Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Birthday Trains

We had a birthday in the house last week.
A certain young boy turned three.

As he attended preschool on his birthday, he needed a cake to take to preschool. I had a wee think about it and decided that when it comes to cakes, kids tend to eat the icing and leave the cake. 

If I was going to go to the effort of baking something, I wanted it to be something that they would eat and enjoy. I decided that gingerbread generally goes down well with kids!

So I decided to make a gingerbread house.

Then I had a rethink and decided to make a gingerbread train.

I was inspired by images that I found on the internet but my train looks absolutely nothing like the train that it was vaguely based upon. Scallywag was thrilled with his train and decided that it was Thomas (the tank engine)- not Gordon, not Percy, not James, not Toby but Thomas (high praise believe me!)

For home I quickly made up a Thomas the tank engine cake. I will freely admit that there are far better Thomas cakes on the internet, but I am pretty proud that I managed this with the rather limited time and resources that I had available.

My wee man loved them both- mission accomplished!

 This is the second year that I've sent gingerbread to preschool to celebrate Scallywag's birthday- last year it was a house, this year it was a train. I'm wondering whether it will be a gingerbread digger next year...


  1. Those are both fantastic! Great idea to make a gingerbread train! And I love the Thomas cake too :)

  2. Awww they look awesome! Well done you! and Happy Birthday to that gorgeous boy xx

  3. Well done Juliet! The cakes look great and I bet the kids enjoyed them too! Merry Christmas to you and your family - I bet there is great excitement in your house at the moment!

  4. Amazing Mama !! !! Bet he loved his cake and gingerbread .. .. .. I remember Thomas days fondly


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