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by Elizabeth M.
(Grand Rapids, MI)

Homemade Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

Homemade Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

My son is obsessed with Thomas, so for his 2nd birthday, we decided to attempt a homemade Thomas the Train birthday cake for him.

I enlarged a Thomas coloring sheet & then did a trial run on a large sheet of paper. As suggested by another contributor, I traced the Thomas design onto parchment paper, then flipped the paper over and outlined it with white piping gel. Then I flipped the parchment paper onto the large sheet of paper and pressed the gel onto the paper.

I tested a variety of gels and types of frosting on the test design. I didn't like the way the gels looked alone. I used store-bought frosting tubes. Some of them were too dense to fill in or outline nicely, so I thinned them with the gels & then they were prefect.

I mixed my black frosting with a lot of white gel to make the gray for Thomas' face. I did my final Thomas on a store-bought cake frosted white with no decorating. I sprayed the edges with Wilton color mist. I forgot to cover the rest of the cake before spraying, so there was some over-spray, but it was very light and turned out to be helpful.

I did the outline all in white gel as before. You have to put decent pressure on the parchment to get all the gel to transfer. There were a few areas that didn't, but I could see the outlines in the blue spray. I went over the outline on the cake in the correct colors and let it dry overnight. The next day, I filled in all the spaces. I used a toothpick to get the frosting into tiny corners.

I did the steam by the wheels after that dried & swirled it with my finger to make smoke billows. After everything dried I did a few of the outlines again. I did the writing last.

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