Turn a plain cake into an extraordinary one by decorating it to look like a helicopter. Whether celebrating a little boy's birthday, the return of a chopper-flying military personnel, or sending a loved one off to flight school, a cake decorated to look like a helicopter can help commemorate the occasion. From flat to shaped cakes, learn how to take your cake to new heights by decorating it with a whimsical or realistic-looking helicopter.
Find a simple image of a helicopter on the Internet. Print the image out. Place tracing paper over the image and trace the outline and major characteristics of the helicopter with a black marker. Cut the image out of the tracing paper.
Ice the cake. Scoop 1/2 to 1 cup of white or light-coloured buttercream icing onto a layered or sheet cake. Spread the icing over the surface and sides of the cake with an icing knife. Dip the knife into hot water, dry it off and carefully run it over the surface of the iced cake to smooth out lumps.
Place the cut image of the helicopter on the cake, but do not pressit into the icing. With a tube of gel icing, trace the outline of the helicopter.
Remove the tracing paper image and place it nearby. Continue drawing the outline of windows, blades or logos in gel icing. Fill the shapes with various colours of gel icing according to taste. Leave space toward the top or bottom of the cake to write the recipient's name or to include a personalised message.
Bring a helicopter-shaped cake to life by decorating with fondant. Place the shaped caked on a turn table.
Scoop a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of icing on the top of the cake. Spread the buttercream in a thin layer over the surface and sides of the cake with an icing knife.
Knead the fondant. Make the fondant easier to roll by kneading it lightly with your hands. If the dough feels sticky, add a small amount of confectioner's sugar to even out the consistency of the dough.
Dust a work surface with confectioner's sugar. Roll the dough with a rolling pin out to the size of your cake.
Lift the fondant carefully and arrange it on top of your shaped cake. Use a rounded confectionery shaping tool to press the fondant to the cake. Use a sharp knife to cut away the excess fondant.
Decorate with more fondant. Drop 2 to 3 drops of food colouring to small portions of fondant and knead thoroughly. Gray, blue and red fondant can bring out the details of a helicopter cake. Roll out thin sheets of the coloured fondant pieces and cut out shapes to represent windows, trim and other identifying features.
Brush the back of each shape with a small amount of water. Pat the cut fondant pieces onto the shaped cake with confectionery tools. Use buttercream icing to pipe out a personalised message or to add intricate details.
Make sure to roll the fondant out evenly to avoid a lumpy-looking cake. Add more confectioner's sugar to your work surface as you roll out your fondant to avoid sticking.
Once the fondant is placed on the cake, avoid touching it with your hands. Touching the fondant can leave unsightly fingerprint marks on the cake's surface.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure to roll the fondant out evenly to avoid a lumpy-looking cake.
- Add more confectioner's sugar to your work surface as you roll out your fondant to avoid sticking.
- Once the fondant is placed on the cake, avoid touching it with your hands. Touching the fondant can leave unsightly fingerprint marks on the cake's surface.