I used a molded train pan from Wilton, which, as all mothers of toddler boys are well aware, is not shaped like the actual Thomas. The design got a little fudged. Also, I made a HUGE mistake while making the blue icing and ended up having to make a whole new batch with an hour to go before the party started. No pressure, right?
There wasn't even time to clear off the table and take a decent picture of Thomas' evil cousin. The icing I used for his face was a little too thin. While I waited for it to harden enough to sculpt, it started sliding off! He ended up looking like he's 80 and making paid appearances during his retirement. Oh well! The Birthday Boy knew who he was when he looked at the cake and I suppose that's really what matters, right?
Trains are very big in this family. This was actually the 3rd one I made for them. Other cakes I've made at their request include basket of strawberries, Cookie Monster, coo-coo clock (possibly my favorite cake ever!), a white bear and a Panda Bear. They joke that they have me on retainer. I'm just glad that they like my cakes!