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Fire Truck Cake

This vibrant vehicle issues a siren?s call! Piped-icing details and a best-wishes message turn a Fire Truck Pan cake into a nifty birthday cake.
Makes: Cake serves 12.

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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 4 1/2 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1 1/2 cups yellow
Tint 1 cup red
Tint 1/2 cup black
Tint 1/4 cup gray (use a small amount of black)
Reserve 1 1/4 cups white (thin 1 1/4 cups with 1 Tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon of light corn syrup)

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Ice sides, background and window areas smooth with thinned white icing.

Step 3

Use tip 3 and yellow icing to outline truck, windows, doors, bumpers and headlights.

Step 4

Use tip 3 and yellow icing to pipe-in headlights, bumpers, gas cap and hose valves (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 5

Use tip 3 and red icing to pipe-in light on truck top (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). 5. Use tip 16 and red icing to cover fire engine with stars.

Step 6

Use tip 21 and black icing to pipe spiral tires.

Step 7

Use tip 3 gray icing to pipe-in ladder and hubcaps (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 8

Use tip 3 and yellow icing to overpipe door handles, gas cap and hose valves.

Step 9

Use tip 3 and red icing to print message.

Step 10

Use tip 21 and yellow icing to pipe star bottom border.

Step 11

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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Fire Truck Cake is rated 4.2857 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Technically, this cake was easy to decorate. However since I struggle with getting a perfect red, that part was really difficult for me! I ended up using the tubes of ready to use red icing (needed about one and a half tubes, for the record), and I find that stuff has a difficult consistency to work with. If you know the secret to making a true red, then this cake will be a breeze for you!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake foir my grandson 2nd birthday and everyone loved it! The only proiblem I had was that his birthday is in June and being in Arizona with the heat had to keep putting into freezer so the icing didn't run together. Fun cake to make and love seeing my grandson eyes light up when he saw the fire truck.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My husband's a fire fighter & I made it for my son when he was going on a field trip to the fire station. After I made it Wilton posted how to make red icing red & it works great!!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Easy and fun cake to do. Also can be made into a truck image. Do not crumb coat or your lose the definition of lines. Easy to do with star tip and #21 tip for rails of ladder. To make the tires smooth, wait until frosting sets and pat lightly with back of spoon.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My three year old grandson is very much into fire trucks so I thought I would give this a try! It wasn't as difficult as I originally thought it would be. If you follow the directions, you should have no problem with the cake coming out very nicely.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this last June for a friend's son. It turned out very nicely and he really liked it. Very easy to do, just make sure your initial icing on the cake is fairly thin. Directions made it very simple! Would do again!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have made this for my son-in-law for his first birthday as a member of our family and he love firetrucks and he hope to have more made for him because he loved it and he didn't want anyone to eat it.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for a firefighters birthday party and it was a big hit! The cake was fairly easy to decorate - the hardest part was tracing out the lines for the detail work on the firetruck.
Date published: 2011-05-12
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