Friday, November 10, 2006


Here is a list of tools and products I use:

  • 3 batches of crusting buttercream frosting see recipes
  • Hershey's Cocoa powder (to add to black frosting)
  • 11"X15" sheetcake pan (may also use 12"X18")
  • Wax paper
  • Cling wrap (plastic wrap)
  • Cake decorating spatulas (I mainly use the 8" straight spatulas on Thomas)
  • Wilton gumpaste tools (for creating Thomas' facial features)
  • Wilton Colors Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
  • Toothpicks
  • Marshmallow Fondant (follow link to recipe) or Wilton Fondant
  • Small rolling pin
  • Cornstarch or Powdered Sugar for dusting work surface
  • Crisco (not the butter variety)
  • Quality paintbrush (small)
  • Piping bags and tips
  • Piping Gel (for the back of Thomas' face)
  • 1 Wilton cookie stick (for Thomas' face) I use "8 size
  • 1 dowel rod (to be inserted into smokestack)
  • prepared cake board (I recommend using foam core or several cake boards bound together. You can cover your boards with colorful paper or material, then cover the top with contact paper. Sounds like another tutorial doesn't it?

A few important rules to follow:

  • Make Thomas' face several days before the party
  • Bake cake ahead of time so you'll have time to freeze it
  • Have your cake board prepared before you take the cake from freezer
  • Have your frostings made and colored before you take the cake from freezer


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