I had to make two of these cakes within three days of each other. It was a scarey prospect as Thomas is so well known I had to get all the details exactly right. Thomas himself is made out of cake and fondant and the Fat Controller, sorry, Sir Toppen-Hatt, is made out of fondant. I was especially pleased with how he came out. In feedback from one of the parents, I was told that the little birthday boy cried when it came to cutting the cake, as he had thought it was a toy, not a cake! When I made the first one it took me over 20 hours, but the second one took me about half that time and I am very pleased with how both of them turned out.