My wonderful mother-in-law (MIL) had worked for the City of Mesquite Fire Department for over 15 years. On May 29th, the City of Mesquite and the Fire Department threw her a retirement party. They had refreshments, fruits, cheese trays, and of course… sheet cake.
Now, if you know me, I do not and cannot stop at just sheet cake. Simple is definitely not in my nature. So, for the last couple of months, I tried to design a special cake that would represent my mother-in-law, the Fire Department, AND the City of Mesquite. I’m not going to lie, it was so hard thinking of what to do. I wanted something spectacular and something the entire Fire Department would “WOW” over. I spent weeks and weeks looking online, Pinterest, and magazines but nothing inspired me nor gave me any ideas.
The Friday prior to the retirement party, I went to run some errands and drove past my MIL’s office. The light bulb went off. I mean… IT WAS A BRIGHT HALOGEN LIGHT WITH A LOUD “DING”!!!
I made a U-turn and pulled into the parking lot. I started to take pictures of the office building where she worked and pictures of the fire hydrant at the corner. I then decided to make a 2 tiered cake. One tier will look like the office building, and the second tier will have the Fire Department’s logo and a fire hydrant cake topper.
This is what I came up with. What do you think? Does the cake look like the building?
I was able to obtain a copy of Mesquite Fire Department’s logo. To make this, I printed 3 copies of the logo on regular paper. Each of the printed copy, I cut the back of the logo, red part of the logo, and the Texas part of the logo. I then rolled out a small piece of white, red, and blue fondant. I used each part of the logo “cut out” as a template and using the x-acto knife (my favorite tool for fondant), cut and traced the shapes. Take a small brush, dab it in a little bit of water and brush the back of each fondant piece then layer it on top of each other.
Voila! Fondant Logo!
To make the “roof top” of the cake, I rolled out a thin layer of grey fondant and cover the top of the cake. I then scattered poppy seeds all over the top.
And the best part of the cake ………. THE FIRE HYDRANT!!!! Honestly, I am still amazed of how awesome it looks. This was the first time I have ever attempted to make the fire hydrant. Without any videos, instructions, or any help, I guessed my way through.
Initially, I started out rolling fondant to the shape of the hydrant and did not work. The fondant hydrant became heavy and would not harden fast enough to stand straight. If only you could have seen it. Haahaa, the hydrant looked like a robotic Michelin Man. Yeah, definitely not the look I was going for.
Then, I remembered watching Cake Boss and they used a lot of Rice Krispies to mold shapes. Putting the best cake education to use, I made some Rice Krispies and rolled it into a cylinder and covered it in fondant. Add a few fondant shapes and air brushed the fondant with silver, the hydrant came to life.
Everyone loved the cake and most importantly, my mother-in law!
Please visit my gallery to see more pictures of the Fire Department Retirement.