My son has a yellow toy fire truck so he wanted a yellow fire truck cake for his 3rd birthday. I used the information I saw on a Betty Crocker kitchen's video at Howdini. But, I didn't follow their instructions exactly. I used one huge loaf pan. I cut off part of it for the cabin, then I carved out a piece from the end to make that connecting area between the cabin and the bed of the truck.
I used the piece I carved out to sit on top to make the area for the windows which I turned into eyes. I really liked the way that turned out. I thought it had more of a face that way. My biggest regret about the piece was the sloppy work on the "chrome". It was black instead of gray, and it was just laid down sloppily. (My son was bugging me, LOL!)
If I do it again someday, I will do it much neater and not color it too darkly. I used gum drops for the lights and I used a piece of red licorice for the smiling mouth. (I carved the ends a bit to make it smile.) Not perfect, but my son loved it.
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This Firetruck Retirement Cake was actually made for a Captain who was retiring from the work force. His lovely wife asked for a carrot cake because that was his favorite cake! The base was made and iced with cream cheese frosting. Once is set up the fondant was added and refrigerated. The truck was constructed out of Styrofoam and the fondant was cut and added using royal icing as 'glue'.
As the pieces dried, I added more details and allowed them to dry. The figure of the Fireman is made completely out of fondant. It was done over a week as the pieces need to dry and become firm. I used graph paper to free hand construct his suit and 'glued' them on using edible clear paste. His teeth are anatomically correct (only because I work in a dental office)!
Dowling was placed in the cake under each wheel and the figure of the fireman. A small amount of royal icing was placed under the fireman's feet and each wheel and then placed in the refrigerator until it was time to deliver the cake.
What fun it was to see his face when the cake was delivered to the fire hall on his very last shift!
This cake was made for my youngest son's 4th birthday party which had a firetruck theme.
My husband built a platform with wooden wheels and painted it black. I baked my cake in a regular 11" x 15" pan, then cut approx. 2" across the top of it. I then cut the rest of the cake lengthways down the middle. I stacked the two long pieces on top of each other, crumb coated them, cut the 2" piece in half and placed the pieces side by side on the top. I star-tipped the entire cake, added red coloring to the icing and then, to enhance the color, sprayed it red.
I outlined and filled in windows, outlined ladders and made buttons. We used the flashing LED lights that go on children's bicycle tires and lights for the top of the firetruck. This firetruck was a BIG hit with the kids.
My son loves the movie Cars and also loves fire trucks so it made sense to try to replicate "Red" the fire truck from the movie. The Red the fire truck from Cars cake is supported on plywood with dowel axles and wheels that roll.
The wheel wells were round cardboard boxes purchased at a craft store and cut to size. Chocolate cake covered in store-bought red fondant (because it's hard to get a good red colour when making at home). The side panels and ladder of the truck are solid chocolate which I poured into a homemade mold. The accessories were all gum paste covered in silver lustre.
Lots of work but worth it to see the look on my son's face!
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