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post #41 of 126
I would just make tracks from licorice and some terrian like PP said. That would look cute.

Those tracks are too small for the trains on the cake pan and also I don't think it would be good for your tracks.

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post #42 of 126
I would be grossed out unless they were wrapped.
post #43 of 126
There's not much you could do to cake that would make me not want to eat it.

That said, since it appears that a fair portion of people would be squicked, I'd use something else for the tracks if I were serving it -- piping some icing down would be super easy and look cute.
post #44 of 126
I wouldnt do it. DS loved his train tracks and cake can leave a greasy film on stuff and those tracks are $$. I also know where our tracks have been over the years, new or not and I would not want my hard worked upon cake on those tracks... washed or not.

What I would do is get some 'handi wrap' type stuff and put that OVER the tracks then put the cake on it.
post #45 of 126
OT: Where did you get the mold for the trains? I want to get one!
post #46 of 126
would not cross my mind a gross, but i would put something under the tracks and not put the right on the table...
post #47 of 126
Did someone say cake? Yes please!
post #48 of 126
I think the best solution is to present the pieces of cake on squares of baking paper on the track, presuming you have washed the track and it is lovely and clean; then that way you get to have the tracks and the guests get to know you have considered the hygiene and presentation side of things. BTW, amazing how many replies you have gotten to this, obviously something that there are strong and yet differing opinions on. I am definitely not a germaphobe (in my own home anyway!) and my children seldom get sick and never need to see doctors. But I was taught to fear dirt inside the house, as a child (although encouraged to get as muddy and dirty as I wanted outside... somehow I survived the outside dirt just fine!) and now I have a sensitive stomach when it comes to food, and small random things can spoil my appetite. Best to play it safe with guests I think.
post #49 of 126
I would mind to eat the cake directly from the tracks.
I am very creative person and I am generally all for things of that kind
but considering all latest issues with lead and all kinds of toxins being
everywhere I would not be able to stop thinking how much of whatever
could leach into that cake.

All toys are coated with something. Thomas train toys in particular
had many recalls and major lead issues in the past so this
would really be a turn off for me.

However knowing that there is something separating the cake from coimng
in direct contact with the wood would be sufficient for me to enjoy the
design. Many people already suggested great solutions.
post #50 of 126
It sounds like a great cake. I wouldn't mind at all eating cake off the tracks, as long as they looked clean I would assume you'd washed it first, and I'm not bothered in the slightest about possible chemical leaching, it wouldn't even cross my mind, it's not like you'll be cooking it on the tracks. But I'm not sure I'd do it myself because I'd be more bothered about how difficult it could be to get the slightly greasy film off the tracks afterwards, you might end up having to use a scrubber which could scratch the tracks and spoil them.
post #51 of 126
I would put something on the track first, but for the sake of the track more than the sake of the cake. The lead problems with Thomas things were items painted red, so the track was fine as far as that goes, but it would be basically impossible to get the track properly cleaned afterward, and I'd be worried that latent bits of cake and frosting could cause bacteria to form and/or attract ants.
post #52 of 126
Wouldn't even make me blink an eye. I think a PP mentioned it and I wonder too if those trains aren't too wide for the tracks. To the point where you wouldn't even see the track really. (I have the same mould *G*).
post #53 of 126
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SugarAndSun View Post
OT: Where did you get the mold for the trains? I want to get one!
It is from Williams Sonoma.


I cannot believe all these replies, thank you!

I think that for the safety of the tracks (and any germaphobes will benefit) I'll either wrap the tracks with saran wrap (sounds like a PITA) or find a decorative baking paper to put under the trains when I go to get more frosting colors.
post #54 of 126
Something that wouldn't even cross my radar. As long as it wasn't all grody? Not a big deal. To me.
post #55 of 126
I would cut rectangles of cardboard to the same size as the bottom of the train cakes. I'd wrap the cardboard in foil. Then I'd place each car on foil-wrapped cardboard, decorate and place them along the cleaned wooden tracks.

You get the effect you want, the germ-careful people know that they are protected and everyone is (or should be) happy.

Very cute BTW. Have a happy birthday party!

Annamama - that cake looks amazing!
post #56 of 126
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So cute! I feel like a slacker now. Must start planning cakes for my kids fall birthdays today.

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Originally Posted by ChristyMarie View Post
I think that for the safety of the tracks (and any germaphobes will benefit) I'll either wrap the tracks with saran wrap (sounds like a PITA) or find a decorative baking paper to put under the trains when I go to get more frosting colors.
Not only will it be a PITA to wrap the tracks in plastic wrap, but the plastic wrap will probably make it difficult to cut and serve the cake. Definitely go with the paper or maybe some cake cardboard cut to size.
post #57 of 126
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So cute! I feel like a slacker now. Must start planning cakes for my kids fall birthdays today.



Not only will it be a PITA to wrap the tracks in plastic wrap, but the plastic wrap will probably make it difficult to cut and serve the cake. Definitely go with the paper or maybe some cake cardboard cut to size.
No cutting involved, each train car is an individual serving.

With the saran wrap I could use a dab of frosting to secure each train car so they don't wobble.
post #58 of 126
I think it would be perfectly fine if you put a but if tinfoil on the bottom of the cake. No one would see it until you cut in to the cake.

FWIW I served chocolate pudding out of the back of one of my son's dump trucks for his 2nd birthday. Maybe my family is just more relaxed, or too polite to say anything!
post #59 of 126
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Originally Posted by ChristyMarie View Post
I think that for the safety of the tracks (and any germaphobes will benefit) I'll either wrap the tracks with saran wrap (sounds like a PITA) or find a decorative baking paper to put under the trains when I go to get more frosting colors.
Something like an eclair liner would be the right size/shape and would be "food grade" paper (although I'd be tempted to just cut colored cardstock into rectangles with pinking shears). I agree that saran- or foil-wrapped tracks would be a huge PITA and also would look messy and odd.

I think it's an adorable idea overall -- I bet it's going to look great! You'll have to post pictures!
post #60 of 126
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I think it would be perfectly fine if you put a but if tinfoil on the bottom of the cake. No one would see it until you cut in to the cake.

FWIW I served chocolate pudding out of the back of one of my son's dump trucks for his 2nd birthday. Maybe my family is just more relaxed, or too polite to say anything!
OMG - my ds would DIE if I did this! He LOVES trucks!!

Anyone know where you can get some of these super cool cake molds for a more reasonable price? i would love to make some of these for my ds, but so expensive for the cake pan!!
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