I made this Fire Engine Birthday Cake for my grandson on his 5th birthday. He wanted a fire engine; His party was at a Fire Station in Burtonsville, Md. The fire engines at Burtonsville fire department are white so that's why I made the cake white. I used box cake mix.
I made two cakes in a 13in. by 9in. pan, cooled them, wrapped snuggly in plastic wrap, and placed in a freezer. After they were stiff enough, I removed them, leveled the tops then cut one in half length wise. The second cake, I cut two equal size pieces approximately 5in. by 7in. inches for the front of the cake, and then carved the front of the cake. A small piece was cut to raise the top slightly. I used butter cream frosting between layers and covered with fondant. I cut circles out of the left over cake and covered with fondant. Homemade fondant tastes best. I made many colors of fondant for various pieces.
The little details on the engine were made of fondant and some pastiage. The ladder on top and the sign were made from pastiage. The fire man was made from gum paste. Anything made with gum paste needs several days to dry and paste together. I think a different kind of cake would have held up better. Fondant is a little heavy for box cake so the finished cake seemed to be smaller than when I started.
This is my first fire truck cake. I used the 12x18 sheet pan - I made 2 cakes (4 cake mixes). I cut each cake in half and filled it with buttercream. The bottom layer has dowels for supports and a cake cardboard is in the middle for extra support.
Most of the decorations I made ahead of time with royal icing. When it was dry I painted them with shimmer dust and vodka (you can use a clear vanilla). The wheels are krispy kreme doughnuts. I bought mini doughnuts to use but they were way too small. After placing them in the cake I piped the black stars with tip #18.
This fire truck cake is made from two 10 inch square cakes. I cut one cake in half and stacked it to make the back. I cut the other cake in half and stacked and cut it to make the front and the middle. Each piece was individually iced in white and chilled in the fridge. I did the back in red icing first
Then attached the middle and did that section in gray. I attached the front and did that in red. Some of the accents and writing were added before the red, some of them were added after.
This Fire Truck Cake was such fun. I used a raised board to make it look like it was up off the ground. I carved the cake and covered in fondant with fondant accents. I put a flashing light on the top of the engine.
It was a hit at the party. The little boy didn't even think it was a cake! Next time I'll try to get a siren too.