Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thomas The Train Cake with Crossing Gates

Sebby's Fourth Birthday Cake

I asked my grandson, Sebby, what he wanted on his birthday cake this year.  He is turning four.  He said he wanted a crossing gate cake.  He was very specific.  I don't know what it is that has him enamored with crossing gates.  Maybe he likes the flashing lights, the gates coming down, or the ding-ding-ding sound.  When I ask him what he wants to do he says, "Can I watch crossing gates on the computer?" I never knew there were so many crossing gates on You Tube.  You can see crossing gates from anywhere in the world.  He would watch them for hours if I let him, but he only gets a half hour.  Thus we made a plan for a crossing gate cake and, of course, it had to have Thomas the Train.

I found this cute cow, or one like it on the internet and I changed it to fit my cake.  I think he is the best sculpture on the cake. Thomas and the gates were the most difficult to do and they are far from great.  But you can recognize him and Sebby said that this was, "The most awesome cake ever!"  So if he likes it then it is a great success.  I used popsicle s
This cake was fun to do but took forever.  I don't know how those cake challenge guys do huge cakes in 8 hours.  It is unreal! I started this cake, made from scratch, on Sunday.  I crumb coated it and put it in the fridge until the next day when I covered it with home made fondant.  I used gumpaste for the sculptures and fondant for the trees.

I like the bird Callie made.  This was her only contribution to the cake, other than keeping the kids busy while I worked on it. 

I needed something for the back of the cake so I made a tree and put a little blue bird in it.  I know I have several different kinds of trees on here.  I wanted the bottom layer to look more "valley-meadow" and the top a rocky mountain for the tunnel. Not perfect but you get the general idea.

This little lamb is supposed to be wooly.  He isn't nearly as good as the cow I made, but he is still cute so we used him because Sebby didn't want me to throw him in the trash.  So he is here thanks to him.  I should have made some buddies for him but this cake was taking way too long and I don't have ideal work area to spread out like I want.

1 comment:

  1. WOW...that is amazing!! Malachi's Birthday is in a month...