I made this cake for my cousin and his wonderful fiance. They’ll be heading to Mexico to get married soon, so we had a pre-wedding fiesta to celebrate with them. The inspiration for this cake is from a similar one at wickedgoodies.net. Congratulations Nick and Tara!
This little train cake is simple, fairly quick and a no fail for any little boy’s birthday. The little train is made with a fondant/gumpaste mix. The “coal tender” is filled with yellow mini M&M’s. I threaded three white fondant balls on to a curved wire to made puffs of smoke coming from the engine. The trees are made from fondant, just like those in the Twin Tents cake. (You can find that in the archives) I sprayed the frosting green and added fondant rocks with piped grass and a piped grass bottom border to finish. My kids were endlessly fascinated with the fact that the tracks disappeared into a tunnel, but didn’t come out the other side. I’ll have to save that for the next one I guess.
OK, bear with me because there is a LOT to see on this cake. It’s gotta be tough to narrow down 40 years into just a few special milestones and achievements, but this guy’s wife did a fabulous job coming up with all of the items included on this cake. I was able to represent his own birth, marriage and the births of his children, work and school achievements and hobbies all in edible form.
This was a great crash course for me in 3D fondant modeling as well. I will do teddy bears anytime! They’re so easy and they just turn out so darn cute every time.
This was also a good lesson in cake design. Figuring out where to put everything was as challenging as the cake itself. To solve that problem I made a small top tier and “steps”out of rice krispy treats covered in buttercream just have to have more room to place things. With so many different elements and colors going on, I used a simple black and white back drop for the cake itself.