wafers. If black is not available in your area, a combination of dark brown and navy blue, in equal parts, will yield a very dark slate color. Refer to this tutorial on melting and dipping cake pops if you need help with the process of melting candy coating.


These cake pops will be freestanding pieces. We will be using toothpicks (instead of sticks) to dip these cake pops. The toothpicks will also be the mast that carries the sail.


Step 4:

Remove ships from the fridge and line another space with wax paper. Dip ⅓” of the toothpicks into the black candy coating and insert into the center, about ½” in. Repeat with the remaining ships.


Step 5:

Next, carefully dip the cake pops in the black coating. Hold at an angle to let the excess drip off from the bow, making sure not to wiggle it much. Carefully place on wax paper to dry. Repeat for all the ships and let dry completely.


Step 6:

Pour remaining black coating into a Ziploc bag. Carefully cut the tip and pipe horizontal lines across the hull. This will give the ships some dimension and the illusion of wood paneling.


Step 7:

Using the blue candy coating, carefully pipe waves along the bottom edge of the ship.


Step 8:

Use scrapbook paper for the sail. I chose a couple of plain patterned sheets that I could easily make pirate-like. I used skull washi tape, like I have pictured here. Use stickers or other embellishments to get them as festive as you’d like!


Cut the paper into 2″ x 1½ ” rectangles and decorate. Punch one hole in the middle along the top and another along the bottom. Place on the toothpick to create a sail.

 What event do you plan to make these cake pops for first?


Comments (1)


Very nice. Thank you. But, I do have a question. In the "Materials Needed" section, you mentioned mini M&M's (optional). Did I miss what these might be used for on these pops? Thanks.