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Pink, green, red and yellow train cake on a track with smarties for decoration Tried & Tested

Train cake

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This train cake is ideal for baking with kids or to bake for a children’s party.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Makes:1
  • Skill level:advanced

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 400g 14⅛ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Dark chocolate broken into chunks
  • 300ml 10⅛ fl oz Yoghurt plain
  • 2tsp 2tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 6 6 Egg(s) (free range)
  • pinch pinch Salt
  • 500g 17⅝ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • 350g 12½ oz Unrefined light muscovado sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined light muscovado sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Bicarbonate of soda

For the icing

  • 1tsp 1tsp Gelatine (powdered)
  • 150ml 5⅛ fl oz Hot water
  • 450g 16 oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Pink food colouring
  • 1tsp 1tsp Green food colouring
  • 1tsp 1tsp Yellow food colouring
  • 1tsp 1tsp Red food colouring

For the decoration

  • Designer icing (black) (we use Silver Spoon Create)
  • Liquorice strips
  • 13 13 Chocolate mini rolls
  • 4tbsp 4tbsp Apricot jam
  • Mini smarties

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    For the cake: heat the oven to 190°C, (fan 170°C, gas mark 5). Butter 2 large loaf tins.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Heat the butter and chocolate in a large pan over a low heat until melted, stirring now and again. Cool for 5 minutes.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 400g 14⅛ oz Butter (unsalted)
    • 200g 7⅛ oz Dark chocolate broken into chunks
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Whisk in the yoghurt and vanilla, then the eggs and salt.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 300ml 10⅛ fl oz Yoghurt plain
    • 2tsp 2tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
    • 6 6 Egg(s) (free range)
    • pinch pinch Salt
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Mix the flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl. Stir into the chocolate mixture in the pan, until smooth.

    Ingredients for this step

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Pour or spoon into the tins and bake for 40-45 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Cool in the tins for 15 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. Chill the cakes for 30 minutes. This makes them easier to cut.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    To assemble the train cut both loaf cakes into 4 thick slices.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    For the engine: cut through 1 cake slice horizontally. Cut another slice vertically through the middle to form 2 small cubes.

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    For the icing: dissolve the gelatine in the hot water and allow to cool.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1tsp 1tsp Gelatine (powdered)
    • 150ml 5⅛ fl oz Hot water
  10. Classic mode Step 10

    Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of the gelatine solution to form a thick icing. Divide the mixture into four smaller bowls and add a food colouring to each bowl.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 450g 16 oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
    • 1tsp 1tsp Pink food colouring
    • 1tsp 1tsp Green food colouring
    • 1tsp 1tsp Yellow food colouring
    • 1tsp 1tsp Red food colouring
  11. Classic mode Step 11

    Ice the 4 engine cakes with pink icing, sandwiching the 2 thinner cake slices with a little icing. Allow to dry. This icing sets quickly.

  12. Classic mode Step 12

    Ice 5 thick cake slices in different colours for the rest of the train. Allow to dry.

  13. Classic mode Step 13

    Pipe windows and markings on the iced cakes with black designer icing.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Designer icing (black) (we use Silver Spoon Create)
  14. Classic mode Step 14

    To assemble the cake: use liquorice strips to make the train track on a large cake board or tray Place 12 chocolate mini rolls on the track, as in the photo.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Liquorice strips
    • 12 12 Chocolate mini rolls
  15. Classic mode Step 15

    Assemble the engine using the 4 pink cakes attaching the 2 cubes at 1 end with a little apricot jam. Place the engine on the first 2 mini rolls using a little apricot jam to keep it in place. Attach a chocolate mini roll for the funnel.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 4tbsp 4tbsp Apricot jam
  16. Classic mode Step 16

    Stick the train carriages on the mini rolls using a little apricot jam. Scatter the smarties across the track.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Mini smarties