I made this Tractor Birthday Cake Design for my grandson Billy's 3rd birthday. He lives in the country side near a farm. He loves tractor's. I have made cakes for my other grandchildren in the past, but nothing with dark icing. I tried to colour the icing with liquid colour. This was unsuccessful as the icing went to soft. I looked on your website and found one lady had used sugar craft icing ready coloured.
I found a cake decorating shop that sold the icing. It was amazing to use. The ploughed field on the board is sugar craft icing chocolate flavour. The Lincoln green was the perfect colour for the John Deere tractor. The field at the front of the tractor is coconut with green food dye. The sponge cake is chocolate flavour, with chocolate butter cream under the icing. The hay bales are made of white icing painted with food dye. I took me several hours to complete but was well worth it. Billy thought it was wonderful.
Rowan is mad about tractors – his favourite colour is red. I made two slab cakes sliced through with butter icing. I used a picture of a John Deere as a template and a bit of poetic licence. The coloured icing was bought. The bales are left uncovered with a disk of beige icing forked round for effect. The photo of Rowan just happened to be one we had of him in a tractor. It was for his 2nd birthday and he really loved it. One tip I was given by a professional for rolling out coloured icing I would like to pass on is to use a tiny bit of Cookeen or similar in place of icing sugar. It really works. The cake mixture was a Victoria sponge recipe but with an added 1oz of flour for every 4oz. This still makes a light cake but with a bit more substance to it. I was inspired by Coolest Cakes to make my cake and hope others are inspired also.
This Homemade Tractor Birthday Cake was super easy and really fun to make! I used ideas from this site. I made it in 2 separate loaf pans leaving one loaf whole and cutting the other in half. I put half on top of the whole loaf and used toothpicks in between to help hold it. The other half I leveled in half (long ways) and used as the trailer on the back.
The wheels are donuts--big for the back and small for the front. I cut mini donuts in half for the wheels of the trailer and used krispy treats for the hay bales. The 'road' is crushed graham crackers and the 'grass' is coconut with green food coloring. Licorice for the bars on the trailer. My son was thrilled!
I took a cake pan and made the tractor cake then I took 4 cups marshmallows, added 2 tablespoon of water and microwaved it, and added about 4 cups powder sugar to make fondant. I then covered the tractor birthday cake with fondant, and then iced it.
The baler is a 10' round cut to look like a baler. I used cupcakes to make the tires and a straw to make the hay collector. Covered all pieces in fondant and iced it.
My son turns 3 tomorrow and he wanted a John Deere tractor and baler so this mom carried it out. If you look under cows his 2nd birthday cake is #14. Thanks for looking at my creation.