Train Cake

Train Cake

"Do you know a train lover? Surprise them with a cake that's right on track."
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3 h 30 m servings 681 cals
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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  • Calories:
  • 681 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 24.2 g
  • 37%
  • Carbs:
  • 115.2g
  • 37%
  • Protein:
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 383 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms only of 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans with shortening. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Pour batter into pans.
  2. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. Cut first cake as shown in diagram to make engine, being careful not to cut all the way through piece 1 when removing piece 2. Cut second cake into 4 equal pieces to make cars as shown in diagram. Trim pieces 3, 4, 5 and 6 to be flat on top. Freeze pieces uncovered about 1 hour for easier frosting.
  4. On tray, place piece 1 for engine, stacking piece 2 on top for engine house as shown in diagram. Frost with chocolate frosting. Cut strips of licorice; place on front of engine, slanting outward, for the cow-catcher. Add gumdrops for engine "face." Attach cookies at back of engine with small amount of frosting. Top engine with jelly beans; add strips of licorice to sides of engine.
  5. Divide vanilla frosting into fourths. Tint each fourth with different color of food color. Place remaining cake pieces tray for boxcars. Frost each with a different color of frosting. Top cars with jelly beans; add strips of licorice to sides of cars. Add gummy candy rings for wheels. Store loosely covered at room temperature.



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I made this for my son's 3rd birthday and it was a hit! The video was extremely helpful, but it became very clear that she used two cake mixes, not one as stated in the recipe. I'd strongly reco...

if you follow the directions from the video it turns out great the only problem that i found is with the icing i used liquid food colouring and i found it to be really watery when i make this ca...

I made this for my 6 yr old. He and everyone else loved it. I was an expert to all who say it. I just did as i saw, pretty much. I also saw that one cake mix would not cut it and made two and ...

I live in the Middle-East as an expat and we don't have cake decorators here like in the USA. Therefore, we have had to start making our own B-Day cakes. This cake was so simple that my 9 year...

This tuned out SOOO good!! The video makes it WAYYY more easier to carve the cakes then reading the directions. I made it for a 16 year olds birthday haha

My cub scout won first place with this one. Actually, Grandpa and grandson. Really turned out cute, cute, cute!!

Great project for kids!

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