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Fun and Kid-Friendly Train {Birthday} Cake

October 7, 2013

Train Birthday Cake

If you want a cake that your kids will love then this is a recipe for you. I’ve found, through personal experience, that sometimes it’s not the actual cake batter that makes a cake stand out from the crowd. For me it can be anything from the frosting, the filling or the decorations. And this recipe combines all those things in one cake.

Without doubt, the decoration is the most important part. The fun thing is that you can get as creative with it as you’d like. Since I made this cake while I was still at home in Austria I used things that are sold there. You might not find some of the things in the UK or US but here is a list of sweets I used and suggestions for substitutions:


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First class!

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Economy class.

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Train Birthday Cake

makes enough for 2 large baking sheets {3-4 train coaches}




  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 360g flour
  • optional: 1 jar of jam

Butter cream frosting {recipe from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook}

  • 230g butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 50ml milk
  • different food coloring



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer whisk the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in the caster sugar, tablespoon by tablespoon until the egg whites have become stiff. Fold in the egg yolks, followed by the flour. Do not over-stir the mixture.
  3. Transfer the batter onto the baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden-brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  5. In the meantime prepare the frosting: on medium speed beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. If required add a splash of milk. Do not add any food coloring just yet!
  6. Once the cake on the baking sheet has cooled slightly, you can evenly cover it with jam. Then carefully roll it up to form a roulade. Repeat with the second cake. If you want shorter train coaches, cut the roulades in half, otherwise transfer them onto a serving tray as they are. {For the chimney of the first coach, cut off a piece from the roulade and attach to the longer piece using tooth picks}.
  7. Divide the frosting into separate bowls, depending on how many different colors you have. Add a few drops of color to the first bowl and using your mixer beat until well combined.
  8. Cover the first coach with the frosting. Then prepare the frosting with the next color and frost the roulade. Repeat until all coaches have been frosted.
  9. Decorate the coaches with the candy and sweets.

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