My older son Alexander is a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. Island of Sodor is the place where all Thomas stories take place. I thought of making him an Island of Sodor birthday cake months ago. One time while we were at Target, I saw these Percy birthday trains series (the last cart has a surprise inside) then I knew I definitely had to buy it to put on the cake and also as his birthday presents. What’s so cool was that I later found a set of traffic sign bday candles to use on the cake too.
Again, it’s 3-layered cake with Pastry Pride non-diary whipping cream and fresh strawberries (hmmm, maybe one of these days I will try apple pie filling instead of strawberries). The cake was supposed to be coated in green color expect for the ocean corner but I forgot and so I had to add the green to the side later– it was hard because icing doesn’t stick very well with whipped cream. I had to work fast as it was getting a little runny– I thought if it won’t stay then we will have a small mud slide on the island, oh well… You know people always decorate the picture on the top of the cake, well this time I have decided to extend the picture to the side of the cake. The train tracks go from the top to the sides of the cake and same with the ocean. Speaking of ocean, I blend the color straight on the cake and use a pallete knife to smear around to create the look (Richard said there are quite some waves there and I said of course… it’s an ocean!! 🙂 I wanted to do a tunnel that trains would come out of it but not sure how it would work, so I changed my mind and put a hill instead (I used ice cream waffle bowl, coated and covered with grass). Animals and rocks are toys I borrowed from my kids for decorating purpose. The candles are something that I found at clearance that just fit the theme– each says “Happy Birthday Zone”, “Stop for Cake”, “Yield for Fun” and “Party Ahead”. There are 4 candles total in the set and Alexander is 4– what can be better than that!! I also crumbed up some graham crackers for the “gravels” on the tracks. Since there are no place for the words, I created a “birthday flag” to add a special touch.
Here are the tools that I used: grass– tip #233; rail wooden board– #47; metal tracks on top of rail board– #3. Colors used: leafy green, sky blue, brown, black (to mix in with brown for metal tracks). Tip: to decorate the track easily later, I drew the lines on the cake after coating it on top and the side– the tracks will look smooth and the width of the tracks will also look about the same size.