Friday, July 20, 2012

Fire Truck Birthday Cake For Ian - He's 5 Today! - Gluten Free Steamed Brownies

See what I have made today, it's a birthday cake for Ian
He requested for a fire truck cake
He's not only a car lover, but also all kinds of trucks, buses and all heavy weight machines
Last year I did a car cake for him at his request too, so this year he switched to something else :)
Luckily I could find a tutorial for the cake from Betty Crocker, you may watch the video HERE
My first barbie cake last year also followed tutorial from Betty Crocker

It's a simple cake - well, looked simple enough to me but still I couldn't make as neat as the one in the video, as you know, I'm a big zero in cake decorating LOL

Anyway, Ian loved it so much!
He did watch the video too a couple of times, so when I did the carving and the frosting also the decorating, he was all the time beside me, watching me doing everything, and commenting what to do next :)

It's 100% buttercream frosting, the wheels are oreo biscuits, the lights are all gummies, and the hose is fondant, since I couldn't find black licorice

Hhhhmmm I wonder how to make my hands not trembling and moved steadily while doing the frosting, as you can see, those meant to be straight lines weren't straight, eg: the windows, and the rest... wew...
Well, what matters most is, the birthday boy was happy :)

I used Indonesian style Mrs Liem steamed brownies recipe, very well known among Indonesian foodies
Very fine texture, soft but sturdy enough to be used for 3D carved cake
Very yummy, moist and chocolatey

Here's the recipe, I made this cake gluten free by replacing the plain flour with gluten free flour mixture (GFF)

For the GFF:

1 cup rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca flour

Mix well all three flours together in airtight container and store in it
Makes 2 cups

This GFF gives very satisfying result that mocaf flour can't compare
I definitely prefer this mixture

For the cake:

6 eggs
225g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp sponge gel (optional)
125g GFF
50g cocoa powder (I used valrhona)
175ml canola oil
100g dark chocolate, melted
75ml sweet condensed milk
  1. Grease pans (I used 2 loaf pans)
  2. Beat eggs, sugar and sponge gel til ribbon stage (high speed)
  3. On low speed, add in sifted GFF flour, cocoa powder and mix well
  4. Add in melted chocolate and oil, mix well
  5. Divide the batter into three parts, one parts to mix with sweet condensed milk
  6. Preheat steamer til very hot
  7. Pour one part of the batter in the pans, and put them in steamer, steam for 10 minutes over medium fire
  8. Pour the batter with sweet condensed milk on top and steam for another 10 minutes
  9. Pour the last part of the batter and steam for another 20-25 minutes

For the buttercream, I used Aunty Yochana's recipe:

What you need:

200g sugar
60g water
140g egg white
300g butter
300g shortening
  1.  Boil sugar and water till thick but flowy
  2.  Beat egg white  (high speed) till fluffy (medium peak), then pour in the hot syrup
  3.  Continue beating the egg white till cool (low speed)
  4.  Slowly add in the chilled butter and shortening and let it beat till thick and fluffy
Here's a snap of the cake texture, so fine, chocolatey, soft and moist!

I'm submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #21 Gluten Free Bakes hosted by Hankerie

Now, I have another cake to bake to bring to his school on Monday to celebrate with his friends
Wanted to do this morning but since today was Racial Harmony Day and they had programs at the school, so we're advised to do the celebration on Monday instead
To Ian, happy birthday to you
Mummy, daddy and Abby love you, as always!
God bless you always
Hugs and kisses XOXO


  1. Hi Alice! What a lovely cake! Happy birthday to Ian. My second daughter is also 5 years old :) my kids love this Betty Crocker video too and my son has been asking me for this fire engine birthday cake. I am still thinking if I should make that or an angry bird cake. And his birthday is next week! Better decide soon.

    1. hi Mich,
      thanks :)
      awaiting for the homemade bday cake of yours to be posted :)

  2. OMG this is so awesome! Very well done Alice. Very impressive and by the looks of it, it made one special boy very happy.
    Happy Birthday Ian!!

    1. thks Anuja!
      still in learning stage so it's still far from perfect :)

  3. Happy Birthday to Ian! He is very cute! And the cake is beautiful, you did a great job, Alice!

  4. Awesome!

    My son loves car too and he also crazy about fire enginee. I have watched the same video for many times before but I still don't have courage to make this cake. U are great!

    1. hi Angel, thanks :)
      i'm sure u'll make much better looking cake for this one :)

  5. Happy Birthday Ian.. my son want to have a spiderman cake hard for me to bake him one. I'll just consider to buy him one. should I?

    1. thks Angeline :)
      still can make lah, use edible image or cake topper can :)

  6. Wew, cantik kue ultahnya mbak Alice. Semua printilannya kesukaan anak anak. Happy birthday to Ian, pasti hepi banget dapat kue favorit!

    1. hi Hesti, makasih ya...Iya, Ian seneng bgt, tp suwer deh, ini cake belepotan bener
      pikir2 pake fondant tuh lbh gampang spy jd rapi deh :)



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