Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Choo-choo Train" Birthday Cake

Ask any kid what they would like to have for dinner, the answer is most likely one of those fast food. I asked my son what he wants for dinner and he immediately said "PIZZA"! I knew he would say that! Since yesterday was my son's birthday, he got his wish. We went to Pizzahut for dinner. After that, we had his birthday cake at home.

Made him this "Choo-choo Train" birthday cake which was taken from Betty Crocker's "The Big Book of Cupcakes" and they called this "Snow-capped Gingerbread Train". Since mine is not as beautiful as the one in the book, I'll just name it "Choo-choo Train" birthday cake!  :) 

I just made the basic chocolate cupcake instead of the gingerbread cupcake. The frosting is Cream Cheese frosting. The decorations I used are Smarties, gummy sweets, marshmallows, pretzels sticks for the joining of the wheels and cheezels for the rims of the wheels.

He was happy with his birthday cake. Guess what he reached for first as soon as he has blown the candles? Marshmallows !

My baby is 9 years old! And next year there will be two numbers to his age! Oh my, we are getting older too!   : o)

Chocolate Cupcakes
(adapted from "The Big Book of Cupcakes" by Betty Crocker)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup hot water
2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
3/4 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar (I use 180gm)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Heat oven to 350F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. (I got exactly 8 regular muffin size and 12 mini cupcakes).
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder, set aside. In small bowl, mix hot water and cocoa until dissolved; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about 1/3 of mixture at a time, and cocoa mixture, about 1/2 at a time, beating just until blended.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks to cool. Frost with desired frosting.
(For regular size, bake for 20-25 minutes and for mini size, bake for 12 to 16 minutes)

Cream Cheese Frosting 
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
4 cups powdered sugar (I use about 3 cups)
  1. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and 2 teaspoons of the milk with electric mixer on low speed until smooth, beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  2. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting is too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.
  3. Leftover frosting can be tightly covered and refrigerated up top 5 days or frozen up to 1 month. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature to soften; stir before using. Frosts 24 cupcakes (about 2-1/2 cups).

Decorations :
Assorted candies (such as candy-coated chocolate pieces, round chewy caramels in milk chocolate, chewy fruit snacks, licorice twists, hard round peppermint candies, fruit-flavoured ring-shaped hard candles and gumdrops)
Pretzel sticks
Sample-size cones

To Assemble Train :
Make Cream Cheese Frosting, reserve 1/2 cup frosting for decorating. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting leaving one regular size cupcake unfrosted. Place 5 regular cupcakes on serving platter. Cut unfrosted cupcake in half; place upside down at front of train as shown. Attach mini cupcakes to both sides of train with frosting and connect with pretzel sticks. Add additional cupcakes to front and back of train as shown. Decorate with candies, pretzel sticks and cone, as desired (attaching with frosting as needed). 


  1. that very nice recipe for entertaining the children a great idea, congratulations, your baby's cute, big hugs.

  2. A very happy birthday to your kiddo and hugs to him. I'm sure he enjoyed it very much.

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  3. Happy birthday to ur boy, cake looks super cute, marvellous and pretty..

  4. Happy Birthday to your son, the cho cho train cake looks very cute. Very creative!

  5. Really lucky 9 year old!! Happy Birthday to your son.. Love your cake!!

  6. Una monada de tarta, no la falta detalle.
    Un saludito

  7. Happy Birthday!
    The birthday train would make every boy grin :-))

  8. Oh happy birthday to him! He is adorable and that train is AWESOME! You rock girl! It seriously looks professional done- great job!

  9. Hi!!! Happy birthday to your son!!!
    You are so creative, that is fantastic, lovely photos, good job.

  10. Wow Joyce, you did an amazing job!!! I've never even attempted anything like this. Happy Birthday to your son, what a lucky boy to have a Mom like you! :o)

  11. joyce, the train looks fantastic and really good work! Me for sure do not know how to make this. Chubby boy, eh?

  12. This cake look amazing and nice, happy birthday to your boy, gloria

  13. How fun! I love kids cakes like this. Fortunately, my nieces are still babies and will accept fun colored and brightly decorated cupcakes! Great post!

  14. Joy, what an adorable birthday cake! I totally agree with Brenda, you are a great mom! Happy Birthday to your son, and many more!

  15. Happy birthday to your son!

  16. The cake looks awesomely cute, love it...:)!!

  17. Happy birthday to your son. Cake looks adorable ..

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  18. Wow! That's like the best kids cake ever! I hope he appreciated its awesomeness :) Well done!

  19. Happy Birthday to your son. The train of cake looks so awesome and delicious.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. What little boy would not love this adorable cake. I should make this for my little grandson's birthday. He loves vehicles as he calls them, at age 3. He is a riot.

    You have the very best cakes.

  21. Hi friends,
    My son has read all the comments, and he is kind of shy! He would like to say "Thank You" for all your wishes. Have a lovely week, everyone!

  22. Happy Birthday to yr son. What a creative and cute cake! So colourful, kids would surely love. :-D

  23. Happy Birthday to your son! His train cake was absolutely beautiful. I can tell it was made with a lot of love.


  24. Wow, what a fun and awesome cake! It is so cute and you did a great job! Happy Birthday to your dear son!

  25. That is so cute! I bet he loved it! Happy birthday to him!

  26. What an awesome looking cake ~ very neat n professional! The Birthday boy looks so happy ~ great job mommy :)
    Many Happy returns to him ~ God bless!
    US Masala

  27. Great job! Looks exactly like a train and so creative..kev must be very happy! so lucky to hv a mom like you. did he give you a big big hug?

  28. Very creative! A beautiful cake made with a lot of
    LOVE as the main ingredient! Hey! HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY! Love you lots, kiddo....hugs and kisses....

  29. beautiful idea...very nice cake...
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  30. Hi friends,
    Thank you for visiting and all your lovely wishes! Have a great day, everyone!

  31. What a cute cake! Happy belated birthday to your son! :)

  32. That's a cute cake! Happy Birthday to your son! They do grow up fast.

  33. This is absolutely adorable!!!!!!! I've never seen anything like this before, but it's just darling!!! Your son must have been thrilled with it!! :)

  34. Happy Belated Birthday to your son! What an adorable cake...he looks very pleased :)

  35. que tarta mas encanta,me quedo con tu blog,gracias un bs