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Thomas the Tank Engine Cake


Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

Make 3 3/4 cups of buttercream icing:

? Tint 3/4 cup gray

? Tint 3/4 cup blue

? Tint 1/2 cup red

? Tint 1/4 cup yellow

? Tint 3/4 cup black

? Reserve 1/2 cup white

Step 2

Decorate in numerical order:

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.

Step 3

Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to pipe outline following pan.

Step 4

Use tip 5 and gray buttercream icing to pipe in wheels. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.

Step 5

Use tip 5 and blue buttercream icing to pipe in wheel caps. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.

Step 6

Use tip 5 and red buttercream icing to pipe in hitch. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch

Step 7

Use tip 5 and white buttercream icing to pipe in eyes. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

Use tip 16 and blue buttercream icing to pipe stars for cab.

Step 10

Use tip 16 and black buttercream icing to pipe stars for roof and underside of train.

Step 11

Use tip 16 and gray buttercream icing to pipe stars for face and underside of cab.

Step 12

Use tip 16 and red buttercream to pipe stars for bumper

Step 13

Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to overpipe brows.

Step 14

Use tip 12 and black buttercream icing to pipe top edge of roof and ring on bumper pads.

Step 15

Use tip 12 and yellow buttercream icing to pipe outside edge of lights.

Step 16

Use tip 1 and white buttercream icing to pipe eye highlight and connector hole.

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Sky Blue Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color (combine sky blue with royal blue for blue shown)

Red-Red Icing Color (combine red-red with a touch of lemon yellow for red shown)

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color (combine golden yellow and lemon yellow for yellow shown.)

Black Icing Color

Two-layer cake mix or make favorite layer cake recipe

cornstarch

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Coupler

13 x 19 in. Cake Board

Fanci-Foil Wrap

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.

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Thomas the Tank Engine Cake is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 2 out of 5 by from 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 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2013-03-06
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