Since there’s pretty much nothing on earth I’d rather do than share my most favorite hobby with my sweet boy, we got to work right away. But I first had to give some thought to exactly HOW we were going to build a train out of cake. I debated a sculpted 3-D masterpiece, or cutting a sheet cake into the shape of a train, or even ordering a train shaped pan, but I wanted to keep it super simple so that he could participate as much as possible.
So I decided to do a pull-apart cupcake train. I’ve not done pull-apart cupcakes before, although I’ve seen some pretty cool ones. I did a quick search online and found an adorable template for a train and boxcar pull apart cupcake display. Bingo. I found it here at Celebrate Life Simple. She has dozens of adorable pull-apart cupcake templates for all occasions. I also had an image of a train from my son’s upcoming birthday party decorations, so I improvised a little with the design to come up with something unique.
Lukas asked his dad what flavor cupcakes he wanted and he said chocolate, so we whipped up a few chocolate box cake mixes. Then I made two batches of my go-to vanilla buttercream frosting and tinted some with red, blue, black, and yellow food coloring. I gathered the rest of the supplies we’d need: a cake board, icing bags, couplers, tips, and a spatula.
We baked the cupcakes and arranged them on our cake board. We frosted them in the four colors we made, and then my sweet boy added a few finishing touches.