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It’s been a while between posts I’m afraid. It’s been a bit hectic around here and so I haven’t had the time. One of the reasons being it was my son’s 2nd birthday last week and I was busy making his cake and catching up with everyone. No parties this year so his birthday has dragged out for a week now.
Anyway, he really loves Thomas the Tank so I had to make him a Thomas cake. I’d had a vision in my head as to how it would look for a while and hoped it would turn out as I planned.
As I work part time 3 days a week it doesn’t leave it a lot of time for cake making but if you plan it right it can be done. A week before his birthday I made the cakes and buttercream frosting and froze it all. That way all I had to do was get it out of the freezer on the day, assemble and decorate. (best to get the buttercream out the night before so it’s nice and soft)
Ingredients and Equipment you will need:
5 x Buttercake mixes
3 x –Buttercream Frosting 1 x quantity white, divide the rest into blue, red, grey fairly evenly leaving a small amount for yellow and a little white
Wilton Royal Blue gel paste food colouring
Wilton Red gel paste food colouring
Wilton Lemon Yellow gel paste food colouring
Wilton Black gel paste food colouring
2 x Wilton Black Decorator Icing Tubes
small round piping tip and pastry bag
Small off set palette knife
square cake board – 40cm x 40cm
round cake board – 12cm
Firstly, cut the tops off all your cakes so they are flat and even. Then put two of your square cakes onto the cake board (put a little frosting on first to stick them down). Put some white buttercream on the top with your palette knife.
Then using some of your off cuts put some at the bottom sides and also top middle. Again use some buttercream as a glue to stick down.
Put the other two square cakes on top and cover with the white buttercream.
Put your round cake into the board with frosting so it sticks. Cover with white buttercream. Then place about a third of the way down onto the square cakes.
Now to cover with your colours. I roughly marked out my pattern with a knife first. I did the red at the bottom first, then blue, then grey, then black. With the black frosting I squeezed it out onto the cake and spread it out.
Next I did the circle on top which is his face. Grey all over the top and black on the sides. Again, I outlined his face details with a knife and piped out his face. I just needed a little bit of white for the eyes and mouth as well.
I put some yellow buttercream in a sandwich bag and snipped off the end to pipe around the black circles at the top. Then piped all around in black to outline. I also piped around the bottom to make it a bit neater.
So there you have it, my Thomas the Tank cake. Granted it’s not perfect (the kids were trying to help!!) but it turned out how I imagined and Ryan loved it which is the main thing.
Would love to see any other Thomas cakes you have made or if you give this one a try I would love to see it.