Thomas the Tank Engine Cake

It would have been easier for me to shape the cake as Thomas and be done with it at once, but the parents declined the idea since they were afraid that little Alex could refuse to cut the cake (he loves Thomas that much). I went with the plan B – to make the train from the gum paste as a cake topper for the boy to keep his favorite character. Although, Thomas is 100% edible.

Inside is a chocolate cake, soaked with rum syrup, and filled with dulce de leche buttercream.

For those who is interested, I’m putting together a detailed tutorial “How to make Thomas the Tank Engine”. It should be done within a month, or right after Christmas (in case I manage to produce some holiday-themed tutorial first).

Update: The Thomas the Tank Engine figure tutorial is available now.

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51 Responses to “Thomas the Tank Engine Cake”

  1. That is GORGEOUS!! Wow- it’s just inspiring!

  2. Oh wow… great!!!! I don’t need a tutorial for such a huge work, I need someone who does it for me

  3. Oh, it reminds me of my childhood. That cake is splendid!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. W.O.W. The detail on this is just astounding!

  5. Your cakes are unbelievable! I love looking at them, they are perfectly executed. Completely stunning… I hope to be as good as you one day

  6. The details are perrrrfect! Great job =)

  7. sweet surrender on November 8th, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Good job!Well detail and stunning….keep up the great work.

  8. How wonderful for a little boy! This is my first visit to your site, so I spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. After making a Thomas cake for my grandson I really appreciate all your efforts–great job!!!! Is Thomas on top solid gum paste?I would love to see your tutorial!

  10. Perfection!

  11. Gorgeous! You’re so talented, love how neat your work is!

  12. You are so amazing. Every cake is more perfect than the last. Wonderful work.

  13. Amazing!! My grandson is only 4 1/2 months old and I am looking forward to doing a Thomas cake for him one of these days.

  14. Amazing! Please DO post a tutorial, can’t wait to follow it step by step. Thanks and congratulations!

  15. I am SOOO excited!! This cake is fabulous! My son has been begging me for a Thomas cake for his birthday for a couple of years–he loves how you made the cake (I just showed him). I researched this before and saw other tutorials and lots of other Thomas cakes. This is by far the nicest I have seen.

    I can’t wait for the tutorial.

  16. This is the best cake I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Amazing !

  18. So Cute!

  19. Super work with very clean lines!

  20. Thank you, everyone, for such kind comments!

    Sandy, it is a solid gum paste. There are three dowels in the cake supporting its weight.

  21. Wow…..Amazing. It looks too good to eat.

  22. I love your work…its perfection! Can’t wait for the tutorial. Could you also share some ideas about cake, fillings and frostings for cakes to be covered in fondant. Would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  23. waw!!! i just love each of your cake!!!you re so talented!!
    your cakes are sooo nice and clean!!! you ‘re a professionnal!!
    i can t wait to get your tutorial,i would never be able to do such a nice thomas !!
    congratulations for your talent,and thanks so much for sharing;
    by the way,would you mind sharing a chocolate cake recipe one day?i ve tried so many recipes that disappointed me,i m tired to throw them to the chickens around my garden!!!

  24. Amazing it looks perfect

  25. That is unbelievably incredible! Such perfection! How do you do it?

  26. absolutely stunning! you always have the most perfect cakes :)

  27. I love your work. It all looks so perfect! I was wondering how you photograph your cakes?

  28. I’m speachless – amazing!!!

  29. Food is elevated to high art here. Briliant work and I imagine it’s delicious too

  30. Thank you very much for such kind comments!

  31. Love your site. I would love a tutorial on the thomas the engine cake.

  32. Anna, thank you. It will be available right after Christmas, now it is time for some seasonal projects (one is coming out tomorrow Santa and Chimney Tutorial) and cookie baking.

  33. How do you get your gumpaste sooooo smooth? AMAZING lovely work!

  34. Love it, it is stunning!! I really want to purchase the tutorial, when will it be available? I hope I am not silly and have missed it somewhere:)

  35. I looooove the Thomas cake, it is just perfection…!!! i want to make one similar for my sons birthday…!!!
    When will the tutorial be coming out…!
    I wouls love for you to make it for me, its a shame i live in Australia…!!!

  36. Your cakes are beautiful! Perfection! I was wondering, are you self taught or did you have formal training?

  37. The cake looks fantastic. How do you get the features on the face of Thomas.

  38. Thank you for the kind comments! I hope to finish the tutorial in a week or two, sorry for the delay, but the last two months were the most crazy ones for me.

    Molly, thank you. I am entirely self-taught )

  39. That is crazy good work right there!! It’s things like this that have motivated me to express myself thru cooking!

  40. Shopping around for someone to make a Thomas cake for my son’s 4th birthday in June. This is my favorite-looking Thomas cake. Can you make it? I’m in Palmdale, CA (1 hour North of Los Angeles)? Are you for hire? :) Great job!

  41. Wonderful site and cake! I’m blowned away. You said it would have been easier to carve the cake directly instead of creating the topper. Can you explain how you would have carved it, I tried and wa snot able to make a decent Thomas, so I will try your option 2 instead: your tutorial for the train topper.

  42. Vera your work is amazing! I just purchased your Thomas tutorial in the last couple of days and I’m so excited about making it for my sons birthday! I wanted to thank you for such an excellent, detailed tutorial! I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on your website for future tutorials.

    Thanks again! :)

  43. How much will a cake like this cost???

  44. How much will a cake like this cost??

  45. What is the measurement on the Thomas the Train? And can you make Percy and James also? I’m interested in all three and what would be the cost and time frame once you recieve payment? Thank you.

  46. Rebecca, the size of the figure is roughly 5″ by 2.5″. The height is about 3.5″. The exact measurements are in the tutorial, but you can increase or decrease it proportionally to your desire.
    Unfortunately, I don’t have tutorials for Percy or James, nor I am planning to do it in the near future.

  47. Vera your work is stunning and sounds delicious. Is it possible to order a cake from you?

  48. Hi Vera,
    I too admire your work and also have a question as previous responder, is it possible to order a cake from you?

  49. Rebecca Schembri on January 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Is this still available?

  50. Rebecca, sorry I don’t quite get your question. The cake’s been long ago eaten, but tutorial how to make Thomas is available.

  51. How much would you generally charge for this cake?

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