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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65 Responses to Thomas The Tank Engine Birthday Cake

  1. Claire says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. This was only my second time at decorating a cake with fondant and my first 3D cake. Your steps are so easy to follow. Although my cake didn’t turn out exactly like yours my 2 year old loved it!

  2. Pam says:

    I just ordered the Thomas the train template. There was a message that I would receive an email with the link to download. I haven’t received the email yet. Could you please send it as soon as possible.
    Thank you

  3. Diyana says:

    Hi Ann,
    I purchased the Thomas template using my ipad, and got to the download link on 5th July 2014, but i could not open the template on my ipad. could you please email me the template as i require it urgenly.
    I paid the full $5.49 and have my transaction ID if you need that.
    Thank-you kindly

  4. Melissa says:

    Hi Ann, I would love to make this cake early next month for my nephews 2nd birthday. Just wondering if I could use the vanilla cake recipe on the tutorial for the princess cake instead of the rich chocolate cake. Also how many batches of the vanilla cake recipes would I need.
    Thanks Melissa

  5. Alaina Galley says:

    I am intending to make this cake today. I don’t want to make it for 40 people though. So only going to make 2.5 layers of cake. Can I just shrink the template by 50%?

    • Ann Ann says:

      Hi Alaina, You can shrink the template some, but shrinking the outside by 50% doesn’t shrink the volume by 50%. Think of a 6cm cube it has a volume of 216 cubic cm if you make it 3cm cube it has a volume of only 27 cubic cm ie only 1/8th as big.

  6. Shafinaz says:

    Here is what I made..Thank you.

  7. Shafinaz says:

    Hi Ann,
    I made the 3D thomas cake for my 4 year old,he was over the moon for two days.
    I am so glad I could do this,I didnt even think of attemting to make it because I didnt like the look of most thomas cakes.But when I saw your tutorial about the thomas face I wanted to make it.My son has been a thomas fan since he was two and finally I made his thomas cake thanks to you.
    Also this is first cake I ever decorated . :)

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  9. Hailey says:

    Hey Ann,

    You are such an amazing baker, you have been born with a gift, thank you for posting these videos!!! You have really inspired my mum to continue with her love for baking and now every second week, we both bake a new recipe from your website!!!

  10. Tiffany says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

    • Tamika Fowler says:

      I was surprised at how ‘easy’ it was too. Im not that cleaver usually but this step-by-step is a life saver for a mother of an Autistic ‘train OBSESED’ Child who stumbled onto this cake via youtube and just wont settle for anything less,

  14. 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!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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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