How to Make a Train Birthday Cake

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A train themed party isn't complete without a train cake. Complete with train tracks and a smoke stack, the entire cake is edible. Construction of the cake is fairly simple; however, you should allow 2 hours to fully decorate the entire cake with details. If you're not a perfectionist, this is a great cake to let the kids join in the fun of decorating. Read on to learn more.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 mini loaf cakes
  • 4 cups frosting (different colors)
  • M&Ms
  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Assorted small candies
  • Rope licorice
  • Hard or gummy ringed candy
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Vanilla wafer
  • Arrange 4 of the loaves on a large serving platter or tray to look like a train.

  • Cut a 2 inch end off the first loaf and add to the top of the next loaf to resemble an engine. Cut about an inch off from the corner of the remaining loaf. Place the larger piece in the center of the last loaf to make the caboose. Use frosting to attach the cut pieces to the first and last loaves. Frost the engine and the other three cars all different colors.

  • Dab frosting on one side of an M&M to stick to the center of the chocolate cookies to make train wheels. Press the cookies to the sides of the cars.

  • Next, use various candy or animal crackers as cargo to decorate the cars behind the engine. Outline the cargo with sticks of licorice.

  • Stack gummy savers with a little frosting in between to make a smoke stack on the engine. Use popcorn or mini marshmallows for smoke. Frost and decorate a vanilla wafer to be the train conductor; place in the window of the engine.

  • Line the train with sticks of licorice for the train tracks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Freeze loaves for just a bit to prevent crumbling when frosting or cutting.

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