Chuffing Through The Country Side – Sugarcrafters

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February 19 2018

Chuffing Through The Country Side

Novelty cakes are are a fantastic way of showing off your creativity and talent as a cake decorator. This 4 tier train cake is a great design to get you started as it requires many different skills, including cake carving, cake stacking, airbrushing and using Pop It 2D cutters.

Remember, you don't have to make all 4 tiers, simply use our tutorial as a guide and let your creativity flow!

1. Sandwich two of the 8" cakes together to create the tall cake for the middle tier. Halve a teacake and position onto the edge of both the bottom and middle tiers to create the bridge shapes. With a thin layer of buttercream coat both the bottom and middle tiers before covering with white sugarpaste.


2. For the top tier cut off a section from one end of the cake. With the cake stood on its end place onto the cake card, draw the base outline and cut to size. Coat the cake in a thin layer of buttercream and cover with white sugarpaste.


3. Using the cake sectioned off from the top tier trim and shape the cake to create a tunnel for the top. On the remaining cake card draw around the base of the tunnel, coat in buttercream and then with white sugarpaste. Assemble the cakes stacking one on top of the other using the easy cut dowels to support each tier.

4. Take a small amount of sugarpaste and colour it black with colour paste. To create the tunnels roll the sugarpaste out fairly thin and cut out 6 small oval shapes, trimming off the bottom third of each. Set to one side.




Using your favourite recipe bake 1 x 10" (254mm) cake and 3 x 8" cakes (203mm)


You will Need:

Round cakes, baked and cooled - 1 x 10" (254mm) & 3 x 8" (203mm) 

Round cake board 12" (305mm)
Square cake card 8" (203mm) - cut to size to fit the top tier and tunnel
2.5kg White Sugarpaste
2oog white Gumpaste
400g White Buttercream
Individual Teacake cut in half or trimmings from cake
JEM Pop It - Train and Coach (I1026P023)
PME Oval Gutters (PN03)
PME Paste Colours - Brick Red (PC1059), Sunny Yellow (PC1053), Ocean blue (PC1066), Midnight Black (PCI055)
PME Brush n Fine Pens - Black (P6042), Red (PE033), Dark Green (PE037)
PME Airbrush Colours —Lime (AB509), Leaf Green (AB503), Pitch BIack (AB507), Pearl (AB513), Blue (AB500)
PME Powder Colour Chocolate brown (PC316)
PME, Plastic Wires (1103PW)
PME Easy Cut dowels (DR21)

5. Airbrush the cakes using the PME Airbrush Colours in Lime and Leaf Green. With the gumpaste start preparing the train decorations. The trains and carriages for the top tier will require extra support, cocktail sticks or florist wire are suggested for this.

6. Use the Brush n Fine Pens draw and paint any additional details onto to the trains and coaches. Attach the black tunnels andf for extra detail sprinkle a combination of granulated sugar blended with the chocolate brown powder colour for the tracks. Add the trains and coaches in any arrangement you like.