Train cake by Cheryl S., North Royalton, OH

For my twins 2nd birthday I wanted each of them to have their own cake that they would be excited over and I wanted to make them myself. This made me very nervous worrying about getting two cakes done as well as all the other party details. My son is very into Thomas the Tank Engine so I bought the Wilton stand-up cake pan and changed their decorating examples to look like one of my sons toy Thomas trains. And Thomas’s number was changed to "2" for how old my son turned. Make sure you use pound cake with the stand-up cake pan and put a thick layer of icing under the cake so it stand easier on your cake plate, the cake never fell over once! Here’s my daughter’s Elmo cake…

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Cake by Dawn G., Buffalo Grove, IL

Thomas the Tank Engine Birthday Cake

I used a Wilton pan and then put it on a sheet cake and decorated it with balloons. My son LOVES Thomas!!!!!

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Cake by Lynda M., Dublin, Ireland

Train Birthday Cake Picture

I’m afraid I can’t claim originality for this train cake as I used the design from Debbie Browne’s Character cake book. The basic cake is Maderia 12 x 8 and cut into 3 equal rectangular shapes (4 x 8 ) which are placed on top of sandwiched with butterfilling / jam. The train shape is cut appropriately. Debbie goes into great detail in her book and it takes quite a while !!! But I think the end result is worth it.

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Cake by Rhonda M., Tallahassee, FL

Train Birthday Cake Picture

My son Larkin loves trains so when he wanted a train cake for his 3rd birthday I started with a 3D train cake mold for the actual cake. Candy faces for the passengers in the windows and the engineer and mallow mar cookies for the wheels. The train cars were made with candy molds and mini Oreos for wheels. The train cars were filled with pretzels for logs and other edibles. Everyone loved the way it turned out and since it was so long it was the table centerpiece as well…

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Train Birthday Cake Picture

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Cake by Roopa K., Waltham, MA

Train Birthday Cake Picture

My three year old son is a huge Thomas fan! This really easy train cake idea came from my husband. I baked the cake (one box mix) in three different sized, round dishes: a 9" round cake pan, a 5" round dish, and a small custard dish. I stacked these asymmetrically and cut off part of the middle layer to form a slope. After frosting the entire thing in green frosting, I piped on train tracks winding up the cake (black frosting is easy to make by adding black paste coloring to chocolate frosting.) I added a "tunnel" (big black dot at the end of the tracks) at the base, and placed the smaller Thomas trains onto the tracks. I also made a blue cakeboard for water surrounding the " island of Sodor ." Very quick and easy train cake!

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Train cake by Pen P., Berkeley, CA

Train Birthday Cake Picture

I made this Thomas the Train cake for my three year-old nephew Zach who just loves Thomas.  It was such a joy to see his face light up as soon as I brought this cake to their house.

I like to use edible decorations on my cakes as much as possible.  I made The Thomas the Tank Engine image on top of the cake out of white chocolate candy wafers tinted to match the colors of the Thomas image I Xeroxed from a Thomas book.  I enlarged this image 300x.  I put a parchment paper on top of the Xerox copy, and then traced and filled the image using the tinted melted candy wafers.  The image "slab" peels off after it has set for a few minutes.  I placed it on an angle so Zach and the other kids can easily see it from where they’re seated.

The front and sides of the cake were decorated with trains on rolling hills.  The train cars were made out of fruit-by-the-foot fruit leather, the car contents with assorted candy sprinkles, the train wheels with M&Ms, the trees out of green marshmallows.  The rolling hills were made out of tinted rolled fondant.  The billowing clouds were piped meringue buttercream.

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