Carrot cake train

Suitable from 12 months

Carrot cake train
A few days before my son’s 3rd birthday party, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. “A car! …No, an elephant!” Then, after some thinking: “A train!!!” So a train it was. I looked for train-shaped cake tins but couldn’t find any in the local stores, and found the ones online simply too expensive for one-time use.
I decided to skip the carriages and only do a train engine. I used a 10 x 24 cm (4 x 9.5 in) loaf-shaped cake tin for the base, plus made a 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) square tin from cardboard covered with aluminum foil – this cake cube was later set on top of the base to make the engineer’s cabin.

I knew I wouldn’t be having much time on the day of the party as I had a bunch of other food to prepare, so I chose to keep the decoration simple and frosted the entire cake with a no-sugar frosting, added round biscuits as wheels and piped some simple decorations on the cake. It is by no means perfect but I think considering that I was juggling a slightly squirmy baby at the same time, it turned out ok! The birthday boy loved his cake, which was the main thing. 🙂

Recipe tips
You can of course also make this as a regular shaped round or rectangular/square cake. You might need to adjust the baking time according to the size of your cake tin(s). Check the color of the cake in the oven (it should be golden brown) and do the toothpick test – a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out slightly crumbly or clean.

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