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« on: March 23, 2008 02:24:17 AM »

This is a birthday cake for my hubby, who is a pilot in his spare time.
I used the pound cake recipe from Joy of Cooking, and it baked up wonderfully.  The mace really added a good flavor to the cake.   I used Wilton's standard butter cream frosting (1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 cup butter, vanilla extract, 4 cups of powdered sugar, 4 tbs milk), and piped most of it on with a pastry bag.  When I spread the frosting on, I added a bit of light corn syrup to thin it down.

This was my first try with fondant, and I used it for the arms, hands, propeller, and facial features.  The camera really emphasized the cornstarch remains on the fondant; when seen in normal light, you don't even notice it.  The propeller, wings, and tail have a base of plastic (from a strawberry container).  The propeller was covered in fondant, and it attaches with a toothpick, which allows it to move nicely.  The wings were given a coat of frosting before piping on the filling stars on the top/visible edges.











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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2008 03:09:32 AM »

fantastic cake!
what a great idea  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2008 02:58:29 PM »

Oh my goodness - that's BRILLIANT!!   Grin
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buttercream can fix anything!


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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2008 12:53:35 PM »

You did a wonderful job on the cake-I love the pilots face and hair.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2008 10:20:15 PM »

Thanks for the compliments.  The pilot head actually resembles my husband's Wii character, so it was extra amusing.

The kids loved the fondant bits, and we nearly had a fight over who would eat the prop and who would eat the duck.  I thought having 2 fondant arms would be enough to avoid a sugar conflict, but I was wrong.  Oops.

The cake was good, but a bit on the dense/dry side.  The frosting was really sweet, and while it looked cool, it didn't meld well with the pound cake.  Any recommendations on a less sweet frosting that still holds its shape nicely when piped?
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008 10:11:39 AM »

The recipe I use for buttercream icing is 1 cup shortening, 4 cups 10x sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract, 4-6 tablespoons milk OR water.  The milk or water can be more or less, depending on your desired consistency.  The salt cuts the sweetness, and really helps with the flavor.
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