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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!!
We did a train cake for DS's 2nd birthday, and I just bought an inexpensive pan at the craft store in the cake decorating section. They had a cute engine-shaped one, so we used that and then just baked a sheet cake and cut it into rectangles and decorated them as boxcars. It was more of a 2-D effect though, like you were looking down at a picture rather than how these stand up on a track. But still very cute and DS loved it!

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I think it's a great idea and something my DS would love too. However, I would put something between the tracks and the cakes. I don't mind the cake touching them directly as long as they were washed, but I'd be concerned with the icing staining the wooden tracks since they aren't sealed.

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I wouldn't care. I think it is an awesome idea and you are a superfun mom.

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An easy way to serve right off the table without serving right off the table is to just lay out some parchment paper on the table. You could pipe some frosting tracks right on it.. No need for a platter or anything. although if you want to make it moble a nice piece of thick cardboard wrapped in foil or parchment would work good. If you wanted a grass effect you could use a layer of cardboard and either paint it green or use green tissue paper and then wrap it in saran wrap (get high quality saran wrap if you are using this for any sort of decorating.) Then you can set up the cake and move it to the table when you are ready but I think it would be much easier to just unroll a layer of parchment and set the cake up right there.

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I'd eat the cake and not even think twice of it!! We did a train for my son's second birthday, and made the track with twizzlers!
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It wouldn't bother me but I don't have alot of issues with food being on the ground and stuff-our 5 second rule is more like 20 seconds =0.

But I could understand (and know) others who would. So I would maybe take some sturdy cardboard and cut it into small pieces, wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and place it under the cake. Or cut up the paper plates you would serve it on.

its sounds really cute. If you have time when its done post a pic!

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OP how did it/ is it going? update maybe? i would love to see pics!

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I would assume that they we washed, and it wouldn't bug me. I don't have a hug germ paranoia/anxiety.
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OP how did it/ is it going? update maybe? i would love to see pics!
I'm making/decorating tomorrow and the party is Saturday.

I was at the store today and found 4 inch wide ribbon (oh my, and it just happens to match the main frosting color perfectly!). I'm going to wrap that around the tracks where the trains will sit with a scrap of wax paper under to stop any seepage. That way the trains sit on nice, new, clean ribbon.* Everyone should be "oooh, cute!" and not have a moment to worry about germs.

FTR, there will be a separate adult cake because no way in heck am I decorating 30 train cars. Plus you need to use a box mix to get those shaped cakes to come out correctly and I want to eat a good cake. I also hate decorator's icing so my cake will have a good cream cheese frosting. Yum!

*I will personally throw cake at anyone who complains about germs, contamination, lead or cooties in brand new ribbon which is used to decorate cakes all the time. *wink*
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That's not very nice. It always grates me when people say this. So dismissive.

If these are plastic tracks, we can assume they have little nooks and crannies in them, right? If these are generally used for play, are you sure you can get the dirt and dust out? Maybe with a toothbrush?

Like I said, I'd probably eat the cake anyway, but I don't think it's ridiculous for somebody to not want to eat off of something dirty whether it's a plate or train tracks.
i was thinking about this... why is it dismissive? they dont have to eat the cake. why the need to say something, just dont eat it. thats what i do... no need to complain.

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^^ Because I've heard people say this to other people when they have a concern, and I think it's rude. Not that it wouldn't be rude for someone to say, "I won't eat your cake because it's not sanitary". But obviously some of us would question it to ourselves, and I don't think that having the thought is ridiculous.

Maybe it's because my MIL says this all. the. time. "Don't be ridiculous! I only left the raw chicken in the car for 3 hrs. What do you mean you won't eat it??"
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^^ Because I've heard people say this to other people when they have a concern, and I think it's rude. Not that it wouldn't be rude for someone to say, "I won't eat your cake because it's not sanitary". But obviously some of us would question it to ourselves, and I don't think that having the thought is ridiculous.

Maybe it's because my MIL says this all. the. time. "Don't be ridiculous! I only left the raw chicken in the car for 3 hrs. What do you mean you won't eat it??"
I've had people say this to me often too...like giving my ds a present from garage sale and acting like I'm some major germaphobe because I wanted to clean it first (that was when he was putting everything in his mouth). And we're not talking about people who would eat at a restaurant with the same silverware that wasn't washed from the previous diner. I've also met a lot of people who I thought were a bit over the top as far as cleanliness... and it's just everyone has a different comfort level...there isn't a right or wrong.
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I so wish I'd thought of a train cake sooner. DS2's party is on Saturday, and he'd love it, but there's no way I can make it happen now. He's stuck with balloons.

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I have this cake pan and made the trains for ds' 3rd b/day - it was so much fun to decorate!:
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As you can see, I got a large board and piped a line of icing for the track, then stuck bootlace sweets to the icing. The initial idea was to have the train track going all over the table - weaving in and out of the party food, but I was concerned that it would take too much time to set up. If I did it early in the day, I was sure the cakes would dry out.
To answer your original query, I wouldn't have any issue with eating cake from a toy track, because I would trust you to have washed it
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Bumping 'cause I added photos in the original post. The cake was a hit! The kids loved it.
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Bumping 'cause I added photos in the original post. The cake was a hit! The kids loved it.
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very cute!!! The ribbons were a great idea!

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wow! that's a super cute cake! I like your idea with the ribbons as well, although I'd probably still eat the cake even it was just on the tracks.
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Dd10 was standing over me when I opened the pictures. She's in love! They look great, nice job.
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That is so cool!
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That is a beautiful cake/display!

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Wow that is amazing! Great job!

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super cute

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I love your idea, and the pictures look great, so creative! That said - I wouldn't really think twice about eating off wooden track... I have a wooden cutting board and I eat off that all the time!

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That's adorable!

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Beautiful cake! What a magical thing for your kid to enjoy!

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Wow, those turned out so well!!! I am in awe.
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