I am making the 3 d train cake for my godsons 2nd birthday. It says to use pound cake or firm batter. Does anyone know if it has to be poundcake or will cake mix work??
Pound cake is much firmer and will keep its shape after baked.
Are you using a train pan or are you carving it?
For carving it would definitely have to be pound or madeira cake... For the train pan option it would be advisable for what I said before...
Hope it helps!
Thanks a bunch. I think I will try the pound cake.
I just made a 3d train cake for my nephew last august. I used the wasc recipe and it was great. Wasc is made from a box mix and tastes fantastic.
I've made 2 train cakes and used wasc both times. It was firm and just right for any carving. Be sure to slightly freeze before carving. It makes it so easy.
I've used regular cake mixes for the Wilton 3D train pan set...and it's always turned out fine.
WASC is your best bet - it is delicious too! I use the basic recipe for any flavor, just use whatever flavor box mix you want and it is great!
I helped make my nephews train cake with his mother. She isn't a great baker so she made boxed yellow - it was a horrible mess. If you are following the video off of that DIY site (http://www.howdini.com/howdini-video-7074034.html) you will need the pound cake to carve the engine part of the train, the rest could be made of WASC no problem! HTH & good luck!
I've made way too many train cakes. Wasc does work great. Pound cake works better. Wasc allows for great carving and you can add some accents. Pound allows for much heavier accents, if you're inclined to add them. I may have a Thomas cake in my photos and he has a royal smokestack - it was HEAVY and it stayed!
I just used the Wilton 3d train this weekend and plain jane cake mix for it, and it worked great. I even covered it in Fondant.