In honor of my son’s 6th birthday, I am sharing my homemade train birthday cake! My son has been obsessed with trains ever since he was two years old, and this is his third train cake. The first one was a store bought Thomas the tank engine cake, the second was a gluten free homemade cake, and so far, this is the best one! It is gluten, dairy, and soy free and tastes delicious! I am not a professional baker, and am happy the train turned out as well as it did! My son absolutely loved it, and that’s what matters most.
For the cake, I use Pamela’s chocolate cake mix. It is deep, dark, moist, and rich in flavor. Of coarse it is also gluten, dairy, and soy free.
The frosting is a homemade whipped cream using rice milk and a few other ingredients, that has been tinted with all natural food coloring. India Tree Food Coloring Natural Decorating Colors are made from highly concentrated vegetable colorants and contain absolutely no synthetic dyes or corn syrup. Just 3 simple colors: red, yellow, and blue, can be combined to produce icings in soft beautiful pastels and the rich jewel tones found only in nature, naturally!
The wheels are trader joes gluten free Joe Joe’s cookies and the cylindars are glutino gluten free pretzels covered with frosting.
I drew the outline of the train on a piece of white paper and laid it on top of the square cake. I used a sharp kitchen knife to cut through the paper and the cake. Make sure the cake is completely cooled, or it will crumble and fall apart.
Ingredients for Cake
- Pamela’s Chocolate Cake Mix
- Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Joe Joe’s
- Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels
Ingredients for Frosting
- 1/4 cup of rice flour
- 1 cup of rice milk
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3/4 cup shortening or coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- India Tree Food Coloring (blue)
Directions for Cake
- Follow directions on Pamela’s chocolate cake mix
Directions for Frosting
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the rice flour and rice milk until combined completely. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. When the mixture begins to thicken, whisk constantly until it is at the consistency of pudding. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- With an electric mixer, cream together the shortening and oil until smooth and light, about 4 minutes. Add the sugar and beat for another 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and cooled flour and milk mixture and beat for another 4 minutes.
- Add a drop (one at a time) of blue food coloring until you have the color you want. (This frosting can be refrigerated)