Yes, I made birthday cupcakes back in March with all Matthew's favorite flavors (bananas, raisins, peanut butter), but when my in-laws were packing to come visit us here in Japan, I asked Stephen's mum if she could bring some packaged fondant icing to help me make a special Hankyu train (our local train company) cake! A bit late, but WELL worth it. Just look at it! It ended up that I made the actual cake (used the carrot-ginger muffin recipe I made before), but my MIL did all the decorating. Isn't she a pro?!?
Here's a pic from the Internet of the actual train:
My MIL, Helen, is an artist, so she started out by doing a few pencil drawings to get a feel for it:
She used various pieces of the cakes and stuck them together with toothpicks...
Then rolled out the icing. She mixed white, black, green, and red to create the burgundy color of the train body and affixed it to the cake with a warm mixture of marmalade and water.
And not only did she create a beautiful cake, but look at the beautiful smile on her grandson's face! He was one happy camper.