Airplane Cake

I love a challenge, so every year for my children’s birthdays I ask them what kind of cake they want and then I deliver! No matter what the request, I have always made their dream cake, for that year, a reality. As they get older their requests are becoming more specific and challenging! Today is my sons 10th birthday and he has been telling me for days that he wants an airplane cake, chocolate and coconut. Last night I took on the task. I made a large chocolate sheet cake, took it out of the oven and let it cool in the pan. Using a piece of wax paper that I had cut to be the same shape as the cake, I made a stencil of an airplane. Before turning the cake out onto a large tray, I set the stencil on top of the cake and cut out my airplane shape. When I turned the cake out of the pan it was then easy to take off all the edges to reveal my airplane! I then, lined up all of the extra scraps on top of the airplane (kind of like putting together a puzzle) to make the cake taller. For the tail fin (is that what it’s called?) I cut out a triangle piece from the scraps, set it up right and stuck a tooth pick in to hold it up. I frosted the cake with a coconut buttercream frosting and then made windows with shapes I cut out from fruit roll ups and stripes with peel apart twizzlers candy. Airplane done!

Airplane cake

3 cups of sugar

2 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups of milk

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 18×12 inch sheet pan with nonstick spray and set to the side. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and then add the water. Whisk thoroughly, then pour into prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes. To make a coconut buttercream frosting, simply whisk together 1 stick of room temperature butter with 2 lbs. of powdered sugar and about a 1/2 cup of coconut milk (give or take a little depending on how thick you like it). Decorate with candy! Before serving I placed shredded coconut all around the plane, so it looks like it’s up in the clouds!

Airplane Cake

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