Pirate Cupcakes: Instructions and Decorating Ideas

Updated on August 29, 2018
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Pirate-Themed Cupcakes

Fun decorating ideas for your pirate cupcakes.
Fun decorating ideas for your pirate cupcakes. | Source

How to Decorate Pirate Cupcakes

Whether you are hosting a birthday party, Halloween party, or just a pirate-themed celebration, you will need some fun cupcakes to serve your guests. No need to call a bakery when you can create these three easy-to-make pirate cupcake designs all on your own. And these will be sure to please all of your mateys.

So what kind of cupcakes would a pirate want at their party? I bet they wouldn't mind seeing the pirate logo with a batch of cupcakes in a skull and crossbones design. Pirates also love to find treasure, so you can't go wrong with a treasure chest full of cupcakes. Or perhaps your pirate prefers a more simple design like a pirate flag on top of his treats. For more information on how to create these decorating ideas, read further for a list of items needed and step-by-step directions for each cupcake design.

Skull & Crossbones

Skull and Crossbones Pirate Cupcakes

Instead of decorating each individual cupcake, arrange your cupcakes into a cool skull and crossbones shape. You will need 27 cupcakes total (15 for the skull shape and 12 for the crossbones) to make our exact design. For a guide on how to arrange these cupcakes, check out the pictures to the right. Below are the step-by-step directions for creating this super easy pirate cupcakes design.

Directions:

  1. Decide what you are going to use to serve your cupcakes. We used a large piece of cardboard covered with black paper.
  2. Arrange 15 of the cupcakes to form the shape of a skull.
  3. Add the remaining 12 cupcakes to form the crossbones.
  4. Frost each cupcake with white buttercream icing
  5. Using a decorating tool, ice the top of the skull with red icing to create the hat.
  6. Use black icing to make the eyes, eye patch, nose, and mouth on the cupcakes.

How to Make Skull and Crossbones Cupcake Design

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Our finished skull and crossbones cupcake design.Arrange cupcakes in skull shape.Add crossbones with additional cupcakes.Use white, red, and black icing to decorate cupcakes.
Our finished skull and crossbones cupcake design.
Our finished skull and crossbones cupcake design. | Source
Arrange cupcakes in skull shape.
Arrange cupcakes in skull shape. | Source
Add crossbones with additional cupcakes.
Add crossbones with additional cupcakes. | Source
Use white, red, and black icing to decorate cupcakes.
Use white, red, and black icing to decorate cupcakes. | Source

More Fun Decorating Ideas

Here are some other fun ideas to use with this pirate cupcake design:

  • Use chocolate cookies for the eyes and nose.
  • Use black licorice for the band of the eye patch.
  • Use red fruit roll-ups to create the pirate hat.
  • Use a yellow gummy saver to add an earring.

Treasure for Everyone

Treasure Chest Cupcakes

All pirates love to find treasure so you can't go wrong with a treasure chest full of cupcakes. I borrowed a decorative chest from my mom and filled it with all kinds of sparkly necklaces and candies. I also bought a pack of gold coins from the Dollar Tree to add to the top of the cupcakes. This cupcake decorating idea is super easy to make and your guests will love eating these pirate worthy cupcakes. Below is a list of items we used and directions for creating treasure chest cupcakes.

Items Needed:

  • Treasure chest
  • Beaded necklaces
  • Gold coins
  • Shiny wrapped candies
  • Yellow sugar sprinkles
  • Shoe box
  • Tissue paper or newspaper
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors or knife

Directions:

  1. Find or purchase a large decorative chest. Since our chest was very deep, I filled the bottom with tissue paper and added a small shoe box to serve as the cupcake stand.
  2. Using a pair of scissors or sharp knife, cut out holes in the top of the shoe box so you can be able to safely secure the cupcakes in place.
  3. Frost the cupcakes with white buttercream icing and add a gold coin to the top of each cupcake. We also used yellow colored sugar sprinkles to give them more of a shimmery look.
  4. Attach toothpicks to the bottom of the cupcake and secure them to the top of the shoe box. The toothpicks will ensure the cupcakes will not move out of place until you are ready to serve.
  5. Arrange the beaded necklaces, shiny wrapped candies, and anything else you can think of inside the chest and around the cupcakes to create a pirate worthy treasure chest.

How to Make Treasure Chest Cupcakes

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Our finished treasure chest cupcakes.The supplies to make treasure chest cupcakes.Cut out holes in the top of a shoe box to use as a cupcake holder.Add toothpicks to the bottom of the cupcakes to be able to secure in the top of the shoe box.Add beads, candy, and any other goodies to fill your treasure chest.
Our finished treasure chest cupcakes.
Our finished treasure chest cupcakes. | Source
The supplies to make treasure chest cupcakes.
The supplies to make treasure chest cupcakes. | Source
Cut out holes in the top of a shoe box to use as a cupcake holder.
Cut out holes in the top of a shoe box to use as a cupcake holder. | Source
Add toothpicks to the bottom of the cupcakes to be able to secure in the top of the shoe box.
Add toothpicks to the bottom of the cupcakes to be able to secure in the top of the shoe box. | Source
Add beads, candy, and any other goodies to fill your treasure chest.
Add beads, candy, and any other goodies to fill your treasure chest. | Source

More Ideas for the Treasure Chest

Suggested Items
Shiny play jewelry
Gold or silver wrapped chocolates
Pretend money
Ring Pops
Shimmery marbles or stones
Gold coins
Treasure map
Eye patches
Pirate hook

Top 'Em Off

Pirate Cupcake Toppers

If you are pressed for time and looking for an easy decorating idea for your pirate themed cupcakes, try making these fun DIY cupcake toppers. Using the pirate-themed duct tape leftover from our pirate raft made out of pool noodles, we were able to create these cool pirate flag toppers. Below you will find a list of items and how to create these toppers.

Items Needed:

  • Pirate-themed duct tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut out a square around the skull and crossbone design on the pirate themed Duck Tape. You will need 2 squares for each cupcake topper.
  2. Attach the edge of the first square around the toothpick. Carefully apply the second square to the first square and wrap the edge around the toothpick.
  3. Most likely the edges of your squares will not be even. Use a pair of scissors to trim around the edges to create an evenly edged pirate flag.
  4. After frosting the cupcakes, insert your pirate flag topper to the top of each cupcake.

How to Make DIY Pirate Cupcake Toppers

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Our finished DIY pirate cupcake toppers.The supplies to make the cupcake toppers.Cut skull and crossbones design from Duck Tape and wrap around a toothpick.Trim the edges to make a pirate flag.Our finished pirate cupcake toppers.
Our finished DIY pirate cupcake toppers.
Our finished DIY pirate cupcake toppers. | Source
The supplies to make the cupcake toppers.
The supplies to make the cupcake toppers. | Source
Cut skull and crossbones design from Duck Tape and wrap around a toothpick.
Cut skull and crossbones design from Duck Tape and wrap around a toothpick. | Source
Trim the edges to make a pirate flag.
Trim the edges to make a pirate flag. | Source
Our finished pirate cupcake toppers.
Our finished pirate cupcake toppers. | Source

Pirate Cupcake Ideas

As you can see, the above three pirate cupcake decorating ideas are extremely easy to make. You definitely don't have to be a professional baker to create any of these ideas. Not only will you save a little money by making these treats yourself, you will also be pleased to see all of your party guests loving the fun cupcake designs.

I hope you have found some helpful decorating ideas for your pirate themed cupcakes. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above cupcake designs, feel free to leave these in the comment section below.

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      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        5 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much Tiffany! Appreciate you stopping by and adding your sweet comments!

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        tiffany delite 

        5 years ago from united states

        thank you so much for this hub! there are some really cute ideas here! i especially like the treasure chest cupcakes...brilliant! blessings!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much for your sweet comments sonison! My boys and I love coming up with new decorating ideas for our cupcakes. Appreciate you stopping by!

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        sonison 

        6 years ago from Heaven 7

        This hub is brilliant. I wish if i can make such wonderful and delicious cupcakes. I will try as the perefection comes with time and practice. Amazing hub !

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Hi teaches! Such a cute idea! I am sure that there are many girls out there that would love glittery pink pirate cupcakes. I know I would :) Thanks for stopping by and adding your great comment!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks randomcreative! My boys really enjoyed these cupcakes as they are pirate fanatics :) Appreciate your visit and sweet comments!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much Cyndi! I am so looking forward to reading your pirate hub. As soon as I return from vacation, I have some serious catching up to do and I will return that link :) Appreciate you stopping by, commenting, and for the link!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much ishwaryaa22! So happy to hear that the directions and all the tips are helpful in creating these fun cupcakes. I really appreciate all the votes and for you sharing!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        6 years ago

        Little girls would love the pirate treasure cupcakes at a birthday party. I would switch out the colors to glittery pink. Great idea!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        I love all of your cupcake hubs! As always, these ideas are so much fun.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        6 years ago from Western NC

        Whoa! Sooo cool! I HAVE to link to my pirate hub I'm publishing today. I love cupcakes and I love reading about pirates. FANTASTIC!!

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        Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

        6 years ago from Chennai, India

        Your creativity is visible in these intricately made cupcakes suitable for a pirate-themed party! I admired the treasure chest cupcakes a lot and found the skull & crossbone cupcakes concept interesting. Your directions are very helpful & your tips are very handy! Well-done!

        Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much clairemy! Hope the boys love the cupcakes as much as mine did :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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        Claire 

        6 years ago

        I have saved this hub to my favourites, as I have a 6 years old and 3 years old boy in my care at the moment. great decorations.

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