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Train Birthday Cake

By Chelsea's team of cooks, added 24 June 2011

Difficulty Medium Serves Makes 1 very large cake RecipePrep time30 minutes + cooling time RecipeCooking Time 1.5 hours

  • Train Birthday Cake

You don't have to be a train enthusiast to love this cake. It's easy to make with two loaf tins, bright sweets and plenty of icing.

Recipe Rating: 5

Step-by-Step Instructions


600g white chocolate
400g butter
500ml milk
330g Chelsea Caster Sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla essence
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
200g self-raising flour
300g plain flour

Train Buttercream Icing:
160g butter, softened
500g Chelsea Icing Sugar
40-50ml milk
2 tsp vanilla
Food colouring of your choice


Place chocolate, butter, milk and sugar in saucepan over a low heat, stir occasionally. Once chocolate and butter has melted remove from heat, stir until fully combined. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease 2 x loaf tins and line the base and sides with baking paper.
Once chocolate mixture has fully cooled stir in vanilla and eggs. In a large bowl combine flours together. Stir in a cup of chocolate mixture until it forms a smooth paste. Add another cup of the chocolate mixture and mix thoroughly. Stir in the remaining chocolate until smooth.
Split mixture evenly between tins and bake for approx. 1 hour 30 minutes or until cooked in the centre (when an inserted skewer pulls out clean). Allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cakes have fully cooled, cut into shapes (click on the "Step by Step" pink button above). Assemble on a cake board or tray and ice with buttercream icing. Decorate with sweets of your choice.

Beat together butter and icing sugar. Add 40ml milk and the vanilla, beat for five minutes. Carefully add food colouring a drop at a time, mix thoroughly before adding more, until you get the desired colour. Add extra milk if icing is too stiff to spread easily.

Tip: Gel Food Colours work really well and won’t make your icing runny, look for them in specialist cake decorating stores. Dip a clean toothpick into the gel then drag through the icing to deposit the colour. Mix well. Use a clean toothpick to add more colour if desired.

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Overall rating

Recipe Rating: 5

5 ratings, 82 people added this to their Favourite Recipes.

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  • 5

    Easy instructions to follow and the results are very impressive, even for a novice cake maker like myself! My 4 yr old boy loved it!

  • 5

    Great cake to make and the end result was amazing. I had very happy 4 year old.

  • 5

  • 5

    Made this with a white chocolate buttercream, delicious and looked great =D

  • 5

    Great cake for carving intricate pieces. I made this cake for my son's 4th birthday and I added hundred and thousands to the batter for a "fun fetti" colourful look - it was brilliant!

Train Birthday Cake Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 of 1

1st loaf: Trim the top (so that it is nice and flat) then invert cut side down onto a board. Cut one end at an angle (sloping front of train). Trim the opposite end so that it is a straight cut (vertical). Slice off long sides to make them straight and tidy. 2nd loaf: Trim the top (so that it is nice and flat) and all four sides (so that they are straight and tidy). Cut loaf in half, postition one half on top of the train, cut side down. Arrange 2nd half behind the train to form the trailer.