Ever since our trip to Heritage Park, Little H has been completely obsessed with Thomas. I mean, she always liked Thomas but that trip sealed the deal.
She really wanted a Thomas the Train cake for her birthday and had been eying the one in our local Calgary Co-op bakery where we grocery shop. The day came for us to go in and order it and to our surprise, a Thomas the Train cake at Co-op is $75. YES $75 !!
I refused to pay that for a cake for a three year old. That’s extortion in my book! I was pretty sure she’d be excited by any cake that was unveiled to her and I knew I could put something together that she would enjoy so I vowed to figure out how to make a Thomas birthday cake.
And then I realized I’m not that great at cake decorating. Sure, the three year olds were impressed and yes, the adults commented that it looked ‘great’ but it sure didn’t live up to the vision I had in my head when I started.
My printed letters were all wonky (I photo-shopped them out because I try not to use her name a lot here) and I had jagged edges that I filled in with icing. I didn’t have enough green icing to cover the bottom edge and I couldn’t fit the second train on.
BUT…little H loved that she got to help me bake it. She poured in the eggs and the oil and helped to stir it. And she also loved how it tasted. I bet mine tasted better than that $75 one, hands down.
I’ll call it a win, even if it was a bit of a train wreck! After candles, icing, the train and sprinkles I’m sure it only cost me around $35…maybe even less 🙂