One of my great friends asked me to make a Thomas-themed birthday cake for her son’s second birthday earlier this week. Now, I’m a mom of two young ones so my time is limited but I just couldn’t say no – Dawson is a sweet little boy, one of Oliver’s little friends, and I consider making this type of cake a hobby.
I did know that I wouldn’t have time to shape Thomas out of fondant (like I did for Oliver’s cake), so I opted for a cardboard printout on the top and concentrated on making the rest of it simple but colorful and fun.
The cake design process for me is a bit of cruising the internet, a bit of what I will have time for (at least at this point), and a lot of flexibility to modify the design as I go if I have to. In this case, the batch of fondant I made was tearing (evident in the second pic below) and looking pretty awful on the bottom layer, so, after a mini panic attack, I decided to add the layer of blue fondant and used part of a cookie cutter to make the wavy design. I just had to roll with it.
My friend wanted lemon so we went with a white cake, a lemon curd for the filling, and a lemon buttercream. The buttercream could have been lemonier (in my opinion), but the curd was so so so delicious and all of the parts worked really well together!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWSON!