On this page you'll find step-by-step directions for making train cakes. There is a variety of theme cakes here, so I'm sure you'll find something for your liking.
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Train cake submitted by Anile P. from Cape Town, South Africa
For the background, I colored coconut with green coloring. I baked a basic sponge cake. Cut it into blocks, and arranged as on the picture. Then iced and decorated it with all different sweeties.
Train cake submitted by Diane K. from Port Orchard, WA
For this train cake, you bake 5 small loafs of any type of cake desired. For the engine, I used 1 full loaf, and added 1/3 of another loaf that was set on top.
I also cut the top 1/2 inch or so off the green train car, and placed it onto the brown train car. The brown train car is overloaded with 'grain' or 'dirt'. The green car is a logging car and is lower and flatter.
Make white frosting and separate into 4 different bowls before mixing in the desired food coloring combinations for the cars. I used actual chocolate frosting for the brown car.
For the wheels, I used peanut butter Girl Scout cookies, but Oreos or something brown and similar would work just fine. Using a dot of frosting, I stuck M&Ms to the wheels.
For the engine, I used a yellow gummy for the headlight in front. Rolled a jumbo marshmallow in cocoa powder and stuck it to the top for the smoke stack. I used an unwrapped Hershey miniature bar for the front cab.
Note: You can use toothpicks to reinforce anything that may be wobbly, such as the marshmallow or second layer of cake.
For the grain car, I made a mounded dome shape as described above, and added chocolate chips.
For the logging car, I outlined the top with licorice cut to size. Used Pirouette cookies as logs, sticking them to the car and to each other with dabs of frosting.
I also outlined the last car with licorice cut to size, and added Yogos (you can add any colorful candy). I also used licorice to connect one train car to the next.
Train cake submitted by Kristina B. from Mosta, Malta
Make cake mixes according to the directions. Divide mixture evenly between four greased 25 cm x 8 cm bar tins. Bake at medium temperature for 30 minutes, or until cooked when tested. Turn cakes on to wire rack to cool.
Cut bar cakes in half vertically to get 8 equal pieces. Reserve 5 of these to make tops of the 4 carriages and back of engine. Cut remaining 3 pieces in half horizontally to give 6 equal pieces, 5 of which form the bases of the engine and 4 carriages.
Cut off 1/4 of the remaining piece to add to engine base to extend it. Discard the remaining 3/4.
Cut a 4 cm wide slice from sponge roll. Hold slice upright and cut out smoke stack shape with a 2.5 cm plain cutter. Use the rest of the sponge roll for the engine. Assemble cake on prepared board.
Divide Vienna cream into 5 equal portions. Tint 1 portion with red food coloring, 1 with blue, 1 with purple, 1 with yellow and 1 with green. Cover tops and sides of the engine and carriages with differently colored Vienna cream.
Join carriages with pairs of Jube rings by pressing on to the Vienna cream (split one ring and push the other ring through it).
Outline the engine and tops of the carriages with thin licorice. Cover top and sides of smoke stack with red Vienna cream, coat with chocolate sprinkles and position.
With a toothpick, make holes through 5 pieces of popcorn. Thread on to the pipe cleaner, and insert into smoke stack.
Double strips of licorice on either side of the train to represent tracks. Position chocolate biscuits to represent wheels. Stick Smarties on the chocolate biscuits with a little Vienna cream.
Arrange pieces of licorice against the bottom front of the engine to represent "cowcatcher". Finally, pile popcorn on top of the carriages, and decorate the rest of the cake with assorted sweets.
Train cake submitted by Manal O. from Amman, Jordan
Take the chocolate pound cake and make a cut towards the 1st third of it about 1 inch deep (don't cut through the bottom). Then make another cut at the same depth about 1 inch from the first cut towards the longer side of the cake.
Then cut horizontally to remove the rectangular piece, and place on top of the cake to resemble the drivers cabin.
Cut a small triangle from the front, and discard. Secure and cover with chocolate frosting. Give it a crumb coat. Place in the freezer for about 15 min, then give it a final coat to make it smooth.
Cut the vanilla loaf horizontally into 3 or 4 pieces depending on the size you desire for each. Using food coloring, divide the frosting in different bowls and color with desired colors. I used green, blue, yellow and red. Frost each piece (same as the chocolate one).
I covered a big tray with foil. (You can use crushed chocolate cookies to cover the tray to look like a real land. You can also use any leftover chocolate frosting to make a train track and place the cakes on top of it.)
Now use your imagination to make this train the way you like. I used chocolate rocks around the train, put 2 toy drivers (I washed them first). Used different candies, and connected the pieces of the train with stick crackers.