Fire Truck Cake II

I was on fire the weekend of June 14… This was the first time I ever tried making 2 cakes back-to-back and although I was pretty calm at the start of it, I was pretty much smoldering by the end of it. I didn’t realize how much harder it is to plan the time with 2 kids, though I do have an great husband who helps out as much as he can so I can pursue my hobby…errr…possibly obsession…

I also thought since this was my second try at a fire truck cake things would go much faster and more smoothly. And it did, compared to the first time I tried it. The difference was I made the cake much bigger than last time, using a full sheet instead of a half sheet. I also misplaced all of the templates I had created previously for the white chocolate ladders and hooks. Again, the most difficult part was cutting the cake into pieces to form the fire truck. Cake real estate is very precious when you only have one real chance of cutting it properly the first time around. Luckily, I was able to perform the delicate surgery without any mishaps nor badly misshapen pieces!

I was pretty happy with the final product as I think it resembles a fire truck more so than the first one I made. I originally tried to use this color scheme with the first fire truck cake I made, but gave up mid-frosting as I wasn’t too confident in my piping abilities at the time. Also, I piped the white chocolate ladders thicker this time so they would not break as they did last time (it also didn’t help to have 95°F weather to soften the chocolate). I also added a “fire hose” using white marshmallow string rolled around a white chocolate base.

I was happy the mother who asked me to make it (for her son’s 3rd birthday) liked the cake!

FYI – For directions, please click on my “recipes” tab in the home page.


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56 Comments »

  1. JUDY NORMAND Said:

    CAN YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THIS CAKE OR ONE SIMILAR. THANKS JUDY

  2. frazi Said:

    Hi, yes, I can give rough directions. I need to measure my pans and try to remember how I cut it exactly. I should have taken notes! Check back next week for directions!

    • Stephanie Said:

      Hi, I was wondering what kind of icing you used to make this cake, and also if you ‘pre iced’ it before you put the final icing on it-(some people i heard do this to get rid of some of the ‘crumbs’ on the cake. Also, wanted to know if I could make this cake 2 days in advance and it still be moist and the icing be fine 2 days later. Thank you very much!!

      • frazi Said:

        Hi Stephanie,

        So sorry for the delay. I have not been able to check my blog since my last post!

        I used a cream cheese frosting for the cake and yes, I pre-iced it. It does make a difference, so if you can, I would recommend you do it. I usually set my fridge to the highest setting and let the cake, pre-iced for about an hour and then do the final icing afterwards.

        I think the type of cake you make determines whether you can make the cake 2 days in advance. I think most cakes will be okay if you refrigerate up to the point of serving. I usually make the cake the night before and ice the day of if it is an afternoon-evening party. If it is morning party, I’ll make the cake the day before and ice that night. However, that’s me and it’s easier for me to focus and work on the cakes when the kids are sleeping.

        Hope this helps and let me know how it goes!

        Frazi

  3. marcy Said:

    HI! cna you please send me step by step directions on how to make this AMAZING cake? Thanks soooo much! You are quite the firetruck cake maker:)

  4. felic Said:

    fantastic cake. would you send me step by step direcions? my son would love this for his bithday. Thank you

  5. Lori Said:

    Where did you find the marshmallow string?

  6. frazi Said:

    Hi Lori,

    I got the marshmallow string from Party America. It comes as yellow, pink, and white marshmallow strings intertwined to form a rope. I just untwirled the white from the yellow and pink strings. You might need to get two as I found one package was not enough to make a nice, hefty hose roll.

    Good luck and send me a link of your creation!

    Frazi

  7. frazi Said:

    Hi Judy, Marcy, and Felic,

    Truck template and rough directions to come soon. Sorry for the delay.

    Thanks,
    Frazi

  8. connie Said:

    yes, I would like to have step by step directions for this cake. My son is getting married Nov. 15 2008 and we are wanting to do one of these cakes for his grooms cake as he is on our local fire department and want to surprise him.

  9. Chelsy Riddle Said:

    Hi, I ran across your blog as I too am trying to figure out how in the world to create one of these for my sons 4th bday in a couple weeks. This is the best one I have found. You did an amazing job. I would love to read more on how you created this.

  10. mudspice Said:

    OMG! My son would just die for this birthday cake. His birthday is next week. Any chance you want to FedEx a fire truck cake to me? What a superbly creative venture!
    Erika

    • frazi Said:

      Hi! Thanks for the flattering comments! I’ve never fedex’ed any cakes before… :) But if you search my website, I posted-step-by step instructions for a smaller version if you wanted to have go at it! Please feel free to email me any questions/issues you have when making it.
      I love your paintings by the way. :)
      Frazi

  11. mudspice Said:

    You definitely take the creativity in cake making to a whole level! I saw your instructions for making the fire truck cake. Thanks! We’re actually going to be in Mexico next week when it’s my son’s 3rd birthday, so we’ll see what kind of cake we can find down there. Maybe next year (if I’m brave enough!) I’ll attempt making your cake! Here’s a link with a stuffed fire truck I made for his birthday last year: http://mudspice.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/fire-trucks-and-fire-stations/. Thanks for the comment about my paintings too!

  12. Carol Gay Said:

    Please send directions for this cake. Also would that be large enough to use as a groom’s cake? Thanks.
    Carol

  13. Robin fryman Said:

    can you please send me a sep by step of everything that you done i am looking for a firetruck cake for a groomsman cake because he s a firefighter thank robin

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Carol/Robin,
      Please click on the Recipes link and it will take you to the page where I outline step-by-step instructions. You can just make the cake bigger by lengthening and increasing the height of the firetruck cake dimensions I provided. For this particular fire truck cake (I have a picture of another one, smaller), it fed about 40-50 people.
      Thanks,
      Frazi

  14. RachelJoy Said:

    Thanks so much . . . I made a successful version of this cake for my sons birthday in February. He was SO excited. It was actually easier than I expected (perhaps because I actually started several days in advance for once in my life). photo here: http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=277595228/PictureID=6987744033/a=24318270_24318270/t_=24318270

    Rachel

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Rachel,

      It looks great! :) Your son looks so happy! I’m glad you found the instructions helpful. Thanks for sharing the photo!

      Frazi

  15. Heather Said:

    I love this cake!! It is amazing? This is exactly what I want to my fiance’s cake!! He’s been a firefighter for about 2 years, and we are getting married in September :) Would you care to send me instructions on how to make it? No one where I live can make cakes that aren’t square or round, ya know, the traditional “normal” cakes. I would raelly appreciate directions!! Thanks!!

  16. frazi Said:

    Hi Heather!

    I’m glad you like it! Sorry for the late reply as I’ve been traveling on business. If you click on the recipes section, I have directions there for a smaller version. You can double it to feed more people and to make a bigger firetruck cake! Let me know if you have any questions regarding my firetruck cake directions.

    Thanks,
    Frazi

  17. kerra Said:

    What a great cake! My son is turning one next month and since I am a firefighter we are going to have his party at the station, this cake will fit in perfectly!

    • frazi Said:

      Cool! Or should I say, smokin’! Please do send a link so I know how it turns out! :)

  18. Angie Hickman Said:

    Hey can you send me step by step instructions for this amazing cake? My fiance and I are getting married in September and we are both firefighters. He would absolutley LOVE this cake.
    Thanks, and keep up the good work!

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Angie,

      Please click on the Recipes section in the blog. I have really detailed step-by-step directions. Please give it a go…before your wedding day, that is :), and let me know if you have any questions. It would be great if you could post a link to the finished cake! :)

      Frazi

  19. Cassandra Said:

    I am amazed at your talent :) I have a daughter who is wanting a firefighter cake and this is the one that she saw and asked my how to make it. She is wanting to be a firefighter when she grows up. Do you have any directions and how you made the ladder as well. Thanks a millon. I will atempt to make it on June 3rd

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Cassandra,

      You can click on the Recipes section in my blog. I give very detailed directions on how to shape the cake and make the white chocolate ladders, etc. Please feel free to send me any questions and good luck! Please come back post your firetruck cake so I can see!

      Frazi

  20. Lindsi Said:

    Could you please email me the directions to your firetruck cake? My son’s 3rd birthday is coming up next month and I would LOVE to make one for him!
    Thanks

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Lindsi,

      Please look in the recipes link in my website! Let me know if you have any questions. Please send a pix – would love to see how it turns out!

      Thanks,
      Frazi

  21. Erin Said:

    Hello,
    I love the cake to and would like to make it for my son’s second birthday in a couple weeks. I have only made a few cakes in my lifetime so I would really appreciate it if you could send me your directions.

    Many many thanks!!!
    Erin

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Erin,

      Please look in the Recipes link in my blog. Please send a pix – would love to see your version!

      Thanks,
      Frazi

  22. Kerra Said:

    Hello all,

    For those of you wondering the directions are under the recepies tab.

  23. stephanie Said:

    hi where r u from? im from san diego is there any way you could make me one of these??

  24. Jessica Moore Said:

    Hi there,
    I’ve made your original fire truck cake before, last december, for my friend’s little boy’s birthday. Everyone loved it! And everyone wanted directions on how to do it, so I directed them to your website. Thanks so much for posting it and all the detailed directions!

    Ok, so here’s my situation and question now…
    I’m trying to make this larger one for my own son’s 3rd birthday party and I’m not sure how to make it bigger. I’ve got my 4 9X13 cakes cooling in Saran wrap in the fridge now…

    I’m just not sure how to make it taller AND wider AND longer so that the proportions are correct. I could use the original directions, stacking more pieces OR I could make the pieces longer and wider. But I’m not sure how to do both! Your second one looks almost just like the first one–which makes me think you managed to make it a little taller, wider, and longer.

    Right? What am I missing here? : )
    Thanks!
    Jessica
    PS: I’ll upload pictures of both cakes and link you to them once I get this figured out! ; )

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Jessica,

      I’m so very sorry for the late reply! I was in Germany for the past 3 weeks for work and did not have time to visit my website for questions/comments nor even log into my email!

      I’m back now and just got your message. I hope you were able to get it to work out! What I did was kept the proportion the same, but increased it slightly by mulitplying by like 0.2 or something so that it was 20% larger, but in the same proportions. So, increased the width, height, and length by 20% and just cut the cake to fit that. It might be a bit harder to visualize with 4 9×13 cakes. I used a bigger pan – 18 x 26 so cutting it was a bit different than cutting from a 9×13 pan. But it is do-able.

      Please do send pictures and again, I’m so sorry for the late reply. I hope it turned out great!

      Frazi

      • Jessica Moore Said:

        Hi again!
        Thanks for the reply. Hope you had fun on your trip. I really didn’t expect you to get back to me in time for the party… I mean I posted that the night before! haha! : )
        So I ended up making the original fire truck and a fire station. I’m not sure how to send you pictures though. I don’t see a place to upload them here. They’re on Facebook. I guess I’ll post a link to that album here and maybe you can see it.
        This is the album from my son’s party a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, to get to the cake pictures, you have to scroll through a bunch of other stuff too. sorry : )

        http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=338943&id=857630502&l=385b148338

        The cakes are nowhere near perfect, the sign on the fire station is crooked and the sun was making the fire truck sag even worse that it was already. But it was fun and everyone was very impressed! : D

  25. Sheryl Said:

    This is absolutely great! I just started a cake decorating class (only 1 class so far) and I wanted to “try” to do a firetruck cake for my son’s birthday. He’ll be 20 on Thanksgiving day and he is a fireman here in Georgia. I saw several requests for step-by-step instructions on how you did this. Would you be so kind?? That would be incredible. Thanks so much!

    • frazi Said:

      Hello Sheryl,

      Please click on the “recipes” tab on my blog and you will find step by step directions.

      Have fun!
      Frazi

  26. Stephanie Said:

    I was wondering what kind of icing you used and how you kept it from getting hard on the cake as you were decorating

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I found that for icings, it will tend to harden depending on the amount of powdered sugar used. If you want a “softer” icing, use less powdered sugar. If it is a buttercream frosting, it will be more prone to melt though during warm/hot weather. For icings w/ less powdered sugar, I try to keep the cake cooled in the fridge for as long as possible before the party so it can keep it’s shape.

      Hope this helps.

      Frazi

  27. Angie Said:

    Hi there, I loved your cake photos. I was able to make a similar one using Three 9×5 inch loaf pans. It turned out great. Tell me how to upload a photo, and I will show you how it turned out. Putting the cake up on blocks was key – the wheels looked so perfect!
    Thanks for all of your help and encouragement, Jacob’s Mom.

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Angie,

      I’m so glad it turned out great! Yes, I’d love to see it! :)

      If it’s okay, can you send me a link to your pictures of the cake? I’ll send you my email also, so you can send there as well.

      Frazi

  28. Angela Said:

    Can you please send me the instructions on how to do this awesome cake.Thanks

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Angela,

      Please look at the links on the side of the blog. I have directions for the Fire Truck cake.

      Let me know how it turns out!

      Frazi

  29. Dawn Miller Said:

    Hi Frazi,

    I was wondering what type of frosting you use. I use a butter cream that contains only butter, no shortening. I always seem to have a hard time getting fire engine red. I don’t want to use a ton of no taste red, I feel it still has an after taste if using too much. Any suggestions? I love the red color you have achieved.
    Thanks in advance,
    Dawn

    • frazi Said:

      Hi Dawn,

      I’ve used buttercream frosting and cream cheese frosting for most of my cakes. :) I, too, don’t like the flavor of using shortening instead of butter. I’d have to say though that buttercream seems more difficult to work with because it “melts” faster in my warm hands when piping!

      Sorry to disappoint, but I just end up using a lot of the Wilton Red “no taste” food coloring. I remember reading somewhere though that another color, like pink or mauve or maroon, can help “pre-color” the frosting to minimize the use of the red food color. I have not tried this myself as I’ve noticed using different colors can affect the outcome of the final color. So, I just use the red.

      Something I’ve noticed though is that if you let the frosting sit for a couple of minutes or so, the red will deepen on it’s own. So, I’ll tint it red and then let it sit while I tint the other colors. When I come back I either add more red or am happy w/ the red.

      Not sure if this helps, but I use the colorless Wilton vanilla extract and use a very light colored butter (Land O’Lakes). I’ve seen butters that are a darker yellow which can affect my blue tinting (making it greenish), so I’ve stuck w/ the lighter colored butters.

      Hope this helps!

      Frazi

      • Dawn Miller Said:

        Thanks for getting back to me. I’ve had to do 2 firetrucks since I posted this. I found that if I make the buttercream a few DAYS in advance and leave it the fridge, the color really deepens. I used all red as well. The same is true for black, although I usually start with a chocolate buttercream first.

      • frazi Said:

        Hi Dawn,

        That is great! Thanks for sharing your tip with me. I’ll try that as well! Glad to hear that you are now a firetruck expert!

        Frazi

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  33. betsy Said:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful idea. I started planning my son’s 2nd birthday plans by looking for a 2D pan- when I saw your creation I couldn’t back down from the challenge. Without your tips I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it. I would love to post a photo for you but not sure how.


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