Look who just arrived in time for birthday fun! This awesome Thomas the Tank Engine cartoon cake looks just like the real deal and is sure to be a great birthday surprise for little conductors. Use the Thomas and Friends Cake Pan to create a cute train character cake that looks like it’s right off the rails! You could also use the same pan to create and customize your own train design.
Trace pan shape on cake board. Cut board and wrap with Fanci-Foil Wrap.
Position cake on board. Ice sides, background areas, inside edges of cab and bumper,
and inside of mouth smooth with white buttercream icing.
Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to pipe outline following pan.
Use tip 5 and gray buttercream icing to pipe in wheels. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.
Use tip 5 and blue buttercream icing to pipe in wheel caps. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.
Use tip 5 and red buttercream icing to pipe in hitch. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch
Use tip 5 and white buttercream icing to pipe in eyes. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.
Use tip 5 and black buttercream icing to pipe in connector, pupils, eyebrows, inside bumper pads and inside
of lights. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.
Use tip 16 and blue buttercream icing to pipe stars for cab.
Use tip 16 and black buttercream icing to pipe stars for roof and underside of train.
Use tip 16 and gray buttercream icing to pipe stars for face and underside of cab.
Use tip 16 and red buttercream to pipe stars for bumper
Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to overpipe brows.
Use tip 12 and black buttercream icing to pipe top edge of roof
and ring on bumper pads.
Use tip 12 and yellow buttercream icing to pipe outside edge of lights.
Use tip 1 and white buttercream icing to pipe eye highlight and connector hole.
The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.
Thomas the Tank Engine Cake is rated
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Rated 4 out of
I think my cake came out well overall. I am still a beginner and I had trouble with piping the black border lines. The wavering I had in the black lines was somewhat hidden because the stars fill in the spaces so well. I would really suggest spraying extra extra baking spray on your pan in the face region. I would suggest placing the stars very close together. I had trouble icing the sides, because of the uneven shape, but I have no suggestions on how to improve that. For the blue color of Thomas--try adding the royal blue color to white icing before adding the sky blue color.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 4 out of
Easy to decorate, looks great!I've made this cake twice. Both times, it came out looking as it does on the instructions. I'd consider myself to be a limited decorator.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 2 out of
If I do this cake again, and having the pan makes that probable, I will cut the eyes and yellow circles out of colored fondant. Piping circles is not my forte. Other than that the only other issue was the slope on the pan sides making this look rather smashed, prefer a straight side so will trim in the future.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 5 out of
My three year old grandson is a Thomas the Tank Engine fan, and this adorably sweet cake made his birthday marvelous. He told me later that I was a 'Super Nana', for making him his "favoritest cake ever!" Easy to decorate with one of your favorite cake recipes and Wilton's buttercream icing. A real hit!