Train Cake

Do you know a train lover? Surprise them with a cake that's right on track.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 15

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow or devil's food cake mix
1
cup water
1/2
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
2
containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red, yellow, blue and green food colors
1
container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Assorted colors licorice twists
Gumdrops
2
chocolate-covered caramel candies
2
creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crumbled
Gummy or jellied candy rings
Assorted candies (gumdrops, jelly beans, candy corn, etc.)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottoms only of two 8x4- or 9x5-inch loaf pans. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
  • 2 Bake yellow cake 28 to 36 minutes and devil's food cake 31 to 39 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes; remove from pans to cooking racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes until firm.
  • 3 Meanwhile, divide vanilla frosting evenly among 4 small bowls; tint 1 bowl frosting red, 1 bowl frosting yellow,1 bowl frosting blue and 1 bowl frosting green with food colors. Spoon 1/2 cup chocolate frosting into resealable plastic bag; set aside.
  • 4 Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off each cake to level surface; place each cake cut side down. Cut first cake as shown in diagram to make engine, being careful not to cut all the way through piece 1 when removing piece 2. Place piece 2 on top of piece 1 as shown in diagram, with a small amount of frosting between pieces. Cut second cake into 4 equal pieces to make cars as shown in diagram. Spread thin layer of chocolate frosting over top and sides of engine to seal in crumbs. For each of the car cakes, spread thin layer of red, yellow, blue and green frosting over top and sides of each car to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cakes 30 to 60 minutes or until frosting is set.
  • 5 Using chocolate frosting in resealable plastic bag, snip off small corner of bag. Pipe train tracks onto serving tray. Frost engine cake with remaining chocolate frosting. Frost boxcars with remaining colored frosting. Using large spatula, transfer cakes to serving tray.
  • 6 Cut pieces of licorice twist; place on front of engine, slanting outward, for the cow-catcher. Use licorice twist to add “trim” to the engine. Add gumdrops for engine “face” and chocolate candies for smoke stack. Top back of engine with crumbled cookies. Add gummy candy rings for wheels. Cut pieces of licorice twist to add “trim” to each of the cars. Add gummy candy rings for wheels. Top each car with assorted candies. Store loosely covered.

Expert Tips

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Instead of baking the cake in two large loaves, you can use one 9-inch loaf pan and four miniature loaf pans, 4 1/2x2 3/4x1 1/4 inches each. Pour 1/2 cup batter into each mini loaf pan. Pour remaining batter into 9-inch loaf pan. Bake mini loaf pans 16 to 20 minutes; 9-inch loaf 28 to 33 minutes.

Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.

Store any remaining frosting in the fridge to spread on graham crackers or cookies when you need a quick treat.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
420
(
Calories from Fat
160),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
4g
4%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
330mg
330%;
Total Carbohydrate
64g
64%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
47g
47%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.