Ideas for a Thomas the Train Birthday Cake


"Thomas the Tank Engine" is a series of television shows and movies that are popular with young children. The Thomas brand includes many toys and other items, so it is a popular option for a birthday party theme. When you are planning a Thomas the Tank Engine party, make sure all aspects of the party coordinate with the theme. Make the Thomas train cake yourself, even if you aren't an experienced baker.

Easy Thomas Cake

  • Creating a three-dimensional Thomas cake from scratch could be difficult, so consider taking an easier route, while still making the cake yourself. Purchase a cake pan shaped like Thomas the Tank Engine so you can simply pour the cake batter into the pan and bake it. When you turn the cake out of the pan, it will look like Thomas. Next, frost the cake using red, blue, yellow and black frosting to make it look even more like Thomas.

Railroad Scene Cake

  • Create a cake that utilizes all of Thomas' friends and looks like a scene out of a Thomas the Tank Engine book or movie. Bake a rectangular sheet cake and frost it with green icing so that it looks like a field. Use black licorice ropes or black frosting to create a railroad track winding all over the cake. Then, choose small Thomas and Friends toys to place onto the track. Be sure to wash the toys before placing them onto the track.

Thomas Face Cake

  • The friendly face of Thomas the Tank Engine is instantly recognizable to any child who enjoys reading his books or watching his television show. Create a cake that simply looks like the front of the train. Bake two or three round cakes in graduated sizes and stack them on top of each other. Frost the bottom cakes in red or blue. Decorate the top cake so that it looks like Thomas' face. Use gray frosting on the cake. Then, use black and white frosting to create Thomas' eyes, nose and mouth.


  • Rather than creating a large cake for the child's Thomas party, consider baking a batch of cupcakes. Decorate the cupcakes in a couple different ways. One idea is to frost them with gray icing and then use black and white icing to pipe Thomas' face onto their tops. Alternatively, frost the cupcakes in red or blue icing, or a combination of the two. Then, place a Thomas toy on top of each cupcake. If you can find lollipops or other candies shaped like Thomas, use those to decorate the cupcakes.

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