Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Ultimate Train Cake!

The past  Spring I took an order for a very large train cake for a child's birthday.  The mother of this little girl has been a friend of mine since she was a very small child and she has become one of my best customers.  Each year she has come up the most interesting ideas for her children birthdays.  This year was to recreate the train from the Disney TV show Choo Choo Soul Train.

The cake design is 100 % edible, with the exception of the wheels. All the accessories are edible with the exception of some of the little plaques and the billboard for the train station.

This project was labor intensive it is not the type of cake for a beginner to take on. .From the beginning, drawing out the diagram, to putting on the accessories I logged 32 hours. I documented some of the process in photos (below) and of course the finished product.


  1. large loaf pan 14" X 5" (batter capacity is 8 cups)
  2. cake board 44"X36" (very sturdy and covered) If using cardboard you would need at least 4 layers.I should have used plywood.
  3. wooden dowels to hold wheels in place
  4. small soft bristle paintbrushes (2 or 3 different sizes)
  5. airbrush (instead of airbrush you can use metal colored dust and paint it on)
  6. gold airbrush color
  7. silver airbrush color
  8.  rolling pin

Edible necessities:

  1. 4 baked loaf cakes
  2.  6 lbs butter cream icing
  3.  5 lbs fondant
  4. M & M's
  5. chocolate chips or chunk chocolate pieces for dirt
  6. black licorice twists
  7.  blue food paste
  8.  red food paste
  9.  yellow food paste
  10.  black food paste
  11. corn starch for dusting the fondant

Keep on Baking!!! Fondly, DCRose



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