Impress and inspire your guests with this stunning fire engine cake! This cake is perfect for themed celebrations and is a true work of art. Every detail is carefully crafted to create a visually stunning masterpiece. The chocolate ladder adds a realistic touch while the icing water splash adds excitement and movement. Completed with cute toy firefighters, this cake is not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes. Let your creativity run wild and captivate everyone’s attention with this extraordinary fire brigade cake.
- 250 g butter, soft
- 250g powdered sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (if you have a nut allergy, use vanilla extract)
- 200g self-raising flour
- 50g ground almonds (if you have a nut allergy, use 50g plain flour instead)
- 2 Table spoons of milk
- 150 g butter, soft
- 300g powdered sugar, sifted
- 500 g ready-to-roll icing, colored red
- 250 g ready-to-roll icing, colored gray
- 200g royal icing, made from packets of royal icing sugar (use 200g sugar)
- red food coloring
- 4 licorice Catherine wheels
- 25g white ready-to-roll icing
- 2 iced party cookies
- 25 g ready-to-roll icing, colored yellow
- 8-10 chocolate-covered cookie sticks (e.g. Mikado) or mint sticks (e.g. Matchmakers)
- 6 Dolly mixed candies
- blue food coloring
- black food coloring
- Lego firefighters (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Grease a square cake tin (20 cm) and line it with baking paper.
- Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
- Add eggs, almond extract, flour, ground almonds and milk and mix well until the mixture is light and pale.
- Spread into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting and frosting.
- For the butter icing, put the butter in a bowl and mix well.
- Gradually stir in the powdered sugar until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.
- Cut the cake in half to create two rectangles, each 10 x 20 cm.
- Take one half and cut it into two pieces of 10 x 14 cm and 10 x 6 cm.
- Attach the 10 x 6 cm piece to one end of the 10 x 20 cm piece with some butter icing. This is the cabin part of the engine.
- Take the 10 x 14 cm piece and cut it in half horizontally.
- Spread some butter icing on the main part of the fire truck (behind the cab) and glue one of the 4″ x 5″ pieces. The remaining piece of cake is not needed.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the front of the cab at an angle where the windows will be installed.
- Spread butter icing over the entire cake.
- Roll out the red fondant and cover the fire truck with it. Cut around the base.
- Roll out all but 50g of the gray icing into an irregular strip and place on a 30cm cake board.
- Carefully lift the fire truck onto the board.
- Unroll about half of the licorice from each of the four wheels.
- Attach the strips with some red icing to create a double border around the base of the cake.
- Attach the four wheels again with the icing.
- Form strips from leftover licorice to mark the middle of the street.
- Roll out the reserved gray icing and cut out 6 shutters and two outside mirrors.
- Attach to cake with red icing.
- Make two front and two side windows for the driver’s cab using the white glaze.
- Attach the icing with red royal icing and pipe around each window and pipe the cabin doors.
- Glue dolly mixtures to represent headlights, skylights and ladder supports.
- Make a ladder out of the chocolate-covered cookie or mint sticks, chop them and spread them with icing.
- Attach to top of motor with icing.
- Glue the two party rings together and attach them to the side of the fire truck.
- Roll the yellow fondant icing into a long sausage and wrap it around the cookies to represent the tube, snaking onto the board, then forming a small circle of yellow icing and gluing the end on as a nozzle.
- Color the remaining icing light blue.
- If necessary, dilute with a little water and drizzle onto the cake board to represent the water flowing from the hose.
- Paint the windows with a little blue paint diluted with water and a fine brush.
- Paint the windshield wipers on the front windows with black paint.
Equipment and tools
Here are the equipment and tools you need to bake a fire truck cake:
- mixing bowl
- Electric mixer or whisk
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spatula or wooden spoon
- Cake Tin
- Cooling rack
- Palette knife or butter knife
- rolling pin
- Small brush
- Small piping bag or sandwich bag
This fire brigade cake recipe contains the following allergens:
- Nuts: The recipe contains almond extract and ground almonds. If you have a nut allergy, replace the almond extract with vanilla extract and use regular flour instead of the ground almonds.
Storage and leftovers
After making the fireman’s cake, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. If you wish, you can also store the cake in the refrigerator to make it last longer.
The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Allow the cake to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Health Benefits of Fire Engine Cake
Even though enjoying a slice of cake isn’t typically associated with health benefits, the Firefighter’s Cake recipe offers a few surprising additions that can contribute to a healthier dessert. Let’s take a closer look at the potential health benefits of some of the key ingredients used in this delicious treat.
Although ground almonds are considered a nut, they can be a valuable addition to a balanced diet. They are rich in healthy fats, fiber, proteins and important vitamins and minerals. Eating ground almonds in moderation can promote heart health, provide energy, support healthy digestion, and even help with weight management.
Milk is a great source of essential nutrients, including calcium, protein and various vitamins. It plays a crucial role in maintaining strong bones and teeth and can support muscle growth and repair. Additionally, milk contains compounds that contribute to healthy brain function and may help prevent certain chronic diseases.
Although powdered sugar is not typically associated with health benefits, it is important to note that moderation is key. Using a moderate amount of powdered sugar in your dessert can help satisfy your sweet tooth without consuming too much sugar. This may be particularly important for people who need to control their blood sugar levels.
Ready-made icing is a practical way to decorate cakes and gives the fire brigade cake a visually appealing touch. While it may not have direct health benefits, aesthetics can play a role in overall enjoyment and satisfaction when consuming food.
Chocolate covered cookie bars
Chocolate-covered cookie sticks like Mikado or Matchmakers give the fireman’s cake a crunchy texture and a hint of chocolate. While it’s important to consume these treats in moderation due to their sugar content, dark chocolate with a high cocoa content may provide antioxidants and potential heart health benefits.
Dolly Mix Candy
Dolly mixed candies are colorful candies that add a playful touch to the fire brigade cake. Although they are high in sugar and should be enjoyed sparingly, the joy and happiness that comes with eating sweets can have positive effects on mental and emotional well-being.
It is worth noting that adding Lego firemen and other decorative elements is optional and does not add to the health benefits, but rather enhances the visual appeal and overall experience of the fire truck cake.