Train Themed Birthday- 2nd Birthday

Cupcakes or cake? Big or small? Dinner and or just dessert? When planning a birthday for my boys I always begin by first selecting a theme about a month prior to their birthday. Then I spend the next month searching for pictures and ideas that I can use and make our own.

Below you will find pictures with a few explanations, hopefully you can glean a few ideas and make them even better! If you have any questions please feel free to write and I will be sure to answer!


 Chugga, Chugga, Choo, Choo; Look Whose Turning 2, 2!

Train Cake 

These are the train engine and cars just after being covered in fondant. The engine was made from pound cake (it is firmer and easier to carve). The other cars were made from white or chocolate cake mix, frozen, iced with a crumb layer, then covered in fondant. 


Instead of coloring fondant with dye, I chose to use cake graffiti (Charm Cakes’ spray paint for cakes). Besides, being very fun to use, I found that it saved me money and covered the fondant very evenly. My husband begged to help during this part! 😉


Decorating the train was a blast and where the baker can make the cake personalized. I used pretzels for logs, banana runts for a banana car, small pieces of black licorice for coal, Hershey’s gold nuggets for gold, and M&M’s (because my son loves them). 


Front view of the engine car


The 2-year-old eating the roof off of the engine. 


Cardboard Train

The surprise cardboard train my husband made out of moving boxes. We used 1 small wardrobe box, 2 medium-sized moving boxes.  We were in transition between selling our home in CA and moving to TX so we had plenty lying around. If you are not in the process of moving like we were, you can get all the boxes at Home Depot. 


The kids all had a blast playing in and on the train. Unfortunately, we did not have room for it in the moving truck!  The party favors were train whistles, a wooden train to build and paint (Michael’s), and red bandanas. 


  1. Amanda B says:

    Hi, I just found you through a google search of cardboard train! and I was wondering how your husband got the engine part to curve? I just tried and I can’t seem to get it to go round? Does that make sense?

    Many thanks

    • Amanda,
      What he did was cut lines (but not all the way through the cardboard). Then after you have cut enough for the curve you want (the greater your bend, you’ll want to cut more pieces close together), fold the piece of cardboard with the cuts on the top. He also had to use some boxes on the inside to help the top from caving in. Let me know if you need more details, also I would love to hear how it turns out.

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