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.