Lemon and Vanilla Train Cake
Baked this fantastic train cake, decorated with all the sweeties. Such a fab and fun cake which kids can decorate how they like! Perfect to get their creative minds going this Summer ☀️
Lemon and Vanilla Train Cake
Bake this fantastic train cake, decorated with all the sweeties. Such a fab and fun cake which kids can decorate how they like! Perfect to get their creative minds going this Summer ☀️
225g of Whitworths Caster Sugar
Zest of Two Lemons
200g of Plain Flour
1 Tsp of Baking Powder
½ Tsp of Baking Soda
½ Tsp of Salt
120g of Unsalted Butter, melted
115g of Sour Cream
2 Eggs, room temperature
1 Tsp of Vanilla
100g of Solid Vegetable fat/shortening (TREX)
120g of Unsalted Butter, softened
1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
500g of Whitworths Icing Sugar
2-3 Tbsp of Milk
Food Colouring of your choice (optional)
Assorted sweets to fill carts and rounded sweets for wheels
Mini marshmallows (optional)
For the Cake
For the Icing
For the Decoration
Preheat your oven to 160°C. Using a pastry brush, brush melted butter into every crevice of your train cake pan. Dust generously with flour. Tip over and tap to remove excess flour. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add your caster sugar and lemon zest. Rub the lemon zest into the sugar between your fingers until the lemon zest is thoroughly coated.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Beat (preferably using an electric mixer with the beater blade; do not use a hand whisk. If mixing by hand, use a wooden spoon) until well combined.
Sift in your flour and sugar mixture and beat on a medium speed until just combined (1 minute maximum). Be cautious of over-mixing your batter.
Spoon into your greased train cake tin until each section is approximately 3/4 full. Flatten the mixture and ease it into the sides rather than the middle. Tap the tin on a surface to remove air bubbles.
Bake in a preheated oven for 17-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Once baked, place a wire rack on top of the tin (the cake should be touching the wire wrack. Flip both the tin and the wire rack so that the rack is now at the bottom with the tin inverted on top. The flat base of the train cars should be resting against the wire wrack.
Leave to cool for 10 minutes. Once cooled slightly, lift the cake pan a little and shake gently to ease the cakes onto the rack. You may need a toothpick to loosen the edges at the top of the cakes. Leave to cool completely on the wire wrack.
Icing and Decorating
In large bowl, combine vegetable shortening, butter and lemon juice. Gradually add icing sugar, a little at a time, while mixing and scraping the bowl often. Add milk and beat on a medium speed until light and fluffy. Add food colouring of your choice (optional).
Add icing to piping bags and decorate train cars to your liking.
Add round sweets for the wheels and fill wagons with colourful assorted sweets, marshmallows and sprinkles of your choice.