Celebrate a toddler's birthday with an airplane cake.
Oh, there are beautiful decorated birthday cakes in the bakeries and on the web sites of people who make them at home. You shudder at the prices, but don't think you can make such a complicated cake as the airplane cake your birthday boy wants. Think again. It's as easy as bake, cut, assemble and frost -- kind of like arts and crafts. Not only will you be able to make an adorable birthday party cake, the cost involves only two cake mixes and some powdered sugar. You most likely have the other ingredients and tools in the kitchen already.
1Mix a cake mix in a mixing bowl according to the package instructions. Pour the batter evenly into two round cake pans. Bake the cakes at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean in each cake. Let the cakes cool completely.
2Pour two 1-pound boxes of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Add two tablespoons of softened margarine and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Put two tablespoons of milk into the bowl and begin mixing. Remember to put the beaters of the mixer into the ingredients before turning it on to avoid a powdered-sugar shower. Add a little bit of milk as you mix the frosting until the mixture is a good spreadable consistency.
3Divide the frosting into small bowls, one for each color you plan to use. Tint each bowl of frosting with food coloring or frosting tints. Stir each bowl of frosting until the color is well mixed.
4Cut one cake in half. Frost the top of one of the halves with any color of icing, using a spatula. Place the other half on top of the frosted one, matching up the rounded edges. Set the double layer up on the flat bottom onto a cake plate, with the rounded cake edges facing upward. Frost this section of cake in the color you want for the main body of the airplane.
5Cut the second cake into equal quarters. Place one of the quarters flat on the cake plate about one-third of the distance back from what will be the front end of the plane. Push a flat edge against the airplane body with the other flat edge facing toward the back end of the plane. Repeat on the other side of the plane with another cake quarter for a second wing. Frost these front wings whatever color you wish to match the airplane body.
6Slice the rounded edge of both of the remaining cake quarters to make rectangles. Place the short end of one rectangle on each side at the back end of the airplane. Push the rectangles against the cake and frost the back wings in the colors you wish.
7Create windows and decorations on the airplane as desired, using other colors of frosting.
- Poke toothpicks at an angle from each wing and into the body part of the cake to help hold the wings on.If you will have several children at your party, consider making two airplane cakes, or frost cupcakes to match the cake colors. Place an airplane cake decoration on top of each cupcake.
Things You'll Need
- Cake mix
- Mixing bowl
- Round cake pans
- Powdered sugar
- Electric or hand mixer
- Small bowls
- Cake plate