Help Please! Need To Create A Turning Circle For A Fire Engine Cake, And Other Related Questions

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Cakejeanie Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 6:56am
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Hello everyone. I am planning to make a fire engine themed cake, with a small fire engine 3D shaped cake covered in fondant, sitting on a fondant turning circle (to be made using a round cake board). All this on top of a round cake. The fire engine and turning circle is like this one:


My question is, how do I make the turning circle like in the picture above? I would like to make it just like the picture, except I want it round and using a round cake board, so the edge of the circle would be the yellow and black stripes.


The other question is should I make the fire engine cake and turning circle separately, then when they are both done, transfer the fire engine to the turning circle? How do I do this? Or alternatively, should I make the fire engine on top of an already made turning circle? If I do it this way how do I stop messing up the turning circle with cake crumbs etc?

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-K8memphis Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 2:46pm
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i would make the turning circle a few days ahead of the fire engine


to allow it to dry so you don't mess it up accidentally touching it and marring it when it's soft


then you either


  1. cover that dried yellow circle with parchment or waxed paper (so that it protects the board but can be removed later) and make the fire engine right on it
  2. or make the fire engine on it's own board cut to fit and place it later on the circle board--put a dab of icing so it adheres well



and i would secure the boards so they have no chance to warp or crack or move




  1. use foam core
  2. slide bamboo skewers in to the corrugations
  3. use two corrugated cardboard circles cross ways for strength

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-K8memphis Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 3:11pm
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and a tiny design note


the cake this is all sitting on is going to be a bit bigger than the circle yes?


two tiers basically right? firetruck sitting on a round cake?


and the top of the cake that the circle and firetruck is sitting on needs to be the same color as the inside of the yellow circle which in the picture is gray


otherwise it won't come off as well as a turning circle but just a nice border


just a random random random design thought



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Cakejeanie Posted 30 Jan 2013 , 8:10pm
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Hi K8memphis,


What I have been thinking lately is to have a cake board (and yes smaller than the diameter of the actual cake) and cutting out a gray circle for the middle of the turning circle, and just cutting out yellow and black stripes for the outermost part of the circle. I think there's pretty much no other way of doing it! It just leaves a question of the cake board showing... I guess I could colour it with a black pen and and hope it blends in well. The actual cake will be blue- either blue icing or blue fondant on icing- because I will be putting 2d fondant decor on the sides of the cake. 


I thought if I put dowels in the cake that should secure both the turning circle and fire engine, especially if I put lots? Could you tell me what you mean by sliding bamboo skewers in the corrugations?


I think its a great idea to make the fire engine on a cake board cut out to fit... Gosh I would never have thought of it (Duuuuhhh lol). 

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-K8memphis Posted 30 Jan 2013 , 8:32pm
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this is a half sheet board and not the best photo


but see the bamboo skewers sticking out the corrugation of the board on both sides??


uber strong--i just have to slide/force them the rest of the way in or clip them off


to explain my fine point up thread for you is


you want the black & yellow circle bordered on both sides by the grey or you might loose the effect


if the black & yellow circle is the outside edge of the board it won't look as much like the turning thing


you can let the fondant slip over the edge to cover it 


but just be careful--it's easy to touch it and mess it up--breaks easy if dry


~~i would cut a template to do the striped thing

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Cakejeanie Posted 30 Jan 2013 , 10:16pm
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Yes I see what you mean, that would be pretty strong! 


Thanks very much for all the suggestions... I'll do more planning before diving in, so to speak. I think its best to think twice (or more) and do once. Hopefully that works with fondant!

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