A Cake for a Swashbuckler

When it comes to the cake for the pirate themed birthday party, I am torn. Do I do a cake-cake that is amazing like this one...

{and by me, I mean hire my amazing cake girl Leah}

Or do I do cupcakes and put them on the Pirate Booty table {stay tuned for details on that coming next week!}

I went ahead and picked up these pirate sprinkles from The Bakers Confections in February, along with black cupcake liners, thinking that I would do both cupcakes and a traditional cake

I'm leaning toward having both options so that we have a cake to cut on his actual birthday (June 16th, also Father's Day) with our family, and then the kiddos can have some really awesome cupcakes (likely chocolate with vanilla buttercream and dipped in these awesome sprinkles).

What do you do when it comes to the cake for your toddlers birthday party?