Fire engine cake

Fire engine cake

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 2 hrs Cook: 40 mins

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Serves 16 - 20

Stun a crowd and get creative with this themed celebration cake - details include a chocolate ladder, icing water splash and toy firemen

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze sponges only

Nutrition: Per serving (20)

  • kcal513
  • fat19.5g
  • saturates11.1g
  • carbs81.7g
  • sugars72.5g
  • fibre0.6g
  • protein3.6g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract (if you have a nut allergy, use vanilla extract instead)
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almond (if you have a nut allergy, use 50g plain flour instead)
  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

For the icing and decoration

  • 150g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 300g icing sugar, sieved
  • 500g ready-to-roll icing, coloured red
  • 250g ready-to-roll icing, coloured grey
  • 200g royal icing, made from packet royal icing sugar (use 200g sugar)
  • red food colouring
  • 4 liquorice Catherine wheels
  • 25g white ready-to-roll icing
  • 2 iced party ring biscuits
  • 25g ready-to-roll icing, coloured yellow
  • 8-10 chocolate coated biscuit sticks (e.g Mikado) or mint sticks (e.g Matchmakers)

    Chocolate ganache


    Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

  • 6 dolly mixture sweets
  • blue food colouring
  • black food colouring
  • Lego firemen (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and base line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, almond extract, flour, ground almonds and milk and beat very well until light and pale in colour. Spread into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 35–40 mins. Remove and allow to become completely cold before cutting and icing.

  2. To make the butter icing, put the butter into a bowl and beat well. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Cut the cake in half to make two rectangles each 10x20cm. Take one half and cut into two pieces measuring 10x14cm and 10x6cm. Using a little butter icing, attach the 10x6cm piece to one end of the 10x20cm piece. This is the cab part of the engine. Take the 10x14cm piece and slice in half horizontally. Spread a little butter icing on the main part of the fire engine (behind the cab) and stick on one of the 10x14cm pieces. The remaining piece of cake is not required.

  3. Using a sharp knife, slice the front of the cab at an angle where the windows will be placed. Spread the whole cake with butter icing. Roll out the red fondant and use to cover the fire engine. Trim around the base.

  4. Roll out all but 50g of the grey icing to an irregular strip and place on a 30cm cake board. Carefully lift the fire engine onto the board.

  5. Unroll about half the liquorice from each of the four wheels. Attach the strips, using a little of the red icing, to make a double border around the base of the cake. Again using the icing, attach the four wheels. Use leftover liquorice to make strips to mark the centre of the road.

  6. Roll out the reserved grey icing and cut out 6 shutters and two wing mirrors. Attach to the cake using red icing. Use the white icing to make two front and two side windows for the cab. Attach with red royal icing and pipe around each window and pipe the cab doors.

  7. Stick on dolly mixtures to represent headlights, roof lights and ladder supports. Make a ladder from the chocolate covered biscuit or mint sticks, chopping and sticking with icing. Attach to the top of the engine with icing.

  8. Stick together the two party rings and attach to the side of the fire engine. Roll the yellow fondant icing into a long sausage and wrap around the biscuits to represent the hose, snake out onto the board and then make a small circle of yellow icing and stick on the end for the nozzle. Colour the remaining royal icing a pale blue colour. Thin with a little water if necessary and drizzle onto the cake board to represent water flowing from the hose.

  9. Using a little blue colouring thinned with water, paint the windows with a fine paint brush. Using black colouring, paint windscreen wipers on the front windows.

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16th Nov, 2018
My daughter and I made this between us, made two 2LB loaf cakes the day before, (own recipe) as didn't have size cake tin required, this works perfectly, as you have to cut in half anyway, but decorated as per instructions. Finished cake was good, HOWEVER - took 3 hours, with kitchen looking like a bomb had hit it!! The add-ons do not stick easily, so icing sugar mixed with colours to a paste necessary.
6th Jun, 2015
I made this for my son's 3rd birthday. The sponge had to be baked for about 10mins more than the recipe suggests. The instructions were easy to follow and the cake turned out great.
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29th Aug, 2014
Made two as have twins, so they could have one each...didn't quite understand the red piping bit until it was too late but this wasn't the end of the world. Put jam in ours too as didn't want it to be dry! Not quite like the one in the picture but not a bad attempt. Glad I did it, but glad I left 3 hrs to do the two, not including baking the sponges the night before!
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Maria Zafra
31st Oct, 2019
Hi. Does the 10x6 bit (cab) go on top of the 10x20cm or needs to be attached next to it? Do you put buttercream in the middle of the cab? Thanks
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2nd Nov, 2019
Thanks for your question. The cab goes next to the main body of the truck. Stick it together with a little buttercream. Happy baking!
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