How to Make a Train Out of Cupcakes

by Rosenya Faith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Decorate the cupcake train with the guest of honor's favorite candies. Images

Make a train cake for a birthday party or other special celebration for a vehicle-loving child or an adult train enthusiast. Make a realistic-looking train from a batch of cupcakes baked in rectangular cupcake pans or make the train from traditional round cupcakes for an adorable alternative. You can decorate the train with icing colors that coordinate with the party’s color scheme and add candy embellishments and an icing train track for a professional-looking party centerpiece.

Prepare a cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into a lightly greased rectangular cupcake pan. Bake the cupcakes according to the cake-mix instructions.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and let cool for 30 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan. Let cool on a tray or wire rack for 1 to 2 hours.

Cover each cupcake in a thick layer of buttercream icing, and smooth with an icing smoother. You can use the same color for each car of the train or use different colors for a bright edible centerpiece.

Arrange the cakes into a train shape on a large plastic or glass tray. You can make a train track on the cake tray first by using a pastry bag with a round icing tip and chocolate icing.

Decorate the train cars. Press a chewy round candy into the front and back of each cake to make the wheels. Decorate the tops of the cars with licorice sticks and piled-up candies. Stack chocolate-covered peanut butter cups at the top front of the head car for a chimney, and use gumdrop candies for the headlights.


  • When using traditional, round cupcakes for the train, do not bake the cupcakes with paper cupcake liners. Cover the entire top and sides of the cupcakes with icing, and decorate in the same manner as the rectangular cupcakes.

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About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.