Helicopter Cake

There’s a special story behind each cake, and this one is no exception. This cake is about  a proposal. Not just any proposal, but Kirt and Meagan’s proposal after a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon! Can you say a swept-off-your-feet type of experience?

Here’s a pic of Meagan and Kirt after their moment:

Now that’s happiness. 🙂

The helicopter itself is the N137PH Eurocopter from Papillion Grand Helicopters:

01. Engagement1

It’s not everyday I get the chance to recreate such a special scene and to create a helicopter cake…

02. Gumpaste Figure

03. Sugar Cake Figure

06. Cake Planning

The making of the helicopter cake was an incredible process. This was by far, one of the most structurally challenging cakes I have done so far. Not only was it making the cake, but it felt like recreating the helicopter itself. The entire cake itself measured 3 feet long, and the planning alone took the most time. Many components such as the base, main rotor, tail and tail rotor couldn’t be made out of cake and needed careful consideration.

It all came together the day before the wedding:

07. Cake Template

08. Chocolate Helicopter Cake

09. Cake Structure

I learned a number of techniques to create the internal structure of this cake from Mike McCarey’s Cake Structure Class as well as his Cakenology DVD. I found myself reviewing many of my notes and photos from his class. A kind thank you to the amazing Mike for putting this information out there. Check out his cakes here.

And thank you to Kim and Janis for the help on this cake – their talents never cease to amaze me.

12. Crumb Coat

13. Fondant Helicopter

19. Calgary Cake Artist

20. Helicopter Cake

24. Airplane Wedding Cake

30. Engagemnet Cake

Thank you to Simply Brooke Photography for this sweet photo of the cake cutting (pun intended):

31. cakecutting

It astonishes me everyday what cake really represent. This was a tangible, edible, symbol of love and happiness – from their hearts… and into their bellies!

Here’s a slideshow of the process. Enjoy!:

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Canoe Cake

There is a really sweet story behind this lake themed cake…. For their engagement, David had surprised Felicity by proposing to her while they were on a canoe in Moraine Lake – a very stunning glacier-fed lake!

This was their cake was for their wedding – where they have since returned to the mountains to get married.

I know this may sound funny, but I especially had a really great time making the rocks! The larger rocks were made of cake, and were covered in buttercream and then in fondant. The smaller rocks were made of just fondant. After hand shaping the rocks,  rough texture was added by using an craft knife. Airbrushing really helped bring out the texture – they were first painted in a thin coat of black, then dabbed with a clean cotton dishcloth to create more texture.

Congratulations David & Felicity!