My son REALLY wanted a fire truck birthday party and a fire truck cake to go with it. I searched the internet for ideas. I baked an 11x15 yellow cake and cut it in half the long way. Then I cut about 3 inches off the ends of the long pieces. The two long pieces were stacked to make the truck body and then the two small pieces were stacked side by side on top of the long pieces to make the cab. I covered it with red frosting first then piped on the black. I combined the black with some extra white to make gray and then piped on the gray. Then I put the white icing on top to attach the "lights" and piped in the windows (it's easier to do the outline of the windows in gray before filling it in with white). I colored the remaining frosting yellow to add the rest of the accents as well as the writing. I used oreos for the wheels, licorice for the "ladder", M&Ms for the controls, Juju Bees for the lights on top and Mike & Ikes for the tail lights. Everything else is frosting. Make sure you have a sturdy base to put it on. I used doubled up, thick cardboard and covered it with foil. My son loved it!!
For my son's second birthday, I set out to make a fire truck cake. Not being as ambitious as some of the other moms on this site, I decided to stick to a 2-D version, but still wanted it to be shaped like a fire truck.
I used two cake mixes in a 9"x13" pan, and then cut out the shape of a fire truck. (To make it easier to get the cake out, I lined it with foil first.) I used Wilton's tube of red icing for the body of the fire truck and a tube of black icing for the tires. Neither tasted funny or were bitter. I also used regular vanilla frosting for some of the detail, like the windows and the ladder.
I outlined the tires with pieces of black licorice to give it more of a realistic texture. I also added some red sprinkles to give it more of a shiny look. My son absolutely loved it. And for days, he would say "cake" and "whoo whoo".
I enjoyed making the Fire Truck Birthday Cake, and the kids loved it!
I used a few ideas off this site to put it all together. I bought a plain sponge cake, cut it into pieces, glued it together with icing, iced it red, and it looked like a fire truck already!
The wheels are Oreo's. I used liquorish and smarties on the sides, sweets on top, and the rest is icing.
What I did wrong was to ice the whole cake red the night before, and I wanted to do the rest the following morning. The next day the icing dried already, and the Oreo's, liquorish and smarties didn't want to stay on the cake. I had to put a second layer of red icing on the cake before I could continue. Luckily you learn from your mistakes, I hope you can learn of mine.
This homemade fire truck cake was made for a younger boys birthday. The lights on the front of the truck actually light. I painted them with red food coloring. The other lights are actually gummy bears cut in half, they looked just like the orange and yellow lights on top of the cab. The cake was carved out of yellow pound cake with buttercream icing.
I made this Fire Truck Birthday Cake after stacking cakes to get the right look for a fire truck. After coming as close as I could, I covered the truck in red Wilton's fondant and covered the control panel in grey fondant. I made the wheels out of gumapaste. I painted the control panel components with a shimmering silver luster dust.