A bride asked me to do a cake for her rehearsal dinner. She asked if I could do a three dimensional firetruck cake. I had never done one but why not.
I used two 1/4 sheet pound cakes. I thought that regular cake would not be strong enough to keep the shape, especially when I started icing. I started by cutting the shape of a basic firetruck. One thing afterwards that I would say is when you cut in the bumpers, seats, etc. cut them a little larger so they protrude enough to ice them. I believe I cut mine too small and they were very difficult to ice.
I put a skim coat on and let it sit a few hours covered. I then started icing, red, red, and more red. I then did the detail and trim. I wasn't sure how realistic I could make the truck so I searched high and low until I found a toy truck that I could remove parts from and attach to the truck.
My son is a fire engine fanatic! After looking around a little on the internet, I found this amazing site. I combined a few ideas and got his input as well.
The fire engine cake is actually one large 13x9 cake that I refrigerated (to cut easier later). I split it down the middle and also cut off about 4 inches on the end. I put the split long cake pieces together by putting them on their skinny sides and the extra 4 inches were put on top to help create the cab.
I iced the whole thing red and then piped in most of the details. I added the black licorice for the sides and Oreos for the tires. I also used gum drops for the lights. The white around the bottom gives it an "off the ground" feel.
The whole cake took me a good 4 hours because of all of the detail with the piping, but it was well worth it. He loved it!
I have been making cakes for about a year or so, just now and again for birthdays and such, but this was my first 3d cake. I made this 3D Fire Truck Cake for my son's 1st birthday.
I made it from one 12X18 cake cut into strips of 3X12. Each layer rested on cardboard so that when we cut it the pieces were small enough and once each layer was gone just removed the cardboard and cut into the next layer. There were wooded dowels stuck through different parts of the cake to help keep it together.
For the covering I just made homemade icing colored red and yellow and I used the star tip and made little stars all over the cake (of course this was time consuming but quite a bit cheaper that fondant). The windows and the hoses were made with fondant. The ladder was made from the little packs of stick pretzels, and the wheels where chocolate donuts.
I made an 11 x 15 x 2 sheet cake and cut it into thirds. With buttercream, I stacked the cake thirds to produce a 11 x 5 x 5 cake and crumb coated the entire thing. I removed a 2 x 5 x 1 section just before the halfway mark for the separation of the front and back of the firetruck.
I covered the entire Firetruck Birthday Cake with a layer of fondant and painted it red with food coloring and a bit of vodka. Detailing the cake with fondant was a lot of fun using a pizza cutter and various cookie cutters and scissors.
I then painted the details silver (black with silver luster dust) or black or golden yellow. The ladder on top was fondant covered kabob skewers and tooth picks. I added a yellow fire hydrant and blue buttercream for the "water" and wrote Happy 2nd birthday Connor Bear.