This Airplane Birthday cake was for a couple who visited South Africa for some significant moments in their life. It was both the husband and the wife’s 40th birthday and their anniversary. They also made use of the opportunity to renew their vows. The man is a pilot and flies this model of aircraft. The cake is based on a Piper Warrior if I remember correctly.
My friend Madenia and I got the blueprints off the internet and then worked out the ratios and sizes to scale, or reasonably close to the required size for our cake. The body is all cake, on a shaped board. Orange cake with a mixed citrus peel buttercream. It is about 53cm in length and each wing is 30cm in length. The wings are cardboard covered in fondant. The tail and fin are both fondant, treated with tylose to harden it.
It has to be assembled at the venue and this alone took two hours. Because of the weight, it was very difficult to get the aeroplane to balance, as we wanted it to be elevated and not flat on the board. We made holes in the board where we pushed in dowels and secured it in the holes with a glue gun. Then we quickly put blobs of glue on the dowels with the gun and placed our very very heavy cake on top of it, hoping and praying all through. The moment of truth proved to be a positive one, thank God!
I cannot describe the elation when we were done, having achieved what we set out to do. We are both self-taught home bakers and we improve our skills simply by trying new things all the time. This whole project, although well planned and executed, was still hanging on a prayer until the last moment.
Leavinig the venue we kept telling each other “you’re awesome” and this carried on all the way home!
Coolest Baby Shower Airplane Cake
This baby shower Airplane cake was made for an expectant mom and she’s definitely into the plane nursery decoration mode. I’m a hobby baker and was thrilled to make her baby shower wish come true by designing this cake.
Baby Shower Airplane Cake Instructions
The cake is relatively simple if an individual has experimented with fondant. The vanilla cake itself is an 8” round x 4” tall, covered in buttercream. The topper base is made from RKT. The plane is made with fondant.
Base for Topper
- Make a recipe of Rice Krispie treats.
- Grease a 6” half-sphere or bowl and firmly press down the RKT.
- Allow to harden.
- Melt Candy Melts and brush over the half-sphere, smoothing and covering all bumps that will appear.
- Cover with Wilton baby blue fondant.
- For the plane to attach, make a hole using a skewer at the top of the half-sphere.
- Place onto a 6” cake board to dry.
- After the fondant is completely dry, glue the decorative touches with piping gel by attaching the borders and name blocks.
- The finished topper is slightly raised with a cake pillar stacking system, keeping the icing intact and making it easy lift-off to serve the cake.
- To begin the design of the plane, go online and search for airplane clipart. I found an example of a plane from a woodworker with a complete pattern. I Xeroxed it to size for a six-inch topper.
- Then I created all the pieces (adding tylose powder from Michaels) and let them dry overnight.
- The next morning, I added holes for attaching the plane together – toothpicks in the wings, tail section and where these pieces would attach to the plane.
- I allowed all the pieces to completely dry. So plan ahead to wait and wait to put the plane together – or the wings will end-up sagging.
- After all the pieces were dry, I then put the plane together with a glue mixture – dipped toothpicks in a fondant and water mixture.
- For the wings, I added a small bit/strip of fondant where the plane and wings meet (since drying time will make the design not butt up to the base) and used a tool to smooth level. To support the wings while drying to the base of the plane, I placed bubble wrap underneath.
- After the tail, wings and propeller base were dry, I added the propellers (dried overnight) and a small ball of fondant, to glue and support them to the propeller base.
- Added the windshield, baby blue fondant. For the metal look, grey fondant. For the shiny metal looking pieces, I painted with a mixture of silver dust and lemon extract.
- The pilot was designed by using the template for the airplane design of the woodworker.
- Super easy. Roll different sizes of gumpaste and allow them to dry overnight.
- Place the dried balls on a mat, cover completely with fondant, shaping the clouds, and allow the new clouds to completely dry.
- The cake is covered in Swiss Meringue buttercream. SMB tends to have a yellow tint because it is made with real butter. To be honest, this was the first time that I tried to color-match a buttercream made with all butter and it was difficult to do.
- After adding Wilton’s pastel blue icing gel, I had to end-up using a dot of Electric Purple to not get a mint green color. My suggestion would be to use a buttercream with shortening (not butter), such as the Wilton buttercream recipe. This will save a lot of time and effort in color-matching the icing.
- For the final touch, I added decorated balls to the cake by gently pressing into the buttercream.
Thanks for the interest in my baby shower airplane cake! Don’t forget to take a photo of the finished cake! Always, always take that special few minutes to have a personal memento.
Andby the way Craftsy has an online, cake photography class too! Bake with love.
Coolest Airplane Birthday Cake
I had a great time making this Airplane Birthday cake. At first I didn’t know how it would go. I started with 4 big rectangle shaped cakes. I made mud cakes. Placed them on top of each other with icing, but every time I went to put each cake on, they broke so I just put more icing on, lol. I then put it in the fridge to set a bit before carving. As it was in the fridge my 2 year old loved opening it and stealing the icing.
I got it out and thought how the hell am I going to make a plane out of this, where do I start? I started taking bit by bit off and it slowly started looking like a plane, but it had no nose so I had left over cake, cut a ring and iced it on. It had gaps so the bits I cut up I pushed together. When I finally got the shape I iced it and put it in the fridge.
I then got it out and the fun began. I had to fondant this big cake, aaaahhhh. I rolled out the white fondant and, OMG, it worked. I then cut wings and the tail out of a nappie box, iced it then put fondant on them, but silly me didn’t put the sticks in so it could be joined to the cake (I tried to put them in but destroyed them, I had to start again so I put the sticks in first). Then yes, it worked. I was getting so excited it was all coming together.
I had icing sugar fondant everywhere. My beautiful 2 year old trying to steal the icing and cut the fondant. I had it stuck to my feet and all over my clothes, but I’m almost finished. I made the nose from fondant and OMG the eyes, I didn’t have cutters so I tried to shape them with my hands. They looked terrible. I went through all my things and finally found some cutters and they looked great.
When I was making the cake my son was so excited, he loves planes and cake, lol. He was yelling plane all the time. When I finally finished, he was just so excited he tried to eat it right a way. Everyone was so happy with it. I now have to make all the kids cakes.
Coolest Turbo Otter Float Plane Birthday Cake
This Homemade Turbo Otter Float Plane Birthday Cake took a lot of time and effort. It is about 90% edible and only feeds about 6 people.
Both the middle of the plane and the floats are real cake with buttercream icing and fondant. The wings, prop, supports and back wings are 1/2 edible and made from tooth picks, Popsicle sticks, cardboard, then iced and covered in fondant. The accessories were all made ahead of time and tried for 24 hours before putting the cake together.
The colors were chosen to match the exact airplane that my boyfriend flies. The marshmallow fondant was homemade and dyed. The top of the floats were painted black with fondant dye, water and brush. The real call sign for the airplane C-FDDX was put on the side and my boyfriends name was added to were the company's name usually put.
If your thinking of make a cake similar I can give you more hints if you message me.
Coolest Cessna Airplane Cake
I made this Cessna Airplane Birthday Cake for my son's 4th birthday. He loves planes and wanted a T41 cake (his made up name after watching to many WWII documentaries with daddy). I fashioned this after my father's Cessna 172 as I know what that looks like.
I used a piece of balsa wood to make the bottom support. I think I would use something a little thicker next time as the weight of the cake was almost too much. I then made 4 holes (three in the front and one at the tail) just large enough to run dowels through and glued them with supper glue. Running them through allowed me to put glue on both sides, gave me something to impale/attach the cake to and I didn't have to try to cut the ends flat and I could level it easily.
I made the cake out of a 9x13 pan and cooled it before cutting and shaping it. I cut one piece the whole size and then just added a second layer where needed it. I crumb coated it and then added the striping with with a small tip. I had originally planned to make the wing out of a thin piece of cake but ended up just using some 1/4 inch ply because of the weight issue.
I put some small dowels on the underside of the wing with points on them and then shoved them in the cake after it was done. For the tail I just cut some balsa wood in the shapes stuck them in and frosted them. I added stripes to the wings and put candy letters on with "Happy Birthday Scott". I put the year down the fuselage.
For the base I wrapped a sheet of 3/4" plywood in a light blue plastic table cloth and then covered the supports with stuffing for pillows. I made the wheels with mini Oreo's glued together with frosting.
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