My daughter turned 3 today and the one thing she asked for was a purple train cake.

I asked her if she wanted to do something fun for her birthday.

She said, “I want to eat cake.”

Train Birthday Cake {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

My daughter really really likes to play with the Thomas wooden trains, so it was fitting that her birthday cake was a train.  Her favorite color is purple {for the time being}, so it was obvious that the cake needed to be purple.

Then, we discovered that there actually is a purple train in the Thomas set, named Lady.

My daughter then went around telling people that she was having a purple Lady cake for her birthday.

It still makes me laugh, thinking about how that must have sounded.

I made up a batch of Vanilla Cake {Gluten Free, Dairy Free} and baked it in a rectangle pan.

Once the cake had cooled, I followed along with this tutorial on how to cut and layer the cake to make it actually resemble a train.


The frosting is simply: Spectrum Shortening, Powdered Sugar and vanilla.

The cake tasted great. The birthday girl was excited to have her “Lady” cake.

Fun was had by all.



I linked up with the Gluten Free Birthday Cake Challenge @ The Daily Dietribe