This All Aboard for Birthday Fun Cake is chugging on down the line, waiting to wish someone a very happy birthday! Decorated with shades of blue and teal icing, this 3-D cake is baked using the Train Cake Pan, which makes decorating quick and easy. Use meringue cookies to make the smoke coming out of the train and get ready for birthday fun!
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Prepare pan using Cake Release or shortening and flour. Pour batter into prepared pan, overfilling front of pan. Assemble and tie pan together with twine. Bake and cool according to package directions.
Bake meringues. Prepare meringue batter following recipe instructions. Trace Printable Cloud Pattern on backside of parchment paper. Repeat for a total of at least two clouds.
Attach parchment paper, clean side up, to cookie sheet using dot of meringue batter in each corner of pan.
Prepare decorating bag with tip 2A and meringue batter. Following pattern, pipe smoke. Bake and cool following recipe instructions.
Melt Drizzle Pouch according to package directions. Using melted candy, attach lollipop stick to back of meringue cookie.
Tint icing. Prepare buttercream according to recipe instructions. Tint ¾ cup icing teal, ½ cup medium blue, ¼ cup yellow, ½ cup light orange and ¼ cup bright green using color combinations provided. Using Pastel Green icing color, tint 1 cup icing pastel green. Combine Pastel Yellow and Pastel Pink icing colors to get light orange color shown. Combine Pastel Pink and Primary Blue icing colors to get medium blue color shown. Combine Pastel Yellow and Primary Yellow icing colors to get yellow color shown. Combine Pastel Yellow and Pastel Green icing colors to get bright green color shown. Combine Pastel Blue and drop of Pastel Green to get teal color shown.
Prepare bags. Prepare bags with the following tips and icing:
Tip 5 and pastel green icing
Tip 12 and medium blue icing
Tip 5 and light orange icing
Tip 8 and bright green icing
Tip 5 and yellow icing
Decorate cake. Using knife, trim bottom of cake to sit straight. Using teal icing and angled spatula, ice train top and engine smooth.
Using yellow icing with tip 5, pipe windows and top of smokestack. Smooth with spatula. Using same bag, pipe outline around windows.
Using bright green icing with tip 8, pipe band around top of train; smooth as needed.
Using bright green icing with tip 5 and pastel green icing with tip 5, pipe lines to cover smokestack. Using spatula, smooth colors together.
Using pastel green icing with tip 5, pipe horizontal lines on bottom half of body of train and on back engine.
Using light orange icing with tip 5, pipe vertical lines on front of train (cowcatcher).
Using medium blue icing with tip 12, pipe wheels. Smooth using tapered spatula, leaving center of wheels open. Pipe center using light orange icing with tip 5.