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Phern rated and reviewed the recipe Train Cake
Train Cake
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"This cake was amazing. I made it for my son's 4th birthday; he wanted a Toy Story birthday party. So I made this cake, and put some of his action figures in it. I used two boxes of the funfetti cake mix, which left enough mix over for 6 cupcakes. I froze the cake for almost 4 hours before I cut into it of frosted it. I did the crumb coat after my kids had gone to bed, and then stuck the cake back in the fridge until the afternoon of the next day. I used a chocolate whip cream frosting, which is really hard to add food coloring too, but worked really well because it doesn't stick or pull at the cake so you end up with less crumbs in the frosting, but I still recommend a crumb coat. I put black liqurious bits int the front back of the engine, and a miniature toy Woody in the divet to look like he was driving. The next car had mini M&M's in it, the next car had his #4 birthday candle, and salt water taffy, the third car I put some fruit snacks in, and the last car I put a miniature toy alien from Toy Story, and more salt water taffy. Instead of peach O's I used gummy Life Saver's for the wheels, and instead of making the train track out of frosting I bought chocolate Twizlers, and cut them into pieces about 2 1/2 inches long, then I took more chocolate twizlers and cut them in half lenghtwise, and laid them over the 2 1/2 inch strips for the railroad ties and bars. It looke amazing I set it up on display for the party, and people didn't even know it was the cake. Everyone was amazed that I made it, and how nice it looked. My son was so excited about it. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make and frost. I did do a dry run about two weeks before the party that I didn't finish with all the extra candy pieces, just to see if one I could do it, and two how difficult it would be to make. I'm not an expert baker, or cake decorator, although I am very creative, so maybe that helped a little. Truely a fantastic idea."
Posted on 4/21/2011
Phern rated and reviewed the recipe Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
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"I made this for my son's birthday and used the train cake recipe on this site. It whipped up nicely, but I did have a few problems with it. One is that after it set over night it became gummy, which is a problem I've had before with an imitation whip cream frosteing recipes. I was hoping that it wouldn't happen with real whip cream frosting, but it did. Second, it had too strong of a taste, with an almost bitter after taste. My husband called it a heavy after taste. So for uture reference for anyone who uses this recipe these are the amounts of the ingredients I uses. 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 3/4 Cups Powdered Sugar, 1/4 Cup Baking Cocoa, and 1 teaspoon of Vanilla. After my changes it had an almost Chocolate ice cream flavor, which for me is the perfect taste for chocolate whip cream frosting. Third they don't give you any kind of measurements for how much frosting you'll end up with once you've made the frosting. I did not measure how much I ended up making, but I made 1 1/4 batch covered the train cake that's on this site, with a crumb coat, and then five additional cupcakes, so that gives you a rough idea of how much it will make."
Posted on 4/21/2011
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Posted 4/21/2011 8:51:32 PM REPORT ABUSE
Train Cake
Train Cake
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This cake was amazing. I made it for my son's 4th birthday; he wanted a Toy Story birthday party. So I made this cake, and put some of his action figures in it. I used two boxes of the funfetti cake mix, which left enough mix over for 6 cupcakes. I froze the cake for almost 4 hours before I cut into it of frosted it. I did the crumb coat after my kids had gone to bed, and then stuck the cake back in the fridge until the afternoon of the next day. I used a chocolate whip cream frosting, which is really hard to add food coloring too, but worked really well because it doesn't stick or pull at the cake so you end up with less crumbs in the frosting, but I still recommend a crumb coat. I put black liqurious bits int the front back of the engine, and a miniature toy Woody in the divet to look like he was driving. The next car had mini M&M's in it, the next car had his #4 birthday candle, and salt water taffy, the third car I put some fruit snacks in, and the last car I put a miniature toy alien from Toy Story, and more salt water taffy. Instead of peach O's I used gummy Life Saver's for the wheels, and instead of making the train track out of frosting I bought chocolate Twizlers, and cut them into pieces about 2 1/2 inches long, then I took more chocolate twizlers and cut them in half lenghtwise, and laid them over the 2 1/2 inch strips for the railroad ties and bars. It looke amazing I set it up on display for the party, and people didn't even know it was the cake. Everyone was amazed that I made it, and how nice it looked. My son was so excited about it. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make and frost. I did do a dry run about two weeks before the party that I didn't finish with all the extra candy pieces, just to see if one I could do it, and two how difficult it would be to make. I'm not an expert baker, or cake decorator, although I am very creative, so maybe that helped a little. Truely a fantastic idea.
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Posted 4/21/2011 8:32:35 PM REPORT ABUSE
Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
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I made this for my son's birthday and used the train cake recipe on this site. It whipped up nicely, but I did have a few problems with it. One is that after it set over night it became gummy, which is a problem I've had before with an imitation whip cream frosteing recipes. I was hoping that it wouldn't happen with real whip cream frosting, but it did. Second, it had too strong of a taste, with an almost bitter after taste. My husband called it a heavy after taste. So for uture reference for anyone who uses this recipe these are the amounts of the ingredients I uses. 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 3/4 Cups Powdered Sugar, 1/4 Cup Baking Cocoa, and 1 teaspoon of Vanilla. After my changes it had an almost Chocolate ice cream flavor, which for me is the perfect taste for chocolate whip cream frosting. Third they don't give you any kind of measurements for how much frosting you'll end up with once you've made the frosting. I did not measure how much I ended up making, but I made 1 1/4 batch covered the train cake that's on this site, with a crumb coat, and then five additional cupcakes, so that gives you a rough idea of how much it will make.
This reply was: Helpful  Inspiring
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