A few times each year I make special birthday cakes, and last year my nephew, Ben, wanted a cake of Emily from the Thomas the Train series. Obviously I give adorable 2 year olds whatever they ask me for, as any sensible adult would.
I enlist my mother’s decorating help whenever I can, because she excels at making a spectacular setting for the cake.
And yes, that’s store bought icing — not the best idea for keeping a complicated cake together. Buttercream works much better for structural stability, but I was rather rushed on time for this project.
The cake was a hit! It takes a lot of time and effort to make a cake like this. I enjoy the challenge, but the real reward is when you see the amazed look on a loved one’s face.