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Second birthday and a train cake

Nicholas turned three on Sunday. Yes, three, not two. It’s taken me a whole year to blog about the cake I made him for his second birthday…

Last year Nicholas was mad about trains so it was easy to choose the theme for his birthday party. It also meant I could make him an iconic cake. An iconic Australian birthday cake.

Growing up in Australia there was one book most mothers turned to when their kids’ birthdays came around. I don’t think I’m alone in remembering the excitement of looking through the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book and either getting to choose the cake myself or wondering which one my mum would make me.

Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book

And in this iconic book there is an iconic cake. This cake is so iconic there’s even a song about it!

So easy decision, the train cake it was.

Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake BookBut for some reason I wanted to make this iconic cake even more amazing. For some reason I always want to make things harder for myself. I wanted to make a train cake with a surprise inside. It took a bit of practising, but I managed to hide the number two and some stars inside the cake. I’m not sure it was worth all the stress and time, but I do think it turned out great!

Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake BookWe had train-shaped sandwiches, healthy carrot muffins, railway crossing fruit skewers and yogurt train carriages, along with a few other nibbles.

Train party food
And most  important of all, Nicholas loved his cake.

happy customer with his train cakechecking the buttercream icing

Although he may have enjoyed the Thomas train we hired more! (My goodness what a difference a year makes…)

Second birthday ride-on Thomas train