Train Cake

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Train Cake

Train Cake

Train Cake

Train Cake

Train Cake - Demolished

This train cake was the centerpiece of my son’s Train 1st Birthday Party earlier this year.  My inspiration came from an ad that I saw on Hostess with the Mostess for birthday cakes in Parent’s Magazine.  I constructed the engine by starting with a rectangular cake base.  I then stacked some cake rounds on top and smoothed it over, filling in some of the gaps with vanilla buttercream frosting.  I used a cupcake in an ice cream cone as the steam.  Linzer cookie wheels filled with raspberry jam made perfect train wheels {and ended up being the birthday boy’s favorite part of his cake!}.

I initially planned to make the cars out of cake, too.  However, for the sake of simplicity (and durability) I reverted to a childhood tradition of building gingerbread houses out of milk cartons and graham crackers.  I had three tea boxes that ended up being the perfect size for the cars.  I dipped the graham crackers in red and blue Wilton chocolate melts to match the goodies {chocolate-dipped pretzels, homemade “animal” cookies and homemade train chocolates} that were stacked inside of the cars.  Then I piped the edges with buttercream frosting for a finishing touch.

Train Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8+
This train cake can easily be decorated to match any color scheme. The durable graham cracker cars can even hold other goodies to make a colorful and eye-catching dessert centerpiece.
  • Cake
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Linzer cookie wheels
  • Ice cream cone
  • Cupcake
  • Tea boxes
  • Graham crackers
  • Wilton candy melts
Train Engine
  1. Stack two rectangular pieces of cake together as the base of the train.
  2. Then stack cake rounds on one end.
  3. Use buttercream frosting to fill in the gaps and hold all of the pieces together.
  4. Apply a light crumb coat of icing on the entire cake.
  5. Let the icing harden. (You can place the cake in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to speed up this process.)
  6. Apply another thin layer of frosting and smooth it out or decorate it as desired.
  7. Stick an ice cream cone in the front of the train.
  8. Fill the cone with a cupcake iced generously for the steam.
  9. Use linzer cookies (or Oreos, etc. depending on your color scheme) as the wheels.
Train Cars
  1. Dip the graham crackers in melted Wilton candy/chocolate melts, using the color of your choice.
  2. Let the chocolate harden.
  3. Frost the backs of the coated graham crackers with buttercream frosting and stick them to the sides of the tea boxes.
  4. Pipe the edges with buttercream frosting.
  5. Fill the cars with the goodies of your choice.


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