Cake This Thomas cake will serve 40 people, you can scale it down if you have less guests.
Cake two and a half times the rich chocolate cake recipe baked into five trays 25cm (9.84 inches) x 38cm (14.96 inches) baked at 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes.
Fondant for thomas train cake
400g (14.11 ounces) black fondant
650g (22.93 ounces) blue fondant
450g (15.87 ounces) red fondant
30g (1.06 ounces) yellow fondant
160g (5.64 ounces) grey fondant
Note: Fondant quantities are actual amounts used on the cake allow extra for rolling out.
Frosting for train cake:
Two quantities of buttercream recipe in flavour of your choice
Two quantities of ganache recipe, allow to cool completely at room temp and then whip, use to cover the outside of the train before adding fondant. You can whip any left over buttercream into the ganache too if you like.
Equipment needed for train cake:
Fondant extruder (optional you can roll long skinny snakes instead this just makes it quicker and easier).
Pizza cutter (optional)
drinking straw to cut small circles
non-stick baking paper
metal piping tip or something with 1.7cm (0.67 inches) diameter to cut circle
1: Make the fondant details ahead of time so they can dry out (see video)
2: Bake the cakes, prepare the frosting and make the simple syrup, this can be done 2 days before the party see above for quantities.
3: Construct and decorate the cake the day before the party, see the video for demonstration.
4. If it is very hot where you live store in the fridge otherwise room temperature is fine.
5. Enjoy the birthday boy or girls face when they see their Thomas cake.