With Ann Reardon

How To Make a Fire Truck Cake

fire truck engine birthday cake

“Can I (excited gasp) have a firetruck cake for my birfday? With a ladder and, and (insert excited movements here) and a fire hose?” Big smiles. This request came as no surprise, fire trucks and fire engines take pride of place in every game whether it be in the house, sandpit, bath or the car. There must be some sort of rescue vehicle present. Preferably a firetruck with a ladder but at a pinch a yellow taxi can pass as a rescue car when back up is needed.

My baby boy is turning three! Which means this blog is also turning three. I posted the very first recipe when he was just one week old. It is amazing how little things can grow into big things in such a short space of time. While my now three year old is a big boy and wants to do everything himself, I am much the opposite. The bigger the website gets the more I am asking for help. Thus far I have programmed, coded and debugged everything on the website, but I have now reached the stage that I am going to need some help so hopefully within the next few months the website will have a bit of a makeover to make it run smoothly on all devices.


This cake serves 20, you can scale it up if you want to serve more.

To make the fire truck cake, you will need:

* The Fire Truck Template

Buy it now$5.99

* Fondant: Light Grey 111g (3.92 ounces), Dark Grey 70g (2.47 ounces), Red 1 kg (2.2 pounds), Black 200g (7.05 ounces), White 200g (7.05 ounces), Yellow 20g (0.71 ounces), Blue 20g (0.71 ounces)
* 6 mini oreos
* Fondant extruder to make the hose (optional)
* Gold luster dust for the end of the hose (optional)
* Green food colouring for grass
* Cake:  Double the sponge cake recipe baked either in trays or in a box 25cm (9.84 inches) x 25cm (9.84 inches) x 10cm (3.94 inches) deep. If baked in a large tin or box expect it to take at least 2 hours to bake. Only use boxes that do not use glue and do not have plastic laminated shiny pictures on them.
* Frosting double recipe of frosting of your choice, I used the french buttercream. See the recipes and taste tests for seven different frostings.
* Cake leveller or serrated knife to cut the cake
* Cake board to put the cake on, the one I used was 25cm (9.84 inches) x 38cm (14.96 inches)
* Firm cardboard to support the base of the firetruck
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  1. Hi Ann, I’d love to make this cake but Teddy has requested chocolate cake for his 4th birthday! Can I easily convert your sponge recipe to chocolate, or can you suggest another recipe? I’ve already ordered the 25cmx 25cm tin.



  2. Hi, how can i get a template sen to me please?



    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Sally, Just purchase the template via the Buy it Now Button. On purchase a download link will appear. You will also receive an email with a back up download link. Just make sure the email address you provide is correct.

  3. hey, im just wondering if i buy the templates for the fire truck do you send them through email??
    so we can get them straight away??
    thanks x

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Whitney, A download link appears immediately on purchase. There is also a back up link sent via email.

  4. Thanks for providing this Ann! We had so much fun making this cake. A bit disappointed that our ladder was saggy but happy with our added cheeky addition of real flashing lights! Thanks clever hubby. I used the sponge cake delish and the cream cheese frosting! Everyone loved it 🙂 thanks I’ll be back to try some more goodies again I’m sure 🙂

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      That is great tara. Next time let your fondant ladder dry out well in advance and you should be fine!

  5. Thank you for your tutorial and template. I had so much fun making this cake for my godson and will definitely return for more templates and tutorials in the future.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks Helen. We hope Aiden loved his cake and appreciated all your hard work!

  6. HI Ann. I’m keen to try this out for my son’s 3rd Birthday on Sunday but I’m a bit confused. The recipe says the cake is for 20 people but having downloaded and printed the template but it looks small and not to scale. What am I missing? Apologies if I’m being dim :). I’m only looking for a cake for about 10 people so can you suggest the best size tin or will that complicate things and mess up the template? I can always do the recipe for 20 in that case…

    Many thanks. Alison

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Alison, If you are printing the template at full size 100% (no scaling) and joining the tempalte pieces as described then it will make a cake that can serve up to 20 depending on how large a serve you want. I think this will be fine for 10 people, there will just be enough for seconds for those who want them. The cake once decorated is a good size for your purposes. I wouldn’t try scaling it back as it will make decorating too fiddly. The template can sometimes appear small because you are looking at a guide for un-decorated cake.

  7. I made this for my son’s 2nd Birthday – I had one very happy boy!!! Thank you!! (Although my ladder did collapse! Lol!)

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Rebecca, Your fire truck cake looks great. Had the ladder properly dried out? It still looks fab anyway.

  8. Loved this video. Thank you

  9. Thanks a lot for this blog….I made the cake for my son’s 4th birthday and it came out really great.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Anu, your fire-engine cake looks fabulous. Well done!

  10. Here is my version, which might be the first marzipan test for your template. It was real fun to make and my son had a blast! Thank you!!

  11. Thank you for a great video and template. It was a perfect cake!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Great job Kate and we love the presentation!

  12. I had loads of fun making this cake! My little son turned 3 the other day and he and his friends loved the cake too.
    The instructions and template are easy to follow. I doubled the size of the cake though. We had 8 kids and their parents at the party and the size doubled was just right.

    Thanks a lot!! A great success!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Great Baking Izzy. Your cake looks spot on!

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