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Thomas the Tank Engine Cake

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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

sandwich bag

Small off set palette knife

bread 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frozen Elsa Doll Cake

Elsa Doll Cake

It’s been a while since my last post as I have been on holiday to Phuket, Thailand with my family. We had a fantastic time but I will tell you more about that in upcoming posts.

Anyway, a few days after we got back it was my daughter’s 5th birthday and of course she wanted a Frozen Elsa Cake. After pinning away on Pinterest and doing some research we decided on a doll cake.

To make this cake you will need:

3 x buttercake cake mix (you will only need 2.5 packets)

1 x dolly vardon cake tin (you can get these at cake decorating shops)

2 x Buttercream Frosting

Blue food colouring – Wilton Sky Blue Wilton Set of 8 Icing Colors

White Fondant and snow flake cutter

Pearl Candies or cachous

Cake Board

Elsa Doll

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Make your cake mix as per instructions. Spray your tin with cooking spray and put two and a half packets of mix into the tin and place in the oven for about an hour and a half or until a skewer comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the tin for about 10 mins and then turn out onto a wire rack.

Meanwhile make the buttercream. Add the colouring gradually until you are happy with the colour.

Once the cake is completely cooled cut a hole in the centre with a seraded knife. If your doll is too tall use some cake from the centre and some buttercream to build up the top a bit.

Crumb coat with a thin layer of buttercream and put in the fridge while you make the fondant snowflakes.

Roll out a thin layer of fondant and cut out the snowflakes. Brush with luster dust if you wish. Set aside while you finish icing the cake.

Continue to ice the cake with a generous amount of frosting. Stick on your snowflakes using a small dob of frosting. Push on your pearls as well.

Finally add her cape and you’re all done.
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I hope your kids love this cake as much as mine. It was a big hit.

Elsa Doll Cake close up

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Frozen Inspired Giant Cupcake

Frozen Cake

For my birthday late last year I got a giant cupcake pan. I finally had the chance to try it out today. Of course when I asked my daughter how I should decorate it she said, “Frozen!”.

I filled both halves with a Home Brand buttercake packet mix and baked for an hour. They both rose very well so once they had cooled I cut the tops off with a serrated knife.

I made a batch of buttercream http://www.bindybee.com/buttercream-frosting and put some on the bottom half and put the top on. I coloured the rest of the buttercream blue and put it all over the top.

Frozen Cake Close up

I cut out some fondant snowflakes and my daughter put some edible white glitter on top. I then just placed them all over the top and on the cake board.

Frozen Cake Cut

This cake was very easy to make and would be great for any Frozen fan’s birthday party.

Frozen Cake Collage