After doing a Google search for 'Tractor Cake' I came across this site and got some fantastic inspiration for our son's 1st birthday. Being farmers I really wanted to do a tractor but wasn't sure how to go about it so the ideas I got from this site were so helpful.
We have an actual tractor that is shaped much like my cake with a big rectangular bonnet so I figured I could use a loaf tin for that. I doubled a fruit cake recipe and made two loaf tins and one small round cake in order to have a enough for the bonnet and wheels.
I really like using royal icing because the cake can be done quite some time before the party leaving me free the day before to do other cooking. On the downside it isn't really very forgiving as can be seen on my cake and mistakes or blemishes show up quite clearly.
I colored ready made royal icing rolled it out and covered the bonnet and rear part of the tractor, then cut the tires to size and colored some more icing and covered those.
I used plastic sheet for the cab and piped the edges however did need to used sticky tape to keep it in place while the icing dried. I cut out strips of icing for the front grill and piped the two small lights. I used a grass nozzle on my piping bag for the grass and used licorice and a black candle for the two exhausts.
I then piped Happy Birthday on the cab roof. It could have been alot neater but with two toddlers around my feet I was very happy with the final product.
I did this tractor birthday cake for my 5 year old son's birthday. He loves tractors and John Deere. The cake is made of 2 oblong cakes put together. To do the brown plowed field it is chocolate icing that I put on then put in the refrigerator to get the icing stiff. Then I used a pumpkin scraper and dragged it along the brown icing to make rows.
The green field is just white icing dyed green and piped on the cake using a star tip. The tractor and combine we bought at Tractor Supply for just a couple of bucks. My son really liked the cake and loved the new toys that came on top.
I made this homemade tractor birthday cake for a friend of mine for her groom's cake. I added the pumpkins because he helps run his family pumpkin farm and the dog was a replica of his chocolate lab that he adores.
I made the cake by baking two large sheet cakes and stacking and forming them to get the basic tractor shape and used a large knife to further shape angles. I covered them in the colored fondant and just kept adding details until it felt complete.
The tires are made of Rice Krispy bars shaped and covered in fondant. The hay-bales are small pieces of cake covered and painted to look like hay.