Pirate Ship Cupcake Wrapper

When my daughter’s 2nd grade teacher had asked if I would make cupcakes for the end-of-year pirate party I was happy to oblige. I didn’t want to go overboard and do fondant ships or involved icing work. The kids would just throw away fondant and lick off the icing. After a little searching on Pinterest and the web, I decided to create a pirate ship cupcake wrapper and make a simple chocolate cupcake with chocolate meringue buttercream icing.

Arrgh mateys!

It was a hit, to say the least! The kids actually ate the cupcake, not just the icing. I had a few people taking pictures as I was carrying the fleet of ships through the school yard. I was just glad that I didn’t drop the boxes!

There were a few leftovers and my daughter’s teacher gave them to the other second grade teachers, who were truly Fleet of ships sailing to class.

I’ve provided instructions and a template below. You can alter the colors if you’d like – perhaps a pink flag and a gray ship for a “pirate girl” party, or maybe a brown or blue ship and a blank sail for a nautical theme party? Whatever you do with it, have fun and make it sweet!


Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Black Construction Paper (for ship)
  • Red Construction Paper (for flag)
  • Sail printout
  • 9″ Paper Lollipop Sticks
  • Glue
  • 1/8″ Hole Puncher
  • 1/4″ Hole Puncher (optional)
  • Scissors or an Exacto knife

The recipe I used for the icing can be found here (I halved it): Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Buttercream

I can’t for the life of me find the chocolate cupcake recipe, but it was similar to this: Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes from Glorious Treats

6 thoughts on “Pirate Ship Cupcake Wrapper

  1. Okay, I’m really stupid. I can’t figure out this cupcake wrapper. Would you be able to give more directions? Explain it to me like I’m 3.

  2. These are really amazing! Thank you for sharing the template for free. I am VERY creatively challenged and I eternally grateful for people like you who can help me get by :). THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

  3. Thank you , i will be making pirate cup cakes for my grand daughter’s 4th birthday. she loves Jake the pirate

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