Check out the process! Click on any picture to see a larger, more detailed, picture.
|I've started coloring the frosting at this point. Cake colors are pretty cool - much stronger than color drops.
||The purple and green are actually pretty vivid - hard to tell here.
||The cakes are almost all cooled off now. Just 5 mini-loaves. The disposable cake pans come for about a buck and a half for a set of 5.
|Look at how a little dot of what looks like orange...
||Mixes in to become...
|Okay - the cakes are a bit too risen to work as train cars - so I gotta knife 'em!
||A little off the top, a smidge off the sides, turn it over, and voila!
||Here they all are, all trimmed. I took the last loaf and cut it in pieces to pile on to make the cars different shapes. I staged the shapes here to see how they'd look.
|I was at a bit of a loss as to how to even start, but I decided to start with blue for the engine and just go for it. It's on wax paper here.
||I was REALLY at a loss as to how to frost the top piece. In retrospect this would have been a LOT easier if I had just put it down to frost. We love frosting at our house. What can I say.
||Look - Oreo wheels!
|Heh heh - my next victim!
||Green for this one...
||Some pull-apart red licorice for outlines...
||Precious candy cargo!
||A dab of frosting to stick some M&Ms on the wheels.
||The first two cars!
||Another victim! This one is the loaf, and two thin slices from the 5th loaf piled on top - with a layer of frosting in between.
|There's the in-between layer!
||Look - it's magically done!
|The caboose! Wish I remembered it should have been red...
||Yellow is cool too though.
||Loaded up with licorice and mini-marshmallows!
||You can't really tell, but I squirted a bunch of the pink frosting on the purple car and took another picture. I miscounted the number of cars and mixed up 5 colors - I only needed 4 since the last loaf gets cut up and put on the other loaves, not used as a separate car - oops!
||I moved them all to the table to look at it all together - whee!
||And yet another!