As all who read this undoubtedly know, Liam is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine and his many steamie friends from the Island of Sodor. When I asked Liam what type of cake he wanted for his 4th birthday, it was no surprise that he answered, "A Thomas cake, with a train track on it and Thomas on the track."
My first inclination was to create a repeat of the cake I made for Annabell's 3rd (?) birthday: a simple rectangular sheet cake with frosting tracks and a miniature Thomas on top. But I've never enjoyed repeating myself, and given the magnitude of Liam's love for all things Thomas, I decided to go all out and try to match his enthusiasm.
As usual, my grandiose vision turned out to be far more work than I anticipated, but the delight on the kids' faces was worth every penny, hour, and crumb in my carpet.