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Airplane Birthday Cake

Today was Destructaboy’s 2nd birthday and he is crazy about airplanes. I’d seen a few cakes on Pinterest that I loved the look of so decided to give this theme a shot. I love how it turned out!

I made a 3 layer chocolate cake using my usual recipe (this needs to be put in the fridge before frosting because its super soft), did a really good crumb coat with chocolate frosting before moving onto the fondant. I made the bi-plane earlier in the week to give it some time to set.

Chocolate Cake

Beat for at least 5 minutes:
300g sugar (1.5 cups)
4 eggs
half tsp vanilla

Mix well:
30g cocoa (3 heaped dessert spoons)
3/4 cup boiling water

Add the following to egg & sugar mixture and beat well:
1and1/4 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt

Then add hot cocoa and beat well.

Bake in two (or three) 20cm cake tins or one small roasting pan for about 25 mins at 180 C

Chocolate frosting

225gr butter (salted, or unsalted)
1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (best quality available)
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
200gr chocolate (I used half 70% dark chocolate and half milk chocolate)

Beat butter until completely smooth, add salt. One cup at time, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating after each addition.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or the microwave) and set aside to cool a little.
Add vanilla and beat to combine.
Add about 1 tablespoon of cream, and continue beating.
Add the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, one at a time.
Add the chocolate and stir in thoroughly.
Add an additional 1-2 tablespoons cream until desired consistency is reached.
Continue to beat another minute or so.  The frosting should now be smooth and fluffy.

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7 thoughts on “Airplane Birthday Cake

  1. Happy birthday Destructaboy!!! Can’t believe he’s two!

    Love the cake too 😀

  2. Wow, love this cake! It looks so sweet! =)

  3. lovely! well done & happy birthday to your boy!

  4. Such a stunning looking cake!! You clever person!

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