Thomas Birthday Cake

Please forgive the short interruptions we have from laundry this week.  Yesterday I guest posted on Preparing for Morning Sickness and today we’re talking birthday cake ideas.  For all of you laundry lovers, we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming in a day or so!

I’m participating in FishMama’s Birthday Cake Round-Up today!

When my son Davis turned 3, I wanted to make him a Thomas Birthday Cake.  But I had zero (and I mean zero) decorating skills.  So for all of you who are a little cake-challenged, you can try using sugar wafer discs.

I melted the discs in the microwave in a bowl and then spread in a thin layer on wax paper while it was still warm and spreadable.  I made a template of the design that I wanted to use and then placed it over the cooled sugar discs. 

Using an ultra-sharp knife, I carved the design from the template into the cooled sugar wafers.  The excess easily broke off and I carefully placed the wafer design on my cake.

For this cake, I baked two 9 x 13” cakes and cut the front edge of the top one off to make a shelf.  I had a Thomas candle sit on the little ledge with three single candles.  I had the idea to pipe in a black railroad track for the Thomas candle to run on, but alas.  I ran out of time!

(Yes, I am painfully aware that I placed the cake on the cake board upside down.  Thomas and his friends are completely upside down…sigh) 

A plethora of birthday cake ideas are waiting over at Life as MOM.  Go check them out!


  1. It’s SO cute! But for someone who has even less knowledge…what in the world are sugar wafers?? The Thomas train turned out great – I would not say you have ZERO decorating skills!! Afterall…work smarter, not harder!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Celebrating 10 Years! =-.

    • mamalaundry says:

      Oh goodness – I guess that is vital information about the cake, huh? So sorry!

      I got the sugar wafers at Michael’s. They were in the cake decorating section and it looks like they are also used for candy molds and other things. You can get them at AC Moore’s too. And maybe even Wal-Mart since they expanded their cake supplies.

      And they come in tons of colors!

      Also, I made the templates based on the Thomas paper plates we had. I just traced it off of the plate, scanned it into the printer and enlarged it to fit the cake.

      Believe me, this is much harder than it sounds! Thanks for commenting!



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