Coolest Train Cake

My son just turned 3 and he told me he wanted a choo-choo train cake but he did not want Thomas. Which was really odd cause he loves Thomas, but that was his stipulations. So this is what turned out.

I made one-13×9, one 8×8, and one empty soup can of cake made from one recipe chocolate pound cake (much sturdier and easier to handle then regular cake mix). I cut the 13×9 cake into 8 pieces which made two pieces stacked on top of each other for each boxcar. The 8×8 cake I used 1/2 for the bottom of the engine, and two squares stacked on top of the bottom layer for the back of the engine(making it 3 layers stacked).

Then I used the soup can cake for the round part of the engine. I used a plain shortening/vanilla frosting tinted with Wilton gel colors to hold everything together. I used a medium size star tip to cover all the cars, and did the two-toned color on the engine simply by putting two colors frosting in the bag and piping.

The tracks are chocolate wafer cookies, the dirt is cocoa powder, and the grass is tinted coconut held on with green frosting. I cut out holes in the cars holding the malt balls and jelly beans, or else they have a tendency to fall off. The other two cars are holding kit kats(timber) and mini candy bars(logs).

The wheels are peppermint patties, and I used ribbon to link the cars together. The smoke stack is just a candle with the birthday age on it, and I used a regular photo to put my son in the drivers seat which he thought was awesome!(held on with a dab of frosting).

It took about 5-6 hours to decorate, but was well worth the time! It was a big hit!

4 thoughts on “Coolest Train Cake”

  1. Anonymous: I think it was about 2 x 1 1/2 inches….I seriously just found an approximate head size and cut it, then piped around it to the right window size. He still talks about this cake btw-and that was 3 1/2 years ago :)

    Sharon-I am so sorry I just now saw your question! I don’t remember getting an alert about it! I opened up the other end of the can after it was baked and pushed it out from the other end :)

  2. Glad to see some one else ACTUALLY MADE/Built Their 3D Train (most pple use preform pans) I made a small Train Engine for my Son’s 2nd Birthday this weekend and it was cute. I saw a thing on baking cakes in old soup Cans and thought it would be PERFECT for the round part for the cake. took 2 tries for me… My mistake the first time was using a can with a lip for the pull top kind… Used some pliers to crimp the lip to the side; after that one ended up a mess…But also had an issue with it over flowing from the can… So for the SECOND TRY I tried Baking the 2 Can-cakes in a water bath with a greased pan on top and baked for 45minutes. Then used a butter knife to take them out. Sadly one wasn’t quite done in the center so slid it back into the can but FLIPPED it so that the top was at the bottom. Put it back in the oven for 10 minutes and turned out PERFECT. Not sure if the kind of cake matters but I did a Carrot Spice cake.


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