I was determined to make a Train Birthday Cake for my son Jackson on his 2nd birthday! I did some research online and came across this website, which is just wonderful! I was able to combine so many different ideas from all the cakes to make one of my own!
I used two Pound Cake box mixes and from that made two 9×5 loaf pans and one green bean can for the engine train. His party was on a Saturday so I baked the cakes on Thursday afternoon, carved Thursday night and decorated Friday night. I made the frosting from scratch; just a simple whipped cream frosting.
The frosting recipe is:
1 quart heavy whipping cream
1/8 – 1/4 cup powered sugar
a dash of vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients in mixing bowl and using the whisk attachment, whisk at high speed until thickened.
I then divided the frosting into thirds because I needed three different colored frostings. I used canned white frosting in a piping bag to do the details on each car.
The track is made of black licorice and chocolate wafers; the “gravel” around the tracks is praline ice cream topping. Oreos were used for the wheels with a M&M in the center of each wheel, just for a little more detail.
I hollowed out the middle of the second car and filled it with Jelly Belly’s as the “coal car”.
This cake was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to eat. My son, as well as his big sister, both enjoyed this cake!