McCoy’s Train Cake

Our grandson, Mac (McCoy), turned four this month. He requested a train cake—like the one on the cover of the NZ Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book.

Kids Train CakeWe arrived a few days earlier at our daughter’s house so that I could use her kitchen. Since moving into a fifth-wheeler back in June, my kitchen space has shrunk somewhat! I’ve stored all my cake-making bits and pieces at Tania’s, as this is where my cakes are generally required.

Kids Train CakeI baked two chocolate cakes (almost mud cakes really—they were quite dense) and used a purchased Swiss roll cake for the barrel of the engine. I “glued” cake shapes together with chocolate ganache (very yummy!) and then coloured buttercream icing over the outside. Lollies, licorice and popcorn were used for decoration and a red pipe cleaner held the popcorn smoke puffs coming out of the smoke stack. Oreo biscuits created the wheels. I used quite a lot of M&Ms (those are the little, round, coloured lollies).

Kids Train CakeMac’s father, Nathan, created the road theme on the table including the train track (large ice block sticks) and streets (black tape). Mac and Elliotte added the cars and signage.

Needless to say, Mac loved his train, and we enjoyed eating it!

Donut Cake for Elliotte

Doughnut Cake

Elliotte turned eight in July. (So these photos and this post is rather late!) Her mother, Tania, and I combined efforts to produce this cake. With recently transitioning to living on the road, I didn’t have the same kitchen facilities or time to do it all myself. So we went for a simple cake this year.

Doughnut CakeThe donuts (doughnuts) were purchased.  ?For the cake, Tania baked two round cakes and we sandwiched them on top of each other. The icing was intended to emulate the pink icing on the top of a donut.

Doughnut Cake PartyThe end result. Elliotte was thrilled with her cake and party. She had about fourteen children at her party and all enjoyed themselves immensely. There were high volumes of laughter and shouting . . . you can imagine the noise. And children never walk from one room to the next—they run! Fortunately, it’s a large house.

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