This is the model of the day… a model train locomotive you can eat!
The pics were set in by Charles E. Mason II who is a pastry chef in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Here’s what Charles had to say about his work of art…
I’ve been a pastry chef for about six years with a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in patisserie and baking, where I found my love for building gingerbread projects.
Every year I choose something that makes my soul jump for joy.
I get started right away around March getting ready for Halloween. I have tradition and passion for the month of October.
I don’t do gingerbread projects for Christmas because I have a “Rustic” style of creating pastries.
It took me one year to plan, scale, budget for this gingerbread train.
Eighty-four hours to build, about one month.
The train is about two feet long.
When it comes to what I used, lets start from front to back. It is about 85% edible.
The front grill is tooth picks, the steam core is gingerbread cake wrapped in black fondant, the two humps are white chocolate truffles, the chimney is an ice cream cone, the steam is popcorn.
Wheels are thin mint cookies with pocky sticks.
I made the engine core out of wood because I used a model train fire light to give the look of a hot coal fire. I didn’t want to melt any parts with the heat coming from the light. I boxed it in with fondant.
The back I stacked gingerbread cake, shaped it, covered the outside with fondant, top is pretzels and coffee as coal.
– Charles E. Mason II
Wow that is a huge job Charles and very impressive… Thanks for sharing!
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