I searched around Pinterest for ideas on how to create a Thomas the Tank Engine cake. I filled my Cakes/Cupcakes board with quite a few tutorials and googled the heck out of images of Thomas. It slowly started to come together as I worked on the cake but I had my doubts until the very end.
My mess of a kitchen.
I baked a large sheet pan cake (approximately 4 boxes of cake mix) on Thursday for the party Saturday. I broke the large sheet cake into some smaller pieces (but not so much that it wouldn't be large enough to use) then placed in the fridge overnight. On Friday morning I pulled everything out and built the cake. I used multiple layers and shapes and did a layer of icing between everything to make it stick.
Building the layers.
I placed this back in the fridge just a bit for it to "harden" up some. This makes it a lot easier to ice without tiny pieces of cake crumbs being loose.
A good ol' "dirty" icing
This is the point where I found out due to sickness the party was cancelled and freaked out. Then I consulted Lord Google himself and found out I could freeze the cake. Guess I could have figured that out myself being that our wedding cake is still in the freezer sitting around for another bite at year 3. So I placed this into the freezer to harden up the icing before wrapping it. The next day I pulled it out quickly, wrapped with Saran Wrap and placed back in the freezer until who knows when at that point.
Once the party was rescheduled I pulled out the cake Friday afternoon before the Saturday party. I spent the evening putting a thicker layer of icing on the cake. It went on nice and smooth since the "dirty" icing left a better surface to work on. Then I layered it in fondant (trying not to think about that tough task) and did all the little decorative elements.
Layer of fondant on.
Starting to look more like a train.
Thomas himself (I made this way early so it would harden, it's from fondant as well) and train wheels (fondant circle with icing spokes)
Railroad crossing signs.
Saturday morning I was up early and assembling the final touches. I also had to make the cupcakes that I was bringing to the party because I'm never sure how many my cakes will really feed.
For your viewing pleasure: Thomas the Tank Engine.
Happy Birthday sweet girl!
Like I said, in the end I liked how it turned out, but I was doubtful during the process. Not perfect but the birthday girl was happy and that's all that matters.
So glad this bad boy survived an hour and a half drive to the party as well.
Any birthday parties you've been celebrating lately?