Fire Truck Cake
You will need a serving tray at least 14 x 11 in.
2 1/2 cans (12 oz each) fluffy white frosting
2 whole graham crackers broken in half
(4 squares) and 6 whole graham crackers
License plates: 2 sticks Fruit Stripe gum
Siren light: 2 red Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews
2 family-size frozen poundcakes (16 oz each), thawed
One 12-oz, 7 x 31/4-in. all-butter loaf cake
2 thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
2 cans (1.5 oz each) red decorating spray used as can directs
Hose: 8 green Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews
Ladders: 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and 12 thin pretzel sticks
Tires: 1 Red Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews and 6 chocolate sandwich cookies
Valves and knobs on side: assorted candies
Note: In place of decorating spray, you can tint 3 cups frosting with red paste (gel) food color.
Hose: Roll 2 Fruit Chews together into a 4 1/2-in.-long log. Repeat 3 times. Place all 4 logs side by side on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap. Press ends together to make 1 long, curving hose.
Ladders: Melt white chocolate to use as glue. Glue 2 pretzels together end to end. Repeat with 6 more pretzels. Place on plastic wrap. When dry, place parallel, cut remaining pretzels to fit for rungs, glue in place and let dry.
Tires: Cut red Fruit Chews in 6 equal pieces; roll each into a ball, flatten and press onto cookies. Spoon 1/3 cup frosting into a small ziptop bag. Snip tip off 1 corner; pipe bolts on tires. Add to lined baking sheet.
Vents on sides of truck: Cut 3/4 in. off 1 graham cracker square. Cut 3/4-in.-wide piece in half crosswise; pipe lines on both pieces.
License plates for front and back: Pipe FDNY on sticks of gum.
Siren light: Roll Fruit Chews together into a 2-in.-long log. Pipe a line crosswise in center; place on plastic wrap.
Using frosting as glue, glue 3 whole graham crackers on top of each other. Repeat with another 3 whole crackers, then with remaining 3 half crackers (you?ll have 3 stacks: 2 of 3 whole crackers, 1 of 3 half crackers). Place stacks end to end down middle of serving surface. Frost top and sides.
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