I Choo Choo CHOOSE You

Ralph WinchesterI seriously hope the United States develops a better mass transit system. Yeah it would be economical, efficient, environmentally sound… but that’s not why. If we don’t; A.P. will probably never get a job and he will live at home forever.  A.P. is a train fanatic. The “Thomas the Tank Engine” recall about killed us.

Speaking of Thomas; we are going to ‘Ride the Rails’ soon.  You see, Thomas goes on tour every year. I picture a very fancy tour bus cruising across the country with Thomas inside, bossing everyone around and demanding to talk with his agent.

Miraculously, he can appear in several places at once.  I know I am a skeptic, but I would swear it looks like they just slap a giant Thomas ‘mask’ on an already existing train!! But I’m sure that’s not the case, or they would never get away with charging $18 per person.

To celebrate the upcoming event, today we will be making a train-related recipe sent to us by Grandma Nonnie. It is called “Little Engineers Cake“, and it looks SO cute!

  • 1 frozen (16 ounce) pound cake, thawed
  • 1 (16 ounce) container white frosting
  • 4 food colors of your choice
  • 16 miniature sandwich cookies (Oreos)
  • Assorted candies -Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, and licorice.
  1. Cut the pound cake in half crosswise then cut each half lengthwise to form 4 boxcar shapes.  Place the cake pieces on a platter to form a train.
  2. Divide the frosting into 4 bowls and add a different food color to each to create 4 different colors of frosting.  Frost each boxcar with a different color frosting.
  3. Use mini sandwich cookies to make train wheels, Starburst candies for windows, Tootsie Rolls for a smokestack and licorice to connect the wheels and boxcars to each other.  Serve immediately, or cover loosely until ready to serve.

This is a Mr. Food recipe. Enjoy!

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