My husband and I became volunteer managers of an HO Scale train room, at our area’s Senior Recreation Center last year. This meant fixing the railroad track, so the model trains would run again. Also, an ongoing project is to create scenes that bring back our childhood memories of an era when we paid 59 cents a gallon for gasoline.
After many months of time and effort, our train room was ready to be shown off to visitors, including our city’s Mayor and Council Members. The Salt Lake Tribune reporter labeled our accomplishments, “a gem in the heart of West Valley City.”
In celebration of our Model Train Room grand re-opening, I created a special cake for the occasion.
The bottom layer is two lemon cake mixes baked in 9 x 13 inch pans with green tinted whipped cream for grass color and white whipped cream with graham cracker crumbs for the ground coloring.
The train engine is a chocolate cake mix baked in two loaf pans and a mini-loaf pan. I filled one loaf pan 3/4 full, so it would puff up higher and rounder to make the boiler. The second loaf pan was filled 1/2 full to make the coal tender. The mini-loaf pan cake was tipped on end for the engine.
Three mini-donuts were covered with chocolate frosting for the smoke stack. A gold foil wrapped Rollo candy is the train bell and red licorice added trimming. Oreo cookies (without the filling) were used for the train wheels with life savers in the center. Crushed Oreo cookies were used for the tender’s coal. Carmel Corn was threaded on a stiff wire that was bent to simulate the smoke and then inserted into the mini-donut smoke stack. Licorice created the train track and a picture of Mickey Mouse was inserted for the train engineer.
My inspiration for this train cake came from the many great ideas shown on this website: http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com. Please let me know if you have any questions on the assembly of this fun cake.