FAILSAFE (or close) Decorated Cakes — Home-made decorated cakes, with low salicylate, amine and glutamate, and no bad additives.

Thomas and Friends by Sandra


“Made using a basic vanilla cake, chocolate icing (but could be carob), honeycomb, Smarties (amines and salicylates), plastic trees and a Thomas and Friends cake topper.

The instructions are here: Cooking For Oscar: Special Occasions

1 cake board or tray

1 Vanilla Cake (p. 104)

1 Thomas and Friends Carnival Cake Decorating Kit

For the icing:

250g butter (softened)

4 cups pure icing sugar

1/2 cup cocoa or carob

1/4 cup milk

For the tracks:

1/2 cup pure icing sugar

1/2 cup cocoa or carob


To decorate:

Honeycomb (broken into pieces)

Plastic toy trees

To decorate (Optional):

Lollies (to decorate the edge)

Place the cake onto the cake board or tray.

For the icing:

Cream the butter until pale and fluffy. Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa/carob and slowly add to the butter. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you get a good spreadable consistency. Spread over the cake with a spatula or knife.

To decorate:

Sift the icing sugar and cocoa/carob together then add enough water to get a pipable consistency. Pour into a piping bag.

To assemble:

Position the carnival background and the Percy and James train faces on the cake. Pipe the train tracks onto the cake coming out of the carnival scene and from Percy and James. Place Thomas onto the centre track. Place the trees on the cake and sprinkle the honeycomb around the tracks.

Optional: decorate the edges of the cake with Smarties or other allowed lollies.”

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