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Choo Choo Train Cake

This Choo Choo Train Cake is sure to bring a smile to the face of your little engineer-to-be! Wilton 3-D cake pans make stand-up cakes like this easy to bake and decorate.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 4 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 3/4 cups brown
Tint 1 1/4 cups orange
Tint 1/2 cups green
Tint 1/2 cup yellow
Tint 1/4 cups blue
Reserve 3/4 white

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Use tip 4 and brown icing to outline cab windows and for wheel spokes.

Step 3

Use tip 18 and brown icing to cover windows, train apron and top of smokestack with stars.

Step 4

Use tip 18 and orange icing to pipe stripes on wheel rims.

Step 5

Use tip 16 and blue icing to cover area between wheel and spokes with stars.

Step 6

Use tip 4 and yellow icing to outline cap on engine.

Step 7

Use tip 4 and orange icing to outline engine parts.

Step 8

Use tip 18 and green icing to cover engine with stars.

Step 9

Use tip 16 and yellow icing to pipe stripes on engine body and apron.

Step 10

Use tip 18 and orange icing to cover the cab with stars.

Step 11

Use tip 16 and yellow icing to cover bottom part of smokestack, trim on engine face, apron and center of wheels with stars.

Step 12

Use tip 16 and yellow icing to pipe zigzag axles on tiny wheels on engine side. Use tip 16 and yellow icing to pipe rosette tiny wheels on engine side.

Step 13

Use tip 16 and yellow icing to pipe stripe bars connecting axle bar across wheels.

Step 14

Use tip 18 and orange icing to cover cap on engine with stars.

Step 15

Use tip 18 and white icing to cover face on front of engine with stars.

Step 16

Use tip 12 and white icing to pipe spiral smoke on top of smokestack.

Step 17

Use tip 16 and white icing to pipe smoke puffs behind bottom wheels.

Step 18

Use tip 4 and white icing to print message on cake top.

Step 19

Use tip 4 and brown icing to pipe dot eyes on engine.

Step 20

Use tip 4 and brown icing to outline mouth on engine.

Step 21

Use tip 4 and brown icing to outline wheel spokes again.

Step 22

Baking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour, or use New Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make cake mix according to package directions, or use your favorite scratch recipe. (You will need a full 6 cups of batter.) Pound cake, yellow or chocolate batters, packaged mixes or your own recipe are firm and offer the best results.

Pour batter into the front half of pan. The batter will come right to the rim, almost to the point of overflowing. Snap the back half of the pan in place and tie pans tightly together in two places with household string or wire, to prevent rising batter from forcing pans apart. Place pan on a cookie sheet and bake on middle rack of oven for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in vent hole on top of pan comes out clean. Top half of pan may be removed during last ten minutes of baking to check cake.

When cake is done, remove from oven and place on cake rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then remove top half of pan and cool 5 minutes more. Replace top pan, turn cake over and remove bottom pan. It may be necessary to tap pan with the handle of a spatula to free cake from pan.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

Add that special touch to your cake with your special someone´s name.

The rosette has the tight, swirling look of a rose, but is achieved in one continuous rotation, rather than with wrapped layers of petals. Single rosettes are also used as candleholders on top of a cupcake.

The star tip creates the most popular, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Use for borders, details such as buttons and facial features, flower centers, filling in cakes baked in shaped pans.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this pan for my son's first birthday. he LOVED IT. it's really easy to decorate (make sure to buy Wilton Cake Release for any shaped pan... it's the BEST)... I made this cake to look like Thomas. The second time I made this cake was for a friend's baby shower and I added mini-cabooses at the back (made from mini loaf pans) then decorated all of if with baby 'items'.. little bears, baby bracelets, etc. This is an impressive cake and I managed to decorate it under 1.5 hours... I am a beginner. I like the poundcake cheesecake recipe for this (found on Wilton website). I always use the buttercream icing. Delicious!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not find a Thomas cake pan so i used this one. It is very easy to bake so long as you use a good pound cake. I decorated it to look exactly as Thomas and put the train on a base of 4 sheet cakes. I decorated the sheet cakes to appear as the tracks, and put graham crackers around the base to make it like sand. The entire cake was make of buttercream icing except the face. I used fondant cut out round and tinted it grey. I made the cheeks by putting a piece of fondant behind and makeing the cheeks stick out, then i water glued it to the front of the train. I also included a toy train set to go around the entire cake. It was a big hit and alot of people wanted it for there kids party!!!!!!!!!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cake pan I made this cake for my grandson's 2nd birthday a couple of years ago. Everyone was in awe of it and it was surprisingly easy to make. I now have to make a 'Thomas the train' cake for my other grandson. Looking forward to it! Great pan, easy to use and I'm loving the fact that it will last forever!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this cake pan to make a Thomas cake. I think the pan is very easy and directions on the use are very simple. Anyone can make this cake and the decorations i used were both fondant and buttercream. I very much enjoyed this cake, as i put it on a rectangle bottom, decorated like a landscape and placed it on top of the cake with a real thomas the train going round it on a board. Everyone loved it and it turned out great. I would suggest the purchase of this as it can last a lifetime as well as once one person sees it, they all want it from the party..........Enjoy
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from After getting over my nervousness at decorating a 3D cake, I have to say that my nerves were unwarrented! The pan was easy to use, having been coated with Wilton's Cake Release, the cake popped right out leaving virtually no mess! Each part and piece of the train was recogizable for icing. My son and his party guests loved this cake decorated to look like everyone's favourite, Thomas the Train! So much, that I received a request from his best friend to make HIM one for his day! I think this might turn into an annual tradition!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this pan! I found it difficult at first because it was my first 3D, but now that I've used it a few times I love it. I set the train on a sheet and decorated the sheet cake like the ground and piped train tracks down. I cut a small cardboard bottom for the train to sit on top of the sheet cake for support (like you use when doing a tiered cake - it makes it easier when you are cutting the cake, the cake doesn't fall apart to badly). I also put dowels in the train all the way to the bottom (cut a little hole in my train cardboard base too because I wanted the dowel to go to the bottom) I have had cakes fall over in transportation before so I prefer to take as many precautions as possible in regard to structure! Good luck - hope you love it as much as I did!
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Date published: 2010-12-06
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