My son Jared loves big trucks of all kinds, for his 4th birthday he was absolutely sure that he wanted a firetruck birthday cake. I look forward to making my children a custom-ordered cake for their birthdays, so I was excited about this challenge.
To construct the cake I baked a half-sheet of cherry chip cake, 3 boxes of cake mix fill a half-sheet pan perfectly, and it bakes at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Just make sure you grease the pan REALLY well before hand and that you have a big enough cake board. Then I just cut the main rectangle for the bottom of the body and stacked 2 more smaller ones on front to make the cab and one more on back to make the ladder portion of the truck.
I found it much easier to construct by frosting each layer as I built it. I used dots for the red and yellow lights on top, black licorice for much of the border. I couldn't resist a LEGO fireman, the Twizzler's Pull n Peel fit perfectly in his hand like a fire hose! I just wrapped the Pull n Peel around a pretzel rod.
I used Oreos for the wheels and a lot of checking back with this site for ideas as I went along. For the ladder on top of the cake I just cut and frosted an extra piece of cake red, stuck it on the truck and then piped the ladder design. I had so much fun making this cake and can't wait to see Jared's reaction!
I made this Firetruck 1st Birthday Cake for my nephew's 1st birthday. It was lots of fun to make. I started with two 10" cakes, two 8" cakes and one 6" cake. I frosted all of them white. Next, I frosted the 10" cakes using the red, black and orange stripes. I also added black ladders up and down the sides of the cake. I used a toothpick to draw my lines and then I added the frosting.
On the 8" cakes, I decided to do Dalmatian spots. I used a tooth pick to draw my lines again. On the 6" cake, I frosted flames since this would be the cake that had the candle on it. I did a red outline and filled in the flames with orange. I bought the fire truck and the firemen to put on top of the cake which was also used as the birthday boy's present. I intended on using some sort of vacuum hose or something like that as the fireman's hose but what I bought didn't work, so instead I used the pipe cleaners. They worked really well as water spraying out of the hose because they would stick out and stay in place.
Finally, I just added the candle and it was finished.