Airplane Cake for Baby Showers

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Today, we're going to show you how to make an adorable Airplane Cake for baby showers!

Teddy Bear Airplane Cake

You will learn to create an airplane from fondant using a simple template, as well as the teddy bear, flags, clouds, and other fun details.

We created our design on a double barrel cake (tall cake as in our carousel cake with supports and cake board halfway up).

However, with a few small adjustments this design could be used on sheet cakes, tiered cakes, and other tier sizes as well.

Materials for Teddy Airplane Cake

For this cake, we used a 6 inch double barrel cake. This is 4 six inch cake layers with a cake cardboard halfway up, and 5 bubble tea straw supports beneath. The design would be great for cakes of any size. We frosted the cake in our classic vanilla buttercream frosting.

Fondant with Tylose Powder Kneaded into it (or gum paste) for the plane- If adding tylose powder to fondant, just add until the fondant seems to change consistency a bit. It will dry more quickly and firmer.

Fondant for the flags


Gum Paste (or fondant with tylose powder kneaded into it) if making a number cake topper

Piping tips: Tip 3 for the piped white line around the cake, Tip 10 or 12 for Clouds and cutting out polka dots for cake topper

Coloring gels: I used Wilton Leaf Green, Americolor Lemon Yellow, Super Red (I actually used pre-tinted Red Satin Ice Fondant)

Teddy Bear Airplane Cake Design Notes

Dry Time: Our airplane dried for about an hour or two before we applied it to the cake. That was plenty of time since it was supported almost entirely in back by the cake. We used pre-colored Red Satin Ice fondant with tylose powder kneaded into it. Tylose powder is optional but it sets up more quickly.

Fondant Thickness: I rolled the red fondant to about ⅛ inch thickness before cutting it out with the template and allowing to dry on parchment paper.

Tylose Glue I often use "tylose glue" as my edible adhesive when working when attaching fondant or gum paste pieces together.

It is just a mixture of tylose powder with a small amount of warm water. If you don't have tylose powder, you can also use piping gel as glue or even just lightly dampening fondant will make it tacky enough to bond.

You can do this by eyeballing it- but we do have an actual recipe post if you'd like to see! Tylose Glue Recipe: Edible Sugar Glue

Alternate: Plane Cake Topper- If your plane was a cake topper instead (and wouldn't have the support of the cake behind it) you would need to make and allow to dry it a couple of days in advance to be on the safe side.

You would need to use either gum paste, or to knead enough tylose powder into the fondant to feel a change in consistency so that the fondant takes on the properties of gum paste. (dries more quickly and much firmer)

We used a teddy bear, but all sorts of animals would be cute driving the plane ;0) Or you could even make a simple little boy or girl's face.

Making a Number Cake Topper for the Cake

I had this on hand already. I like to make number toppers with either gum paste or if using fondant, it needs to have a good amount of tylose powder kneaded into it so that it is strong.

Since the "1" that I had on hand was white, but I needed red for today's cake, I just applied a thin layer of red fondant on top of it. If you do a lot of number toppers, keep this tip in mind ;0) - It's nice to have a stockpile of commonly used numbers dried and ready.

We have a free video tutorial on creating number cake toppers if you would like to see! How to Make Number and Letter Cake Toppers

Learn how to make an adorable airplane cake in this cake decorating video! Perfect for young birthdays and baby showers!

More Teddy Bear Cake Videos

We love teddy bear cakes and have made several video tutorials featuring them over the years! Here are a few of of our favorite free teddy bear tutorials!

These simple cake designs would all be so cute for young birthdays, baby showers, and more!

Teddy Bear Gift Box Cake

Teddy Bear and Rainbow Baby Shower Cake

Teddy Bear and Balloon Cake

Sailboat and Teddy Bears Cake

Camping Cake

Classic Bow & Teddy Bear Cake Video

Sweet Teddy Bear (in a dress) Cake

More Cake Recipes

This cake design would be adorable on cakes of any size, and with any recipe! Some of our favorite recipes are our orange cake recipe, strawberry cake, almond cake, and lemon velvet cake.

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