Thomas The Tank Engine Birthday Cake

how to make a thomas the tank engine kids birthday cake recipe how to cook that ann reardon
If you have little boys then sooner or later you are likely to be making a train cake, possibly even a Thomas the Tank Engine.  The train itself is fairly simple slabs of cake, coated in butter cream with biscuit wheels, licorice details and carriages filled with lollies.  But the face is tricky, it does not work using buttercream and to make it out of fondant takes a little bit of know how.   This video shows you a simple trick to use when making the face for you cake.  If you’ve never heard of fondant click here for fondant basics.


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Hi I'm Ann, food scientist, dietitian, wife, mum to 3 boys. Join me each week for desserts, chocolate and cakes.
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49 Responses to Thomas The Tank Engine Birthday Cake

  1. Tiffany says:

    Hi! I just downloaded the template. Super excited!!! How do I scale it down?

  2. Mark Robinson says:

    Hi Ann!
    I made this for my son’s 3rd birthday yesterday. It took ages but it was worth it fir the kook on his face. I’ve been making party cakes for a few years but this was the most complex design I’ve done so far – a real challenge. I think it turned out OK. Thanks for the help.

  3. Nuray says:

    hi Ann,
    I purchased the link for Thomas cake, but i can only see the link on the paypal reciept. Is there any other way i can download this link please.
    Im so upset its not working for me.

    thanks Nuray

  4. Bronwyn says:

    These instructions are brilliant. I was a bit apprehensive at making the Thomas face for my son’s birthday cake, but with this video it actually looks like Thomas and not scary.
    I have the cake made and in the freezer so now I just have to get the rest of Thomas to be as good as the face.

  5. Kate says:

    Hi Ann,

    I made the thomas the train cake for my 2 year old son, and it turned out great! I was super scared to make it, not working if fondant before in my life, and it took me a few hours to do, but it turned out looking and tasting great!! It was a challenge, but a really fun challenge at that. Thanks again for the great tutorial!!

  6. Lesley says:

    Hi ann,
    You are the champion, I’m so thankful found your web. I made thomas bday cake for my son 3 rd bday last oct, and I’m so happy for my achievement, although not perfect yet, but I’m proud to myself :-), will keep trying to make and learn a lot from your video.

  7. Zarina says:

    Hi Anne
    I do make cakes, but am still learning and am learning a lot from you. Your blog is amazing ! you really help amateurs like us with your kind advise.
    Anne, I came across a ‘cake leveller ‘ in the cake shop. Can I use that to cut cakes into half evenly. I can never cut the cakes properly when I need to sandwich it with butter cream. Could you help me with some tips please.
    Thanks. Zarina

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