I was inspired by the many Fire Engine Birthday Cakes on this site and when my 3 year old son asked for a "fire truck" cake, I hoped it would be less daunting than I thought, and it was.
I baked 2 standard loaf cakes and 2 mini loaf cakes. I wrapped the 2 mini loaf cakes in foil and used as the centre "engine" before attaching the 2 loaf cakes at the front and back. I used ordinary butter icing but had to use 2 bottles of colouring and powdered colouring to get the deep red (which I still found too pink).
I didn't realise that the taste of the icing would be so horrible thereafter:(beware the colouring you use- I certainly learned from my mistake). I used liquorish as a border around the truck and coloured sweets for lights and knobs.
We tied a green lace around pretzel sticks to create the desired effect of the fire hose and used one on the board as well from the "Lego" fire hydrant. The ladders were also "Lego" pieces that were just attached to the cake. Windows were cut from tin foil and Oreo biscuits were used as wheels.
It all took shape eventually and my 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter were both very helpful with their own inspiring ideas.
When my little boy turned three, he knew exactly what kind of party he wanted...A Fire Engine Party! Of course the first thing I did was to come to this site and search for great cake ideas. Thankfully, there was a ton of fire engine cakes to see. I gathered a few ideas for this Fire Engine Birthday Cake from different cakes and this is what I came up with. It was time consuming but so much fun to see the engine come to life. The look on my little boys face when he first saw the cake made it well worth every minute I spent working on it.
To make the cake, I cooked two rectangular cakes. I cut and stacked them to get the shape of the fire engine. The red icing was the most difficult part. I used an entire tub of red food coloring and then added just a dab of black food coloring to get to the deep red (just a note, the icing color gets a little deeper if you store it overnight). I used different kinds of candy for the lights and hoses. We even got a real fire engine to come to our house for the guests to see. It was the coolest party ever!
At first I had to look online to get some tips for a Fire Engine Birthday Cake, I found the Betty Crocker website to be very helpful in terms of how to spread icing on easily and without too much mess (especially when working with red icing!).
I made 3 rectangular sized tins of vanilla sponge. Once cooled I cut each sponge in half horizontally and then filled with jam and vanilla butter icing (ended up with three layers). I then cut the top right corner off for the windshield.
I used Toffee Pop cookies for the wheels. Mixed black icing paste into the vanilla icing to create the grey colour. Used vanilla icing for the windshield, red colored vanilla icing for the body. With a plastic bag (I didn't have a piping bag) I applied the icing and then with a pallet knife I was able to smooth the icing over. This was the tip I got off the Betty Crocker website so helpful.
I used cut up jube lollies for the lights and buttons, licorice string for the hose and tangy orange rods (cut up into 1/4's) for the ladder.
I had two mini fireman candles and a star to 'adorn' the engine.