I have always had an interest in cake decorating and becoming a mom gave me a real excuse to try my hand at it. This was the first specialty cake I ever attempted. I was so pleased with the outcome that I was hooked!
I made this cake for my son’s second birthday. I can’t take credit for the design – it’s from the Betty Crocker website, which has an instructional video and step-by-step instructions. The cake itself is made from two standard-sized pound cakes. You use one cake to make the engine and the second cake cut in 4 pieces for the cars. I baked a chocolate pound cake for the engine and plain pound cake for the cars in order to have some variety.
I can’t say enough positive things about the Betty Crocker instructional video. I was a complete novice when I attempted this cake and they went through every step including the basics of “crumb coating,” which really helped!
My son loved the cake! I just have one word of caution. All of the cookie decorations quickly got soft from being exposed to the moisture of the icing. I used mini Oreos and mini Nutter Butters for the wheels; I also placed animal crackers on one of the cars and crushed up Oreos on another car to look like coal. All of these decorations degraded to a soft, bread-like texture after being on the cake for just a few hours. However, the cake was so cute that having a few un-crunchy decorations was a small price to pay! The pretzel “logs ” stayed crunchy!