I definitely bit off more than I could chew for this one. I am a firefighter – therefore spend a large part of my work time cooking. With that I have experimented with several cakes and decided to try to decorate one for my son’s birthday.

As most toddlers Sam is crazy about trains. I printed off as many pictures of roundhouses from the internet that I could find and came up with design you see in the photos. The cake construction itself was easy – the decorating is where the challenge came in. I’m not knocking it but everyone uses fondant these days. I wanted to see if I could pull this off with butter cream. I’ll let you decided if I did or not.

I made a brass dye to cut out the doors, I bought a brick imprint for the sides, piped the shingles, border and random weeds. The doors are cookies.

He loved it!