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How To Make a 3D Fire Helmet Cake



Step-by-step Instructions on making a 3-D Fireman's Helmet Cake This cake was made as a his cake for a his and hers bridal shower for friends of mine in New York.  It would also make a great grooms cake or birthday cake. It helps to have a picture of a helmet or a plastic fire helmet to get your dimensions.  I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an actual fire helmet for this one.


1. First, the shield for the front of the helmet. You want to make this in advance so it can dry.  I made mine from a picture of a New York fire helmet because the cake was for a NY firefighter.  I used an exacto knife to cut the pieces out of fondant and layered them. I then placed the shield over a pitcher covered with powdered sugar to dry.


2. Next I prepared the base of the helmet.  You could make this out of cake but I didnt need that many servings so I made mine out of cardboard.  I traced the shape of the base onto cardboard and cut it out.  I then covered it in fondant.  I didnt cover the center because it would be covered by the cake. I also used a small cowbell type cheese grater to texture around the edge of the rim to match the original helmet.


3. Now for the cakes.  I baked my top cake in a round pyrex bowl about the size and shape that I wanted the hat. I baked a second cake the same size round as the bottom of my top cake so they would stack well.


4. After cooling, the cakes were torted, filled with buttercream and raspberry jam and stacked. The cake was then covered with a thin layer of buttercream.


5. Black Fondant was then rolled out to cover the cake.


6. The fondant was then placed on the cake, smoothed and trimmed. Ok, now its starting to look like a firehelmet!


7. Place the cake on the base. I also placed the shield on the cake to see how everything looked.  The shield is actually just sitting on the base leaning slightly back onto the cake.  I cut a small piece of fondant to fit between the shield and the helmet to help keep it stable.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before actually putting it on the cake.  You can see it in the pictured in step #9


8. Now for the details.  Using the picture or helmet as a guide make your details. I drew a template for the yellow fondant cutouts and placed them around the helmet similarly to how they were placed on the original helmet.


9. Now is when I realized that I had forgotten to put thin rolls of fondant under the fondant covering to form the ridges so I had to place them on top of the covered cake.  I simply rolled out long ropes of fondant and placed them on the cake trimming them as necessary.


Now take a look and see if it needs anything else.


I made two little balls of fondant and painted them with gold luster dust mixed with vodka and placed them on the front for detail.  I also painted the spacer between the shield and front of the helmet with the gold mixture at this time. Now youre done!

Comments (15)

excellent instructions. i have to make a state trooper hat cake for my son-in-law's b-d. i am amazed that you made a cake in a pyrex bowl. that is a tremendous tip for me. thanks
cool my daddy is a retired fireman
thank you very nice..I'mma gonna give it a try!
Thank you so much for your detailed instructions. I am attempting my 1st helmet cake for a grooms cake next week!!!
Can I ask you what size Pyrex bowl did you use to bake top cake in? Im having a hard time finding a large Pyrex bowl to bake mine in to give it that perfect roundness. Any info you can provide me would be most appreciated. Thank you!
Can I use a nail rose in the pyrex bowl to ensure the center cooks properly? I have the hardest times w/my ball pans for some odd reason the centers are never cooked thuroughly yet my outer & edges burn. :(
yes if we cook the cake in a pyrex bowl do we need to set the oven to a certain temperture so that the cake cooks thurally, and does get too done on the outside and not done enough on the inside???
Both my husband and my brother in law are firefighters and we usually celebrate their birthdays together since the are a day apart so I am thinking about trying this...It is an awesome cake and you did an excellent job!
I love this! I am going to make this for my boyfriend who is a NYC fireman!
how did you make the spacer between the shield and front of the helmet
This is really an awesome cake. I might have to try this for my brothers 40th bday in November. He's a fireman in Michigan, but loves the NY firefighters helments. Thanks for sharing!
Well done....I'd love to know more about baking in a pyrex mixing bowl. I plan to do that next week for my daughter's birthday cake and any advise you can give would be great. Thanks
Awesome tutorial and I've been wondering if you could make a cake in a pyrex rather than carving, I'm so happy to know that it can be done! Thanks so much
Very good instructions. If I ever want to make one of these cakes, I'll know where to look :)
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