My last Thomas & Friends Cake Club post got such a positive response that when a customer ordered a Thomas & Friends cake I knew I had to create this Thomas Cake Topper Tutorial.
I won’t lie, fondant modelling isn’t easy, but with a few hints & tips and the the right tools it definitely makes the job so much easier. Whenever I start a cake or model I always break it down into manageable pieces or layers. I try to see the basic shapes & then work from that rather than getting overwhelmed by the whole creation.
Start with the basic shapes & colours, the first & second image shows how simple the basic model is before we start adding the detail.
I always use gel food colouring in my fondant, these can be bought online somewhere like Amazon, local cake decorating shop or sometimes supermarkets have the basic primary colours, don’t try & use liquid food colouring.
Just using coloured fondant will be far too soft to work with, I add something called tylo powder to my fondant when modelling which creates a much firmer consistency and makes the icing set hard.
You can also use a little Tylo mixed with cooled boiled water to create your own edible glue, much cheaper than buying it! Use the edible glue to stick all the pieces together and allow to dry a little whilst you move onto Step 2.
Again it’s just about breaking the steps down into shapes and layering it up. First the face and front end of the train, then move on bit by bit using the images as a guide. You can see the train really starting to take shape, bit by bit, piece by piece. This is what I love about cake decorating. You get to create something from nothing, basically starting off with a slab of white icing which can be transformed into pure happiness when someone sees their cake.
And there’s the final Thomas model, it looks fab doesn’t it?