1. Hi Emma I’m new to your website that I found when I googled fire engine cakes!
    I am having a nightmare trying to make this cake!
    Do you have any advice?


    P.s your cakes are amazing!

    1. EmmaMT from CakesBakesAndCookies.com says:

      Hi there Rachel,

      Thanks for your comment. Fire engines are a hard vehicle to do, but you can add so many extras on them that you can hide any mishaps!!! This fire engine was the first one I did and it took me nine hours to decorate, so make sure you leave yourself enough time! The second one I did was for my nephew and was more fireman Sam style, which was much easier. I’ll be putting a photo of that cake on my ‘more cakes’ page in the next day or so.

      How I make vehicles

      • So, basically whenever I do a vehicle I make the main body in cake and place it on a thin cake board that is exactly the same size as the cake. The board doesn’t show as it gets covered in icing.

      • To lift the engine off the ‘road’ and make it look like it’s sitting on the wheels I use a thick cake board which I cut down to a long rectangular shape that sits centrally underneath the main cake. I cover this thick board with black icing to make it less obvious and position it on the road of the main cake board.

      • Use royal icing to ‘stick’ the cake onto the black raised platform, then you can cut out the wheel arches and see how big the wheels need to be made.

      • I make the wheels out of thick black icing. If you have the chance to make them a day ahead you will be able to position them more easily as they will be firmer.

      • I cut the cake to show the shape of the engine then covered it in red sugar paste.

      • With the windows I make paper templates for each window pane and use that to cut out a piece of white sugarpaste. I then use the template to cut away the red icing on the cake where the windows go. Pop the white window pane in place and it sits flush with the rest of the cake. My fireman cake has photos of the birthday boy printed onto edible paper (which you can get done at your local cake decorating shop or there are loads of places on line who do it too)

      • The trick to making this cake look good is all the details like the ladder, wing mirrors, shutters on the side, bumpers etc. The fireman holding the hose with water gushing out is a really good way to add to it too . I rolled out the main water from blue sugar paste them used blue royal icing to add the drips (that was the best bit!) Also, if you make the cake board as detailed as you can with a road and grass it will add to the whole effect.

      I hope that helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.

      Good luck!


  2. Thanks so much for your advice I wouldn’t have thought of those little details but I imagine they make all the difference! You mention sugar paste.. Is this the same as icing that I would buy from the supermarket, the ready to roll stuff? Also what type of tin should I use to create the main body of the fire engine?
    I’m a bit of a novice at the moment this will only be my 3rd cake so I’m occurred long mistakes etc.. I’m loving your shirt cake too I’m going to try that one for my cousins birthday coming up in march!

    Thanks again
    Rachel x

    1. EmmaMT from CakesBakesAndCookies.com says:

      I always make the cake tins I have work for the design I am doing. So, if you haven’t got a rectangular tin, use a square one and cut it in half then lay one cake on top of the other to create the engine shape.

      Sugarpaste is the ready to roll icing that you can buy in the supermarket but this is only ever available in white or ivory. You can colour it yourself but you need to use colour gels not the bottles of food colour that you get at the supermarket. Also it is usually a lot cheaper to buy the icing from a cake shop. A cake shop will have pre-coloured icing in a multitude of colours which will save a lot of time and mess!

      Hope it goes well.


      1. EmmaMT from CakesBakesAndCookies.com says:


        I just wanted to let you know that I have added the photos of the other Fire engine cake I have made to the “More cakes” page on my blog. I think it is a much better design.
        Hope it helps



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