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This Fire Engine Cake may cause more of a scene than a three alarm fire at your next party!
It's a unique twist on a fireman cake, featuring a red brick fire station with a fire engine rushing out the door to an emergency, only to discover that the emergency IS the fire station itself! Just a little irony to add to the fun of this memorable cake.
A few Tootsie Rolls ®, some cookie crumbs and a candy melt or two create a really memorable cake with a lot of 'wow' factor. The finished product looks very impressive and way more difficult than it really is. Placing the bricks and sprinkling the cookie crumbs are easy enough to let the kids help with, and they’ll be so proud of their results. Have fun with this Fire Engine Cake - it’s a great family project.
All you need for a fabulous Fire Engine theme party are these great co-ordinating party supplies.
ingredients for a perfect fire engine cake
- Cake – Choc Chip Pound Cake is always a winner
- Filling - Cookies & Cream is perfect
- 1 batch of buttercream
- The cabin from a toy fire engine
- A bag of Tootsie Roll Midgies ®
- A bag of Happy Cola ® gummy candies (or similar)
- Ginger Snap cookies (crumbled in food processor)
- Nilla Wafer cookies (crumbled in food processor)
- Chocolate cookies (crumbled in food processor)
- Green candy melts
- 1 cup white Candy Melts
- Black candywriter
- mini Squeeze Bottles - for working with candy melts.
- Cake plate or board to hold finished cake
first steps to a fire engine cake
- bake the cakes in a square pan and cool completely.
- level the cakes and split each into two layers horizontally.
- place the first layer of the cake on a cake circle and secure with a dollop of frosting to stop it from sliding around.
- continue stacking and filling the cake layers to six high.
- add a crumb coat - this is a very thin coat of un-tinted frosting you apply to 'set' the crumbs.
- refrigerate the cake(s) for at least one hour.
making The Flames For Your Fire Engine Cake
- lay out some Happy Cola candies on a piece of parchment paper (below, left).
- microwave on high for 20 second intervals until melted (below, center).
- let set until cool enough to handle then cut out flame shapes with kitchen scissors(below, right).
- now you have flames – easy right?
making The Trees for your fire engine cake
- melt about 1/2 cup of green candy melts in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval, until completely melted then pour into a squeeze bottle.
- on a piece of wax or parchment paper, pipe four trees about 3” – 4” high (either free-hand or use the template below).
- let set for about 30 minutes and peel gently off the paper. Your trees are now ready to use!
- you only need two trees for the finished cake but it’s always good to make extra, just in case anything goes wrong!
Making The Sign For Your Fire Engine Cake
- melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval, until completely smooth.
- on a piece of parchment or wax paper, use the handle of a spoon to smooth out a rectangle shape about 5” x ¾”.
- let set for 30 minutes or so.
- using your black candywriter, pipe out the lettering for your fire station name and number, as shown. I used “Fire Station #6” for this cake since it was a 6th birthday.
- your sign is now ready to use.
Fire Engine Cake assembly
- place your cake on a cake plate or board with at least 6” all around and secure with double-sided tape.
- frost the cake all over with white frosting.
- cut two slices, each ?” thick, from one end a tootsie roll. These will be your half bricks for the corners of the fire station.
- cut the remaining piece of tootsie roll in half length-wise. These will be your full bricks.
- using a skewer or a toothpick, mark out a door on the front of the fire station.
- mark out a window on the two side walls of the fire station.
- cut some of the short tootsie roll bricks in half and use these small bricks to lay out the window frame, as shown.
- use some more short bricks to brick in around the door on the front of the fire station.
- using the full and half bricks that you made, brick in the rest of the walls of the station in a traditional staggered brick pattern.
- fill in the roof top with vanilla cookie crumbs.
- using a small spatula or spoon, press chocolate cookie crumbs into the door space on the front of the fire station.
- gently push the cab of the toy fire engine into the chocolate cookie crumbs so it looks like the truck is leaving the station.
- place a chocolate tree on either side of the doorway by securing in a large blob of frosting.
- secure the fire station sign over the doorway with a dab of frosting on either end of the sign, as shown.
- sprinkle Ginger Snap cookie crumbs all around the fire station, making sure to cover the frosting that’s securing the trees.
- using white frosting, attach the flames that you made in the windows of the station and along the front of the roof.
- pull and stretch them until you like the look of the ‘flames’. It’s best to do this just before serving since the flames will sag a little over time.
You're done! Now go get a well deserved cup of coffee and sit back for a few minutes to admire your handiwork. Remember to take a picture while your masterpiece still looks perfect.
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