Step-by-step Instructions on making a 3-D Firemanâs Helmet Cake
This cake was made as a âhisâ cake for a âhis and herâsâ bridal shower for friends of mine in New York. Â 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.Â 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.Â I made mine from a picture of a New York fire helmet because the cake was for a NY firefighter.Â 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.Â You could make this out of cake but I didnât need that many servings so I made mine out of cardboard.Â I traced the shape of the base onto cardboard and cut it out.Â I then covered it in fondant.Â I didnât 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 itâs starting to look like a firehelmet!
I also placed the shield on the cake to see how everything looked.Â The shield is actually just sitting on the base leaning slightly back onto the cake. Â I cut a small piece of fondant to fit between the shield and the helmet to help keep it stable.Â Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before actually putting it on the cake.Â 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.Â 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.Â I also painted the spacer between the shield and front of the helmet with the gold mixture at this time.
Now youâre done!
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