I have made this cake for a little boy who is turning four who’s family are friends of mine. They’ve come to live in Australia from England and they have three wonderful children. The kids have the cutest accents you have ever heard. I just love being around them. Yesterday the eldest boy and I went to the movies together. We had so much fun. I giggled so much and it’s great when someone thinks all your jokes are funny!

When their birthdays roll up I offer to make the cake that suits the theme of the party. This one is a fire engine themed party. The thing to remember with kids cakes is it doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect the child will be really happy anyway. They see things differently to us, they let their imagination fill in the bits we see as imperfect.

I found the recipe on the internet and just looked at a few and then put something together. You can always pipe more icing over any mistakes.



This is what it looked like before I went a little crazy with the icing.

Here is the recipe for the chocolate cake that is inside.


  • Melted butter or margarine, for greasing
  • 50g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 125mls (1/2 cup) boiling water
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 275g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 40g (1/4 cup) plain flour
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a deep 22cm round cake pan with the melted butter or margarine to grease and then line the base with non-stick baking paper.

  2. Sift cocoa powder into a bowl. Gradually add almost all the water, stirring to form a smooth, thick paste. Stir in remaining water. Set aside.
  3. Use electric beaters to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a medium mixing bowl for 1-2 minutes or until pale. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined,
  4. Sift together the flours. Use a large metal spoon to fold the flours into the butter mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture, in 2 batches each, until well combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake pan and smooth the surface with the back of the spoon.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Stand for 3 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool. Serve dusted with icing sugar.

For putting the cake together, you can watch this video. As you will see, mine is nowhere near as perfect. It is basically two rectangles with a bit in between. I just made two loaf tins of chocolate cake and used a knife to modify the shape. The wheels are Oreos and there are some jelly lollies for lights. I had a few Queen Soft Sugar Pears that I put on the cake to look like buttons or lights. These are great because they are not hard like Cachous so you don’t break any teeth eating them.



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