I enjoy making cakes for my family; birthday, Halloween cupcakes, First Communion, etc. The only occasion I don't make a cake for is my own child's baptism. I figure I get a pass since the baby is only about 6 weeks old.
William is fascinated with airplanes so this time I tackled my toughest cake yet, a 3-d sculpted airplane cake. Long ago I opted to never buy cake pans; they were costly, about $20 per pan and I only used them one time. I found that a bit of research online, some photocopies and templates and I could make any cake out of a few regular sized cake pans; rectangular, circle and square.
I found Andrea's website were she made a GeeBee Model Z plane for her sons 4th birthday party. I modified the design a tad because I didn't like the oversized cowling.
I have to say it was the hardest I have ever done, mostly because I redesigned the nose and the cockpit a few times. Then I made the fatal mistake of not buying Wilton food coloring. I decided that the grocery store food coloring would be bright enough. It wasn't. His cake came out a little too mint-green for my taste.
But once I added the tail numbers William didn't even notice the muted green coloring.
I baked three 9x13 rectangular cakes according to Andrea's instructions. But since I redesigned the nose and cockpit I believe two cakes would have been sufficient. I printed out the templates on Andrea's website for the plane. The nose cone is 2 pieces of cake stacked. The shape is a freehanded semi-circle.
[caption id="attachment_738" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Bare bones plane"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_740" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Added a different nose and cockpit than Andrea\'s design"][/caption]
Andrea's design of the cockpit calls for two pieces of cake fitted together like a puzzle piece, but since I had so much extra cake I simply cut a piece that was oblong and then shaved down near the back end. For the tail I used a graham cracker covered in frosting.
I put some colored frosting into a ziploc bag and snipped off the end to write on the cake and add the white for the cockpit.
[caption id="attachment_741" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The wing numbers are his initials and B4 (birthday 4)"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_742" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The number 4 seemed to be an appropriate tail number"][/caption]