I made this fire engine cake for my son's 3rd birthday with the help of my sisters for decorating and it was a real hit! I used a basic chocolate butter cake recipe to bake 2 loaf tin cakes. I then followed the family fun video (http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/display?id=50131)to cut out the shape of the cake and got ideas for the decorating from looking at this site.
It's really important to get red colour paste to ensure that you get the right shade of red, the liquid colouring will only give you a pink however much you use and tastes horrible! I used Wilton No Taste Red colour, which you can get online from cake decorating suppliers.
This fire engine birthday cake was the second cake I made from the movie Cars. It was made for my son's 3rd birthday. He wanted "Red" the fire engine. It was a chocolate cake covered in marshmallow fondant.
I used almond bark for the ladder and side panels of the truck. The wheels were wooden wheels purchased at Hobby Lobby. I used the wheels with dowel rod axles to support the cake board and lift the cake off of the ground.
The other fixtures on the truck were made from fondant and gum paste. I used silver luster dust for the metallic surfaces.
I made this fire engine cake for my son's 3rd birthday. I used 2 loaf pans for the fire engine and cake that is holding the candle. I cut one of the loaf pan cakes in half.
I put 1/2 of the cake on top of the other loaf pan and iced it red for the engine. The other half of the cake has the candle. The fireman is made using Wilton's small 3D bear pan. The fire hose is red liquorice string with a piece of iridescent ribbon. The ladders are made out of cookies.