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My son is train crazy!  Ya, fairly typical.

To indulge his delights, I borrowed the Nordic Train Cake pan from my step mom.  It has 9 detailed train cars, including an engine and a caboose.  It was so much fun to make!  The morning before his party, I whipped up my favorite, stand-by chocolate cake recipe, only to have it cling and fail miserable.  The cake was way too moist and soft to pull away from the pan and hold the detail.  So, I had to try again.  After 15 seconds of research, I found the Williams Sonoma Train Cake Recipe which was much sturdier.  I modified it a tiny bit, by swapping the sour cream for greek yogurt.  It held up beautifully!  The recipe is large, and can make the train twice.  I only wanted 1 train, so I made a single 8 inch circle cake and put it in freezer.  You could also make cupcakes.  Additionally, I made a round, 2 layer 8 inch cake for the adults.

Decorating Train Cake

I covered the round cake with whipped cream frosting and made up a big batch of buttercream for piping. I used bright colors and a variety of “star” tips on the pastry bags for decorating the trains. Cost Plus had great candy for decorating!  For the foundation, I covered a piece of cardboard with paper I had painted green, then a layer of clear plastic wrap.  Black licorice and pretzels for the tracks, held with frosting.

Nordic Train Cake

Some of our party guest are gluten and dairy-free, so the cupcakes were for them.  The cupcakes came from my step-mom, and I used coconut cream and powered sugar, whipped up for a vegan frosting.

The project was a blast!  I love letting my crazy, detail-obsessed, inner pastry-chef pop out for a little while.  I stayed up late, and I baked cakes all day long, but seeing the little guy’s face in the morning was something I’ll never forget.  He is actually still telling people, “Train cake, Mommy made”.

Jessica
Jessica
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