I had a combined birthday party for my 5 year old son and one year old daughter. He wanted a circus theme. So I thought that a circus train cake would be cute.

I found a train cupcake cake at my local craft store. I just extended it a few cars and added lots of fun candy and clowns to make it a circus theme. It was a big hit and very easy to bake. I just used a box cake mix. I then took white icing and used different colors of food coloring to make the different colors. It is much cheaper than buying colored icing in the tubes.

The fun part came when actually decorating the cake with lots of different candies. My son actually helped with this. It was a lot of fun for him. Because of the nature of the cake – it didn’t have to be perfect. A little randomness was good. The only thing I would have done differently was to have put the cake on a stronger “tray.” I doubled cardboard and covered it with foil. But since the cake was so long, moving it required two people and the cardboard still bent. So maybe tripling or quadrupling the cardboard would be better.

Overall, the cake was very cute, a huge success and very tasty.