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Train Cake Recipe
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Train Cake

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"Do you know a train lover? Surprise them with a cake that's right on track."

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  • PREP

    45 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  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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Jul 07, 2009

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 recommend using one cake for each loaf pan to make a taller train (like in the video) and it will feed more people of course.

Feb 05, 2009

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 cake again instead of using liquid food colouring i will use the gel other then the watery icing my son loved it!


7 Ratings

Oct 20, 2010

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 did the cabooze with a small bread pan and two larger loafs for the other cars. Had fun. I also agree about the liquidy of the icing when using food coloring. Thanks will do again.

Mar 26, 2009

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 old actually did most of it. It turned out beautiful and my son absolutely loved it. Didn't change the recipe at all!

May 12, 2009

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

Jul 06, 2009

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

Aug 01, 2011

Great project for kids!


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  • Calories
  • 681 kcal
  • 34%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 115.2 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 24.2 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 383 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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