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
Choo Choo Train Cake is rated out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3xdolphin 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 Belinda S Yorke 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!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Belinda S Yorke 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
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by khgracie 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!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by kellit 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!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by QueenVictoriaRose from This cake will always be a big hit with boys - or even men (big boys) who love model trains - (My husband warns: "just be sure to sure to decorate it "right") Pretty easy to make and decorate this cake. Don't let the 3D part of it intimidate you. It is really pretty simple. Just make sure to tie the two parts of the cake pan together before you place the cake in the oven - it is really needed (I didn't the first time, LOL) & place the tied-together pans with the side with the small opening up. Decorating with either smoothed icing or the recomended stars or dots are easy to do. Only making all those stars can get very tiring for your hands. Using the "Triple Star Multi-Opening Decorating Tip* 402-2010" will make your life much easier and your experience much more fun.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by lighthousenow from I baked and decorated this cake for my son when he was younger. He loved trains then and we all really loved the cake and so did the guests to his party. I found it fun to decorate and I loved the ideas I was reading from some of the other postings about how they turned it into Thomas, which was also one of my sons favorites during that time. I agree that using a very firm cake is much better for the dimensional cakes. I have made a lamb shaped cake, also years ago, that fell over on its side so I have had that experience too. I have loved using the Wilton pans and ideas over the years. My favorite cake was my wedding cake that I got the idea & topper from a Wilton and a 3D Xmas tree cake that my husband and I spent hours piping the leaves on. It was beautiful when it was done!
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by amywood20 from It took me several attempts to get the cake baked into an acceptable train, but other than that it was fairly easy. One tip I have for those who are moving the cake to another location is to put two wooden skewers through the cake (one near each end) and all the way down into the cake drum/board. I did this and the cake was sturdy, not moving at all.
Date published: 2011-05-12