Coolest Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

This Thomas the Train Birthday Cake was a fun cake to make, and really not too hard. The cake was a dense chocolate, so it held up really well to stacking. I didn’t use dowels, just frosted each tier and stacked them.

I used all buttercream except for the tree trunks, railroad tracks, and fence. Those were done in chocolate buttercream.

After frosting and stacking tiers, I used a basketweave tip to make the fence and tree trunks, smoothing the trunks a little with a butterknife.

I used a grass tip for the tree tops and the grass around the bottom of the cake. The clouds were made using a large star tip.

Once I piped the railroad, I gently pressed the toy train onto it.

That’s it. Really fun cake.

6 thoughts on “Coolest Thomas the Train Birthday Cake”

  1. i have to make this cake for my 4 year old boy this may but i am really afraid of making tierd cake since my lower tier got crushed .plz can yoy tell me the recipie of butter cream.

  2. Hi,
    Your tiers should be fine as long as you use a really sturdy cake. Like a good pound cake or the like. A soft, delicate cake will for sure crush.
    If you do use a delicate cake, just put a few wooden dowel rods in the bottom tier, in a circular pattern, to support the top. :)
    I don’t follow a recipe for my buttercream, but it’s really easy. Cream 3 sticks of softened, salted butter in a large bowl for about 3 minutes, til it’s really creamy and fluffy. Then I add about an 1/8 cup of whole milk or half and half, 3 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract,and probably around 4 cups of powdered sugar, (and cup at a time). Mix until very well combined, give it a taste…it should be buttery, but not overwhelming. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar. Too thick, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time. Mix on high speed for about 4 minutes, til it’s lightened and fluffy and smooth. Enjoy!


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