My son is fascinated with many things…monster trucks, construction vehicles, nature, animals, and especially airplanes. He can spot a 747 or A380 from miles away and tell you the airline before you can even confirm it’s actually an airplane. For his 3rd birthday, he wanted a cake in the shape of a jumbo jet so I did what I always do…jumped on Pinterest and YouTube to find out how in the world to make such a cake. I had never used fondant before but I was feeling ambitious (and overly confident) so I decided to dive right in. You’ve gotta start somewhere, right? Anyway, here are pictures and a few details descriptions each picture. I think most people fondant is hard to work with but it’s really pretty easy. I actually think it’s easier than icing a cake with buttercream. Try using it sometime when there’s no pressure—-unlike me making the cake the night before 50 people were coming to the birthday party.
Basic 9×13 inch chocolate cakes for constructing the plane.
I layered the cake with buttercream icing and using a pairing knife started carving the cake into the shape I wanted…
Add a crumb coat…frost the entire cake with buttercream and then stick it in the frig for 30 minutes
Knead the fondant to soften it. TIP: Use cornstarch to prevent it from sticking to your cutting board. a marble slab is an ideal surface for working with fondant but any surface will work.
Roll out the fondant. You’ll need enough to cover the length of your cake. As my dad always says, “Measure TWICE, cut ONCE”. You’ll want the fondant to be longer so that you can tuck it under the cake and cut it with a utility knife.
Press the fondant onto the buttercream and smooth with your hands. Cut the fondant with a utility knife.
Cake after you trim the fondant. The edges should be clean and straight. Take your time!
To make the wings, I shaped white fondant into two large triangles with my hands. I did the same for the smaller wings, too.
I used blue fondant to create the rudder and used a toothpick to hold it in place.
I used fondant letter molds to create the message on the cake. Tip: Let the letters dry for about 20 minutes before adhering them to the fondant on the cake. When you are ready to stick them on the cake lightly brush water on the back of the letter and hold it in place for 10 seconds until it sticks.
This was the very FIRST time I used fondant and it was pretty easy. My advice is to watch YouTube videos to gain confidence, take your time, and HAVE FUN! Seriously, if I can do it, you can do it!