My 1 year old is mad on trains so I thought I would make him a train cake for his 1st birthday. I was a little nervous as I am not the best baker I know. We had 6 of his friends over to our house, so I thought I would make a steam train with the same amount of carriages for them to share. Surprisingly, this cake was quite easy to make, even for me!
I firstly made a chocolate log roll with mocked cream in the middle and then cut it into equal parts (these were the carriages of the train). I did this 1 week early to save time and actually froze them until I needed to use them. I then cut out little sections from the top of each carriage and placed smarties, marshmallows, lollies in this space.
On the train chimney I placed a marshmallow to look like smoke and the driver was a tiny gingerbread man figure which I bought. The train track was made from Scotch Finger Biscuits.
I made a chocolate mold to look like a mountain and piped some blue icing for a little stream down the mountain (I got the mold from our actual train set, lol). The grass was just coconut with green food coloring. I also used a couple of props from the kids train set (helicopter and trees) as I wasn’t too sure how to make these myself.
The best part was the look on everyone’s face – all the kids loved it so much and they all got to choose which carriage they wanted too eat!
I was so nervous about taking on this project but I think it turned out really well. It was so much fun making this cake and as I said it really wasn’t that difficult as I did it in stages. My little boy absolutely loved it and so did his big brother. They still talk about it now!