I wanted to do a cake for a little fan of Firemen Sam but I wanted to do more than just the Fire truck so I thought of creating a scene wherein Fireman Sam is in action with his fire truck trying to control a house on fire.
First of all I covered a large board with green fondant and then I did a grey fondant stripe and placed across the board so that it looks like a road. Fireman Sam and the truck were not the first time that I did them and I found one of Debbie Brown's books very helpful.
I placed the truck on the left side of the board and place fireman Sam next to it. I wanted to write the birthday boy's name and had the idea to write it with blue fondant so that it looks as if the writing was made with the water coming out of the pipe and to make this more realistic I added also some drops.
For the house I did a rectangular cake, cut it into 4 pieces and put them on top of each other. I cut the top piece to form the slanted roof. I covered the whole cake with beige fondant and the roof with brown fondant then with a ruler I marked the whole cake to make it look like bricks.
I made the door and windows out of fondant pieces and also placed the yellow and red fondant pieces at the windows to make them look like fire coming out of the windows. Finally I added some touches like the flowers, the road marks, some trees and a chimney.
The birthday boy was extremely happy with the cake and really wanted to move the truck up and down the road!!.
This cake was not technically a birthday cake, but it was still very appreciated by my husband and his fellow firefighters! I wanted to experiment with a fondant recipe so I created a fun cake for the guys at the station. The helmet has their station number. This cake was 1 box chocolate cake mix with chocolate fudge frosting as the filling. I iced it in buttercream and covered it in marshmallow fondant. Both the buttercream and fondant recipes are from the Wilton website. They are easy recipes to follow and the icing and fondant work very well. They taste great too. The flames are purchased red fondant and yellow decorator icing. I used an exacto-knife to cutout the flames. I used a dampened paper towel to brush a little moisture onto the back of the flames and they attached with no problem. It is important that the fondant not become soggy or it will lose shape and the color will run everywhere. I made the marshmallow fondant the night before and allowed it to set up in the refrigerator. It was very hard and difficult to knead the next day so I microwaved it for about 20 seconds creating enough warmth to get me started. It worked perfectly then and created a professional and clean look. I don't like the taste of package fondant, but this was surprisingly yummy. It tasted like marshmallow flavored taffy and it is now the fondant recipe I use! The firefighters loved the cake!