Train cakes make a great addition to any party. Whether it's for a child's birthday celebration or the model train lover you know, this decorative cake is bound to add that extra special touch to the occasion. This cake allows for some creativity, so don't be afraid to express yourself and add that extra touch to make it really stand out. It will take a while for the cake to cool properly, so you may want to make it the night before.
Mix cake batter as you would normally. You can either create the batter from scratch or use a box of cake mix. Follow all instructions as you would if you were baking a regular cake.
Grease only the bottoms of two 9- by 5-inch loaf pans. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two loaf pans. Cook according to package directions.
Remove cakes from pans by running a knife around the edges. Place them on a cooling rack. Cool cakes completely for at least one hour. Place the cakes in the refrigerator or freezer for an additional hour to ensure that they are firm.
While the cake is cooling, split vanilla frosting into four smaller bowls. For each bowl, add either red, blue, yellow or green food colouring to the frosting.
Using a serrated knife, cut the top off the loaf cakes, so there is a level edge. Place cakes with the cut side down. Cut strips lengthwise from each side of one loaf to make it thinner. Remove a 1 1/2-inch thick section from the loaf crosswise, paying special attention not to cut through to the bottom. Attach this section to the top front of the loaf with frosting. This section will be the engineer's train car.
Cut the second loaf into four equal sections crosswise. These will form the remaining train cars.
Frost each of the train cars with the different coloured frostings. Frost the engineer's car with chocolate frosting.
Add the sweets for decorations. Use the cookies to create wheels on all of the train cars. Top the different cars with candies, so it looks as if the train is transporting them. You can use liquorice to add trim along the cars and to create windows on the engineer's car.
Place the remainder of the chocolate frosting into a plastic bag. Snip the bottom corner off and draw "train tracks" on the serving platter for an extra special touch.