This FA 18 Blue Angels cake was requested by my son for his 2nd birthday. It took me a year to get up the nerve to try it and finally made it for his 3rd birthday. I looked at lots of pictures of F/A-18 Blue Angels and also looked at several different cakes online. I knew that I had to create it myself since I couldn't find a cake pan for this type of airplane.
I began by taking a rectangular sheet of paper that were the same dimensions as a half sheet cake (approximately 11 x 15). I started to mess around with how I could best utilize the entire cake. I came up with a pattern that looks like the attached diagram. I baked a traditional yellow box cake. For a half sheet, you will need two boxes.
Once the cake was baked and cooled, I put the cut-out pieces of paper on top of the cake and cut it with a bread knife. I placed the pieces together as the diagram shows, and began to ice it. I used a traditional buttercream frosting.
For the blue color, I found "neon" food coloring at the grocery store. The blue was perfect. (I did have to use almost the entire bottle). I iced the entire body of the cake blue before adding any of the yellow detailing. I then took 2 sugar cookies and cut them out into the shape of the tail fins. Do not ice them until the last minute as they will get soggy.
I then took the clear plastic cockpit off of one of my son's many toy airplanes. I also took one of his toy pilots. I placed the pilot down into the cake and then put the cockpit cover over him. I then piped the icing around it. In the back for the afterburners, I used a little gummy candy that I found called Peach rings, they looked perfect. I put a candle in the front of each wing and in the front of the plane. They looked like missiles.