My first attempt was to actually make the cake from scratch. It was a disaster and completely fell apart:)
So at 10:30 Friday night I went to Safeway and bought a rectangular cake and cut off the ends to shape it like a boat and then decorated it.
This was the original recipe I was trying to follow.
I would definitely not recommend baking the cakes and then cutting them in half and flipping them on the side. I think just buying the store bought rectangular cake was the way to go!!
I ended up using the Pepperidge Farm Pirouttes for the decking rails, root beer barrels, some rolos as gold, and some whoppers as cannonballs. I found a packet of pirate decorations at the party store so those had the figurines and the cannon and the treasure chest.