Whilst I think this train is marvellous, I promise you anyone can make it! Make it for a special wizard's birthday or even if you just like cake - and Harry Potter, obviously.
Preparation Time: 1/2 hour to mix and pour
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven
Decoration: How OCD are you?
Makes: However many carriages you need!
Ingredients Boxed vanilla cake mix
Food dye: blue, red, yellow and green
1x silicone train mould (I got mine from Kmart)
Tablespoon of melted butter
Tablespoon of milk
2 x tablespoons of Cocoa powder
Clean (basically new and washed) brushes
Method The train:
Follow the instructions on your boxed cake mix and combine the ingredients into a large bowl. Make sure you mix it so it's smooth - I did mine by hand but I'm a sucker for punishment so feel free to skip the bicep workout and use an electric mixer.
Divide the mixture into separate bowls, depending on how many colours you want. I went for blue, red, green, yellow and purple. Of course, you could do this just one solid colour but Hogwarts is magical and so, rainbow.
Open the lids to your food colouring carefully and use an eye dropper to place a few drops of colour into your bowl. Mix the colour thoroughly and carefully and add further drops to get the desired colour.
Preheat your oven to about 180 degrees.
Lightly spray the insides of your silicone tray with cooking spray.
Going colour by colour, carefully spoon the batter into your silicone moulds.
Tip - don't put purple at the "base" (top) of the train because it can look more brown when it's baked which makes it harder to colour with ice.
Stick your magical creation into the oven for about 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven.
While the train is cooling - definitely wait until those carriages are stone cold like Professor Umbridge before you try and take them out - sift your icing sugar, melted butter and tablespoon of milk into 2 clean bowls.
Mix all of the ingredients together, adding the 2 x tablespoons of cocoa powder to only one bowl. This will make a dark charcoal colour - use black food dye if you have it and leave out the cocoa powder.
Tip - scoop about 2 teaspoons of the icing without the cocoa powder into a small bowl and add yellow food colouring.
Carefully add red food dye to one bowl, and then equal parts red, green and blue food dye to the second bowl with the cocoa powder. Mix them until you have the colours you want.
This part will definitely take the longest.
Frankly, you could just leave the train like this because it looks like unicorn transport.
Carefully remove your train pieces and lay them out. Turn each piece on its side and carefully cut the bottom if needed so it will sit flat on your plate. If any pieces have fallen off, get a dollop of icing and do a quick glue job.
Take your paint brushes and a reference picture to the train itself then start carefully dabbing the icing onto the cake. I found it didn't matter if I did red or "black" bits first - just start with a little icing and built it up.
There isn't much instruction to this step - just have patience. And yes, the windows did take me a while, hence why they are slightly wonky.
Let the first layers set before you try and paint over them with a second coat or another colour, eg, the gold detailing or the Hogwarts sign.
Once it's done, the Dumbledore lego figure (Gandolf) is optional! Let it all set and then either tear your hard work apart and bask in the rainbow marble glory or wait to serve it at a party and get ready to say "Yes, I made that awesome train" repeatedly.