Monday, 28 May 2012

The Legendary Thomas Train Jelly Cake


As you may have gathered from a previous post entitled ‘cake decorating disaster’ creating the perfect birthday cake is not my forte!

So you can guess at my disappointment  when my third child decided that he didn’t want cake for his third birthday, (or ever for that matter)… his favorite ‘food’ is jelly. Therefore, I set about creating the famous and legendary (in our household al least) Thomas Train Jelly cake!

Previously, in an over enthusiastic way and with the confidence of best intentions, I purchased a silicone train cake mould from BigW…..Determined not to let my inspirational purchase go to waste I used the cake mould as a jelly mould instead!






 This jelly creation certainly would not win any prizes for perfectionism! But it certainly won a place in our families history…and judging by the photos, I'm pretty sure it won a place in my little boys heart!

Although I completely understand the irony of me offering tips for creating the jelly cake…. Here are some tips,  just in case you have been inspired by the awesomeness!

  • Spray the mould with some light tasting cooing oil to make the jelly extraction easier (although it’s not easy and I lost quite a few little carriages, and warped Thomas……

  • Make the jelly with ½ as much water as listed on the packet to make it firmer.

  • Try not to move the jelly once it is on the tray…it sticks and breaks very easily!

  • Anything will look good to a child with lollies on top!....just make sure they don't eat the play dough 

  • Don't ever mention to the birthday boy  that you dismantled his favourite toy to create the Thomas jelly spectacular!

Today I’m sharing my amazing creativity (not) with the team at #IBOT (I blog on Thursday) over at Diary of a SAHM…pop over and take a look!


26 comments:

  1. dude! that is incredible!! snaps to you for just getting out there and doing it - not to mention a creative kid who decided on a jelly cake!

    #teamIBOT

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  2. Oh WOW, that looks sensational! What a fab alternative to a cake. Love all the bright colours and you've done a wonderful job on keeping the shape of Thomas and accompaniments. Looks like a happy customer receiving it too and THAT is worth every bit of effort. Gorgeous boy! xo

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    1. Thanks! He still remembers it and he especially loves seeing the photos :)

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  3. Well done!! I've not made a jelly cake before but I had thoughts of making one for Lil Pumpkin. will try it out.. thanks for the tips too :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Thanks Ai! It was a lot of fun to do actually and the kids just loved it!

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  4. Fantastic idea! I think it looks pretty cool, myself!

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  5. That looks AMAZING! Incidentally, my son wore that same jumper at his Thomas-themed birthday party on his second birthday.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I think I remember that jumper in one of your posts :)

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  6. What a brilliant way to get around the disliking cake thing. You are such a clever spark.

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    1. Thanks Rhi! he's just started to lick at the icing...but he's still not a fan of cake.

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  7. Great idea! Glad the cake tins didn't go to waste.

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  8. Wow! This is fabulous! I'm filing your tips away for future reference...

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    1. Thanks! But there is probably a better way to do it...I just made it up as I went along :)

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  9. I think it looks amazing and judging by that smile Alex did too!

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  10. Awesome! That is so cool- and creative :)

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  11. I think that is awesome! What a great idea!
    My kids love jelly too, but I don't think it would ever win out over cake :)

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    1. Thanks Jess...the kids did love it, but they did want to know why Mum and Dad weren't having any ;)

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  12. What about freezing it to unmould? I'm sure that would help! Great idea!

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    1. Great idea...I'll try that next time!

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