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HomemadeThomas the Tank Engine Birthday Cake

by Noshie
(Shrewsbury , UK)


This is the simple Thomas the Tank Engine cake I made for my gorgeous son's second birthday, he absolutely adored his cake and it was easy to make. The sponge was a rich, gooey chocolate sponge cake topped with chocolate fudge frosting and decorated with designated coconut ( for the steam), chocolate chips for the railway track and mini smarties just for decoration. For Thomas' face and body I cut it out of ready made icing that I bought from my local baking store. For the ready made icing it tends to come in a square and you just roll it out on a lightly dusted surface and begin your shaping (dust with icing sugar). I bought the ready made roll out icing in blue, red, black, white and grey. For Thomas' facial features I used a black icing tube that I bought from the local supermarket. The blue icing was also an icing tube I bought from the supermarket but I used a shell nozzle.
The chocolate fudge frosting was the Betty Crocker one which I love as you have the same perfect consistency and it just makes it so incredibly easy. I also added a blue ribbon around the sides of the cake to add more colour. That was pretty much it really. Incredibly simple like I required as I had never done anything like this before. Hope this cake gives others some ideas too(",) xoxo

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HomemadeTweetyBird Birthday Cake

by Debi Crawford-Robinson
(Henderson, Texas)


This is the first character cake I ever made and I was sure hoping for the best!!! The kids at my daughters party loved it and their moms wanted me to make some birthday cakes for them. I used the Wilton Tweety pan and the recipes that Wilton has in the directions that came with it. The paste food coloring is a must, liquid will not let the frosting set. As a novice, I tried it and it looked sad!!! So we spooned that frosting off the cake and put it on some cupcakes and made the right kind. I covered most of the cake in stars, and smooth frosted the rest. It was a lot of fun. I have enjoyed making decorated cakes for the birthdays, and have gone on to bigger, more ornate ones. I have found that using cake mixes work better for me than "scratch" recipes. I also found the frosting is better using butter rather than shortening, although it needs to be chilled before and after decorating sometimes. The cakepan has been discontinued, and I lost mine in a move, so I am looking to replace it so I can make one for my granddaughter!!

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HomemadeTank Cake

by Natalie Brand
(Reading, Berks, England)

BLAST!

BLAST!

I made this cake for my Dad's 60th birthday. It is a replica of a WWII Tiger Tank and being 'Kelly's Heroes' fans, the numbering on the side is the same as the one in the film, 115.

The Cake is 2 Chocolate sponges glued together with buttercream and then shaped with a bread knife using images from the web. Then the whole thing was covered with buttercream and the fondant icing placed on top (this part is difficult if you've never done it before). The rolling was tricky and I nearly gave up because it just stuck to the surface, but my Husband saved me and we stayed up late persevering through till 1am.

The fondant is made from fondant icing sugar and coloured with the green paste the professionals use. This paste is better than food colouring because the latter makes the icing too sticky. I rubbed coco into the icing to make the tank look dirty and shaped some of the icing to furnish the tank with parts etc.. The candle is bought from Tesco and covered with icing. Crushed biscuits make the sand.

Tears came to my Dad's eyes ....made it all worth it!

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