This 3rd birthday fire truck cake was my first attempt at a specialty cake for my son's birthday. Since I am not very knowledgeable regarding baking cakes, I did a lot of online searching for tips. Here are some of the ones that really helped me.
1. I used store bought mix, but found recipes that added instant pudding to make the cake more dense which helps with shaping. I also used some wood dowels and did not put too much frosting between layers.
2. This cake served about 50 people (it was a half a sheet plus a 8x8 pan). I think the larger size was easier to work with.
3. I wrapped and froze the cake before cutting and putting the first layer of frosting.
4. By using mostly frosting with some things such as the ladder and windows in fondant, the cake had a good look along with tasting good.
5. I made the ladders a week earlier and air dried them so they did not bend on the cake.
6. Rather than try and replicate a toy, I used some star cake tips for decorating to give the truck a birthday cake look. This also helped me with not having to make completely straight lines in frosting.
7. I kept the cake refrigerated until it was served to make sure the frosting did not sag.
I used the tips on the Family Fun website to make this fire engine cake for my son's 3rd birthday. It was a very easy cake to make and my son really enjoyed looking at it for it ages. The more sweets you can pack on the better!
You bake a rectangular cake and then cut it into pieces (see website) to get the fire engine shape. I used ready-made frosting, dyed with red or black where necessary. To decorate, I used M&M's, jellytots, jelly sweets, Oreos, mini eggs, allsorts, licorice, and some pink toffee stick for the ladder. You just have to look around and see what is available.
I also made some fire engine 'edibles'. I filled an ice cream cone (cup cake variety) with little sweets and then stuck it upside down on a round (Marie) biscuit. I then used icing to make a smiley face, stick sweets around the side, and stick a ready made icing fire-engine on the top. You can use whatever ready-made icing characters they have at your local baking shop.
We also had the fire engine come and put the sweets in a fire hat.
I made this 2nd firetruck birthday cake for my grandson's 2nd birthday because his grandpa and mother are volunteer firefighters and he loves to ride on the fire trucks.
I started by making several sheet cakes then cutting and stacking them to the desired shape. I placed small dowels in the middle of the cab to keep it stable. I got my ideas for this cake from this same web site by taking ideas from several cakes and combining them.
I used ding dongs covered in buttercreme icing for the wheels and also used dowels to hold the wheels on. The cake is placed on a board covered with tin foil with legs under it to hold it up off the ground. Black licorice was used for the fire hoses on the side (I placed toothpicks through the licorice to be sure hoses stayed in place and gum drops for the lights on top and M&Ms for the reflector lights.
I decorated the tool box separately and placed it on the truck after all was decorated. I had two other parents want me to make their children the same cake for their child’s birthday.