Here’s an easy airplane birthday cake to make for your little pilot. It’s part of my Modern Airplane birthday party theme, and it’s super fast to make using my free printable airplane and cloud cake toppers.
I made this easy airplane birthday cake for Liam’s 3rd birthday party. I just love how simple and graphic and classy it turned out! And Liam loved how the airplanes looked like they were flying in the clouds.
I decorated the cake board with tiny paper clouds, ribbon, and glitter scrapbook paper topped with contact paper and wax paper. I added yummy yogurt raisins as “little clouds” around the bottom of the cake (and just like my construction birthday cake they do a nifty job of hiding my icing mistakes).
This is the third cake that I’ve decorated using paper cut-outs: First I made an easy Super Hero birthday cake. Then there was my easy princess cake using stickers (yes, stickers). I swore long ago that I’d make my own kids’ birthday cakes but I’m still new at baking and paper cake toppers eliminate a whole bunch of stress.
Another bonus of using printable cake toppers? You can leave your cake in the refrigerator longer and pop on the cake topper just before singing happy birthday.
Supplies for making an easy airplane birthday cake:
- Kathy’s free airplane and clouds printable cake topper (PDF)
- Cardstock paper in white and colors
- White thread
- Lollipop sticks
- Yogurt raisins
- Good Paper Scissors (or a Silhouette Portrait machine)
How to make an easy airplane birthday cake:
First, bake and ice your cakes. I made a three-layer cake using 9″ pans and spread buttercream and mini-chocolate chips between the layers. I highly recommend the Cakegirls recipes for vanilla cake and buttercream, as well as their cake pans and food coloring.
Cut them out. I used my Silhouette Portrait machine that made it was super fast to cut it all, but you can also use scissors. Lay it out and glue the planes to the clouds.
Tie one end of a thread to the top of one of the lollipop sticks. Using a needle and thread, carefully connect the clouds so it looks like the planes are flying. Punch the needle in slowly to avoid creasing the paper.
I added another airplane to the back-side of the clouds too so that my cake topper was reversible. I also added the number 3 cut out in paper (again, I used my Silhouette Portrait) and you could either add it using paper or write it with a cute metallic marker.
Finally, put the cake topper into the cake and start singing.
We love you, Pilot Liam! You’re now cleared for takeoff.
Like the Modern Airplane theme? Please also check out my printable airplane personalized happy birthday banner.
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