#1 had a birthday, and I was able to talk him into this instead of a train.
Pirate Ship=work, Train=a lot of work. He loved it, although after he blew the candles out he asked if we could make a train cake too. Maybe next year.
Make one cake mix according to package directions. Bake at 350 in 1 (8- or 9-inch) square pan for 39-44 minutes. Test for doneness using a toothpick or wooden skewer. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan to finish cooling on wire rack.
When cake is completely cool, cut in half diagonally (corner to corner). One half will be the big sail. Make a parallel cut in the other triangle to form the boat and little sail. Position pieces as shown in picture. Frost sails white and boat brown. Place 4 or 5 lifesavers on ship for windows (white looks nice, but #1 wanted green). Use black licorice, black frosting, or a Hershey’s bar cut in half (because it’s what you have) as the flagpole. Cut a Fruit by the Foot to look like a flag, and place atop the flagpole. If the birthday person is young enough, put the candles in the lifesavers. Viola!