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.
We 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.
I 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).
Needless to say, Mac loved his train, and we enjoyed eating it!