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 her’s” 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.
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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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.
I baked a second cake the same size round as the bottom of my top cake so they would stack well.
The cake was then covered with a thin layer of buttercream.
Ok, now it’s starting to look like a firehelmet!
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
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 you’re done!
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