Step One: make a complete mess of your kitchen while baking the cake.
Step Two: Carefully remove the cake from the fully greased and floured pan you so diligently prepped.
Step Three: Make sure your children are out of earshot before you let your cake pan know exactly how you feel about the nine ruined train cars you've pried from its clutches.
Step Four: Be grateful that at least the train engine is intact...
if you don't look too hard.
In case you were wondering, here's what the cake is supposed to look like. My talented SIL made a train cake for each of her boys' birthdays (using the exact same pan!).
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
I'll admit it - I haven't read this one yet. Our library is not great about getting in the latest children's books. But it looks hilarious, and after my own woman vs. train incident today, it sounded like a perfect pick.
For a summary and review, check out Brimful Curiosities. I don't know how that lady gets her hands on all the new releases, but she always has excellent reviews and suggestions.