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North Royalton, Ohio
My son is very into Thomas the Tank Engine so I bought the Wilton stand-up cake pan and changed their decorating examples to look like one of my son's toy Thomas trains. And Thomas's number was changed to "2" for how old my son turned.
Make sure you use pound cake with the stand-up cake pan and put a thick layer of icing under the cake so it stands easier on your cake plate, the cake never fell over once!
After everyone left I let me son dig into the leftover Thomas cake with a fork and he had blue poop for a few days!
For the engine, I used the Wilton, 2 piece 3D choo-choo pan. For the middle, "coal" car and the caboose, I used a regular, deep loaf pan. I cut just a bit off of the front of the caboose to make the top and back platform.
To decorate: I used a star tip for most of the engine, filling up my disposable icing bags and using couplers for when I wanted to change tips. There are guidelines on the cake when you use the Wilton pan. For the "coal" car, I used a spatula dipped in water to smooth the green icing, then star tip to put on the detail. The "coal" is crushed Oreo's.
For the caboose, I smoothed on the red icing, and then used chocolate bars and a star tip and black icing for the windows. The railings on the back platform are pieces of un-cooked spaghetti covered in black icing. You can poke the spaghetti right into the cake. The roof of the caboose is made of home-made chocolate bars, but Hershey ones will work just as well.
The wheels on the engine are black icing, but the wheels on the other two cars are Oreo cookies. I also piped a black track onto the cake board for a finished look, also with a star tip.
Butter cream icing recipe:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1-2 tblsns vanilla extract
- 2 tblspns milk
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Mix the butter, shortening, and vanilla first, then slowly add your powdered sugar. Add milk to make it a bit creamier.
The party theme was Thomas the tank engine. I came up with the cake idea on my own.
Once I had the idea for the theme for the party, I traced a picture of Thomas from a video cover. I then took it to a copy store and had them blow it up as large as I wanted the cake to be. I then made 4 child birthday cakes that were baked in 9x13 Pyrex pans. Once cooled, I took the cakes out of the pans and placed them on top of a board that was covered with coordinating wrapping paper. Once all 4 cakes were on, I placed the blown up drawing on top and began to cut all around the cake. Once the cake was cut to size I put the extra pieces aside for people to nibble on. I then started to cut my template little by little, frosting everything color by color, like a paint by number. I used more frosting when I had variances in the height of the cakes. The black was actually shoe string licorice.
Buffalo Grove, IL
I used a Wilton pan and then put it on a sheet cake and decorated it with balloons. My son LOVES Thomas!!!!!
Kfar Maas, Israel