Cool Homemade 3D Sculptured CH53-E Helicopter Cake

My husband just retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service. I wanted to make him a special cake and since he has worked with the CH53-E’s his whole career I thought that would be appropriate to make a helicopter cake. This was my first attempt at a sculptured cake. I’ve had no formal cake decorating experience.

I had several pictures to look at and also watched them fly overhead the last couple of weeks to make sure I got the proportions right. The top rotor blades measured 30″ across and the helicopter without the refueling nozzle was 30″ long. He wanted the helicopter to appear as if it was landing in a grassy field; which is also a sheet cake.

It took 10 standard cake recipes (dark chocolate and your basic yellow cake), 3 dozen eggs and weighed over 25 lbs. I baked the cakes necessary to create this Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Finished decorating by Tuesday evening. I had to be sure to allow myself 24 hours before the retirement ceremony to call the local grocery store for an alternate basic cake if this one didn’t work out.

All markings, engines, tanks, bombs and even squadron numbers were correct. My husband and his fellow Marines just loved it. Though I think they felt a little like cannibals eating their USMC workhorse.

10 thoughts on “Cool Homemade 3D Sculptured CH53-E Helicopter Cake”

  1. That’s fantastic! Well done, what a fabulous cake. I’m impressed that you made such an effort to get all the measurements and everything correct also.

  2. This is incredible! I was watching a program on tv, all about a cake company in the USA specializing in amazing novelty cakes (you might know it) and they did a helicopter – but nowhere nearly as good as yours! They used polystyrene to pack it out – I think its a bit of a cheat…lets face it, a cake has to be eaten.I applaud you. x

  3. My husband was also on CH-53’s. His birthday is on Christmas, so I think I might try to make this for his cake.

  4. I thought I had my work cut out for me because my daughter wants a dragonfly cake for her birthday and I can’t find any cake pans. I don’t know how you built the helicopter, but it is awesome. I’ve seen professionals that haven’t created something this nice. I love baking, but I don’t have a lot of time due to me being a full time student myself. I’m just now attempting to decorate cakes other than writing on them. I applause you many times over. I also applause your husband for serving his country and making us all safe. Semper Fi! Ooo Ra!! (Don’t know if I spelled it right, but it’s the sound that only a Marine could make).

  5. This is amazing, my husband is a crew chief on CH53E and is being promoted to staff so I wanted to have a get together. There is no way I could I could come close to this cake. GOOD JOB

  6. Are you still at camp lejeune! ?!? My husband is with 461 and my son wants a 53 bday cake for his 5th birthday!!!

  7. I am getting ready for my husband’s retirement party from the Air Force and he too has worked on helicopters (HH-60G, HH-53) his entire career. I would love to know how you make this WONDERFUL cake…I’d even pay you for detailed instructions…I have searched high and low and cannot find any kind of instructions on ANY kind of helicopter cake or cake pan but then I saw your cake and was completely blown away!
    My e-mail is….
    Have a great day!

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