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Thomas the Tank Engine birthday cake - please help!

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fillybuster Thu 31-Jul-08 22:46:37

(Also posted in parties...)

Please help!! I foolishly asked my nearly 3 yr old ds what cake he'd like for his birhtday...<sigh>...and he said Thomas.

Can anyone help with how on earth I go about doing this? Is there a cake tin in the right shape out there? (Not in Lakeland or John Lewis...I've checked already!). Where on earth do I find that quantity of blue icing? [panic emoticon]

All help enormously appreciated...


Fimbo Thu 31-Jul-08 22:48:13

Tesco sell Thomas cakes.

sfxmum Thu 31-Jul-08 22:48:51

I did a square cake then made a landscape of sort on top plus some rails popped a toy Thomas on it and Harold on helipad fat controller etc tress etc bob is your uncle

dh did one for the 2nd birthday which was more elaborate but I am lazy grin

jingleyjen Thu 31-Jul-08 22:49:26

I did a tray bake printed out this immage of Thomas in the right size.

Cut round the edges and used ready roll icing in the right colours to ice it.

tutu100 Thu 31-Jul-08 22:51:23

I decided in the end after figuring out how to make one and then working out the cost of all the things I would need to buy that it was much less hassle and not much more money to buy the £10 cake from sainsbury's.

I am normally a homemade cake person, but like you was scared of the amount of blue icing I'd have to make, although next year I'm gonig to try sfxmum's idea.

sfxmum Thu 31-Jul-08 22:53:19

I am quite rubbish at it but pic on profile
2 years running on Thomas cake she loves it but this year there were also fairies about

lucysmam Fri 01-Aug-08 11:26:58

mil made thomas train for lo's birthday this year, took ages and cost a fortune to make. it looked good but for all the effort it's only going to get eaten anyways! i think sfxmum has the right idea, keep it easy and make a track on top for thomas & any of the others

fillybuster Mon 04-Aug-08 10:14:16

Thanks - I think that might be an excellent solution to my problems. I've definitely got to make (not buy) it, but I love the landscape/train track etc idea.

I was toying with just doing a round cake so that it was Thomas face-on (IYSWIM) but I'm still quite daunted by the blue icing issue....

Does that mean that there just isn't a train cake mold available? Lakeland seem to have a bunch of new molds, including a ship and tractor but sadly no trains...

(PS Sorry for the delay, had laptop/internet access issues for a few days).

Legoleia Mon 04-Aug-08 10:18:48

cake tin

You can always whack it back on eBay when you've finished.

blue icing if you're worried!


prettybird Mon 04-Aug-08 10:38:12

I made Thomas cakes for ds for 4 years in a row! Thomas for his 2nd birthday and thereafter the appropriate Number for his age.

Used to just make Nigella's buttermilk cake in a square tin and then cut it into chucnk and sandwich it together with jam to get the right shape before icing it.

depening on the colour I had to do, I used ready roll icing or buttermilk icing. The blue icing was most easily doen with buttermilk icing plus blue colouring. I then had on eof the "icing wirters" in black to pipe on the details (includign the face) and used ready roll white with a wee bit of black mixed in and cut into a circle for the face.

Used licorice catherine wheels for the bumpers, smarties for the bumpers you get the picture. The finishing touch was a wee bit of cotton wool for the team.

If I say so myself, they did look quite good - the big engines were more of a hassle as I had to to do the tender as well.

Don't have any pictures on my work pc - but you can see the dalek I now have to produce on my profile!

Alli8 Sat 23-Aug-08 17:17:05

Hi, just to let you ladies know there is a Thomas cake mould out there.

Here is the link - they will hire this one out and they are in the UK. I've used this store before and they are really good everytime.

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