D is for DIY Birthday Cakes

I was inspired by Jean Van't Hul over at The Artful Parent blog for this cooking activity. Bear has been pestering me over the past few weeks to make a train cake.  I am not sure where she got the idea from but Bear has certainly been persistent in her requests.

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Bear loved her finished train cake
With their birthdays coming up this month it was a great opportunity to not only make a train cake but also let Bear and Bee have total control over a cooking project.

This is what we did to make an easy train birthday cake.  But you could easily adapt this idea to lots of themes. How about a square sponge cake and some mini waffle ice cream cones to make a castle cake? Or blue jelly and crushed plain biscuits for a beach cake? We used store bought cakes and decorations because of limited time but you could easily make your own plain butter cake as the base.

1 plain butter cake
1 packet assorted rollettes
Icing mixture
Food colouring
Assorted sprinkles and lollies for decorating such as smarties, freckles and musk sticks


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Bee mixing her icing
1. Make icing using icing mixture, a few drops of food colouring and a small amount of warm water. Or use your favourite recipe for icing.

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2. Cut the cake into 2 different sized rectangles to create a train engine shape.

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Bear icing the train engine
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Bee adding decorations
3. Ice the engine and add the decorations.
4. Arrange the musk sticks (or you could use liquorice straps) onto a large flat plate to form train tracks.
5. Place the train engine on top of the musk sticks.

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Bear decided her cake needed candles.
6. Add the rollettes as carriages and decorate them with lollies using leftover icing as 'glue'.

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Bee loved her cake.

7. Enjoy.

I really would encourage you to let your children have a go at making their own birthday cakes.  Bear and Bee were absolutely thrilled with the results and there wasn't as much mess as I thought there would be!


  1. Nice post! I really would encourage you to let your children have a go at making their own birthday cakes.

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