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I would love to make a train birthday cake for my sons 3rd birthday but don’t know where to start?


Posted by mom94888, 12th February 2015


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  • To make it look as though it has wheels you could put small round lollies in those spots. Put them on while the icing is still wet or damp.
    If you are going to be making a lot of kids’ birthday cakes it would be worth looking or a childs’ cake decoration book. A friend of mine has one that has about 100 ideas in it. It’s quite a thick book. It might be a Australian Womens Weekly one. I remember it has a motor racing track in it


  • do it flat as it is easiest. use rectangle sponge for carriages and ice them to look like carriages.


  • I’m not a great cake decorator, but whenever I need to make something special I look up videos on YouTube. Go through a lot -and I mean a LOT of videos and find one that looks like you can manage with clear instructions to follow.


  • Women’s Weekly has a great cake cook book. Definitely worth checking it out as it has so many great novelty ideas.


  • yeah i think that the deco makes the cake! kids will eat it regardless. pinterest is also another great source of pics.


  • I love the lolly train cake. To make the carriages, make a basic butter cake and cut into rectangles. cut out the centres, ice the cakes and fill with lollies.
    I do believe that this cake is in a women’s weekly cake book or google. It is quite a popular cake.


  • My sister made a round choc cake and put a tiny train set on top. Looked great and her son and all his little friends loved it.


  • My son is a train fanatic, and I just use either swiss roll or chocolate log, for the main engine, and smaller rectangle cakes for the carriages, smaller chocolate log for the funnel and stacks, and lots of lollies to decorate and make the tracks, eg, like with licorice strips, or musk sticks. There are plenty of good examples of this on the internet, and the cake aisle at the supermarket is a great place to get some inspiration.


  • I would do a search on the net we live by google lol


  • Candles – you can put 3 single one or the number 3.
    If your 3 year old has started counting, if your train has icing on it you could draw the numbers 1 2 3 on it and use a tiny bit of …..natural food colouring or other trimming to highlight them . Note: I suggest Natural Food Colouring not artificial.


  • Can use lamingtons, loaf pans or even Swiss rolls to help create the train and cariages. Womens weekly have some great cake dec books


  • The Womens Weekly Children Birthday cake cookbook. This has been re-released in the past few years, so go online and order or keep an eye out at a book store. Looking at the AWW recipe, it consists of 2 packets of butter sponge, 5 food colourings, I chocolate biscuits for the wheels, smarter for the decorations and popcorn for the cargo and steam. Good luck.


  • The internet may be a good idea. Just type in birthday train cake and you will be up and running in no time at all. My daughter in law made one for my youngest grandson Harley and it was absolutely fantastic! It even had tracks and carriages. Everyone loved it.


  • I agree, the Australian Womens Weekly Birthday cake cookbook is excellent and has a train in it. I did see it in Big W a couple months ago. But ask you mum or aunts, they all had copies back then!


  • Google is the best for this – search for train birthday cake and I’m sure there will be many options


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