This Helicopter Cake was incredibly easy to make and very effective! I used Royal Icing to make the “run-out” shapes and it really is easier than it looks, so definitely worth a try if you want to try something easy that looks really professional. I made the run-out Helicopter, clouds, sun, letters and number a couple of weeks before so it all had time to harden and dry out.
I made some Royal icing in a thickish consistency and left it white. Using a pencil I traced the helicopter, clouds, sun and the letters and number onto some baking paper (non-stick paper) then, with the white icing, piped the outlines using a writing tube on the icing bag and left it to dry for a few hours.
When it was dry I made some more royal icing but a bit runnier and coloured some of it red, orange, grey, blue and yellow, leaving some white for the clouds. I used a teaspoon to fill in the gaps with the coloured icing, sprinkled the shapes with edible glitter and left them to dry for a couple of days. When it was all dry I painted the helicopter blades and window silver with silver edible paint (available from cake decorating suppliers). On the day of the party I covered a rectangular chocolate cake with blue buttercream, sprinkled blue edible glitter onto it and placed the hard, dry helicopter, clouds, sun and letters onto it.
So easy and great for making in advance so you don’t have to do it all the day before!