Airplane Adventure Cake
by Jennifer Vidal
This airplane cake was for our friends son's 1st birthday. The birthday theme was airplane adventures.
My airplane adventure cake is a two layer chocolate cake with a chocolate gnache filling, topped with homemade buttercream icing then covered with blue Wilton fondant.
I had to blow up the invitation to increase the size to make tracing more suitable for myself. I then traced and cut the airplanes out to be used as a pattern.
For the airplanes I mixed fondant and gumpaste and colored it with red red, lemon yellow, royal blue and sky blue. Laying the patterns on top of the fondant/gumpaste mix, I cut around my pattern to get my base image to work with. I traced and cut out the smaller details of the airplane to glue on top of my airplane. Vanilla extract was used my "glue".
For the cake I used devils food cake mix, and the filling is a whipped chocolate gnache. I covered the cakes with my homemade buttercream and then covered with blue fondant.
The trim and stars are made of fondant. I used buttercream for the clouds and used it as the glue to hold the airplanes on the cake. My cake is being supported and held in place by 3 dowels. Total prep time for this cake was approximately 10 hours. Cake decorating itself was approximately 2 hours.
The outcome was fantastic. The parents were absolutely in love with the cake and so were the guests. I couldn't have been happier. In the end I was offered another job making a cake for a baby shower.
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