Let me give you a quick piece of parenting advice that I learned the hard way: do not let an almost-2-year-old browse train birthday cakes on Pinterest. If you do, be aware that he may come to his birthday party with some seriously lofty expectations! This is how we got to this point. Luckily my sister–who, FUN FACT, earned a trophy for cake decorating in the 7th grade–was there with her super steady hands, clear design eye, and patience to help me work this out.
My son is obsessed with the train worlds of Thomas and Chuggington, so I knew a train cake was in order. He’s also pretty into tunnels so this seemed like it fit the bill. If you’re not great at piping with frosting or simply aren’t interested in investing that kind of time, see my tips and shortcuts below for ways to get around it more quickly and easily!