This tractor cake was for our one year old. He had to share his birthday party with his older brother, so he didn't have much say in the theme. It's a 9" two layer yellow cake with buttercream icing. I first iced the whole cake with white buttercream. Then I traced the tractor on top with a toothpick (I used one of their toy tractors to get the basic shape). I piped black icing over the toothpick marks, then filled in with stars.
I found a John Deere emblem and used a toothpick again to draw five of them around the side. I filled in the emblems with green and yellow and filled in the rest of the background with yellow stars. Some of the emblems ended up crooked, but it finally came together. I finished it off with a green shell border on top and bottom.
The tractors on top of the cupcakes are made out of white melting candies dyed green (My husband made the tractor cookie cutter out of metal flashing). The tires are mini Oreos and brown M&Ms.
My friend's little boy turned three and is really into tractors, so I asked if I could make him his tractor cake as a present. I purchased the tractor and wagon as part of his gift so he can play with it when the cake is done.
It was pretty simple. I used a cupcake for the hill and covered it with crushed graham crackers crumbs and filled the bucket with them. I used shredded wheat to look like hay bales in the trailer. The garden veggies are jelly bellie beans. I used macaroon coconut with green food coloring for the grass.
The cake I made was yellow and I used a half sheet pan. The road and garden rows is icing tinted grey/brown. I did purchase the cute little barn and fence and added those in to complete the farm scene.
It was fun and hope it helps for some ideas for those other tractor loving boys out there!
My son had a John Deere tractor birthday party on a farm. This tractor cake was 2 9x13 sheet cakes that I put together. They weren't completely even and that worked out perfectly because it looked more realistic of the ground.
I used a grass tip to pipe the green grass. The garden is chocolate icing that I spread out in a square and piped green plants growing. I sprinkled crushed Oreos around it just to look like it had been plowed. I piped a chocolate 3 behind the tractor with the biggest tip that I had and used a fork and crushed Oreos to make it look as if the tractor had plowed out the three.
The pile of dirt was crushed Oreos and a little bit of butter just to give it that texture of being clumped together. My son loved this cake!
I started out just making the tractor from a form cake pan. My son's first birthday party grew in size so needed something else. I received some inspiration from other cakes on this website. I added the baler; it was a two-layer round cake trimmed. I used a cupcake for the wheel. I also used the other cupcakes as hay bales (not pictured).
On the tractor, I forgot the exhaust on top, so free-handed one in at the last minute and added smoke to the cake board. I made the headlights and tail lights both red just to add some different color. This was not a "John Deere" party but any type of tractor would be easy to do the same way.
The Tractor and Baler Cake was a big hit with the family and friends.