When I think of an airplane cake, my mind conjures up something more suitable for a little boy, so when a friend requested an airplane birthday cake for her almost-30 boyfriend, I couldn't help but wonder how I would make something that was more appropriate for a grown man than a 5-year old.
After a lot of deliberation, I realized that the colors of the cake make a huge impact on the age appropriateness, so there would be no sky blue buttercream with fluffy white clouds and green grass. Just white, black and grey, clean and simple.
She had requested red velvet cake with any kind of frosting, so I whipped up vanilla bean buttercream since I love how the tiny black speckles look.
I used a mini cookie dough cutter to cut airplanes out of fondant that I'd colored a very dark grey, and cut a banner free-hand out of lighter grey fondant, which I wrote on with a black edible marker after drying the fondant.
With monochromatic colors and the fighter planes circling the cake and pulling the happy birthday banner across the top, I thought it was sort of like Top Gun meets Cake. Which is totally sexy, in my opinion.