My younger boy turns 5 years old in January. Every year, I would bake a special theme cake to mark this special occasion. For now, both boys love being pilots – thanks to Daddy’s unfulfilled childhood ambition of being a pilot. They were inspired after playing the flight simulator on Nintendo, and were always eyeing their Daddy’s sizeable collection of miniature aeroplanes from various airlines in the glass cabinet.
After looking at various globe cakes on the internet, I drafted my design on paper and start out on my first prototype using whipped cream. Unfortunately, the whipped cream couldn’t hold the design very well and started to melt into a mess. The fondant clouds were slipping off the globe in the hot weather. So I switched my recipe to using buttercream which gives more texture and gives a better hold onto the land masses and fondant clouds. My third and final attempt of the cake was decorated with the land masses according to the world map. It makes it much more realistic to look at.
Needless to say, I stole the aircraft from the Daddy’s collection and found this to be of the correct size for my cake. The cake toppers were recycled pieces from last year’s celebration and the number 5 candle was bought off a store.
I struggle to take a perfect photo of the birthday boy with a smiling face. But it turns out that this photo captures the best emotion of the day – the annoyed look on his face is just so cute! He had his yellow little crown since he was a baby. And we used it every year on his birthday.
I used a butter cake recipe for the globe. The chocolate version of this cake was not popular with the boys.