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