For my son's 5th birthday he decided he wanted a tractor cake just like papa's tractor. This was my first attempt at cake decorating, so after much researching, I took photos of the actual tractor from different angles and then enlarged them on the photocopier. Using a combination of tracing the photocopies and sketching freehand, I made a template on butchers paper.
The homemade New Holland tractor cake was made of 3 packets of Betty Crocker's chocolate cake and I baked it in 2 large slab tins. I cut the template into 3 sections (to minimize cake wastage) and then laid on the cake and cut out. I rejoined all my pieces on a ply-board covered in tin foil.
The icing was the Wilton frosting recipe which I just added blue food colouring until I got the right shade of 'New Holland' blue (or close enough!). The black tires and gray cab were also Wilton frosting, but the white inside the tires was frosting out of a can.
The black outline and steps etc. was Wilton black writing and decorating icing tubes, as was the yellow New Holland strip. I used a choc licorice bar for the exhaust on the bonnet and silver cachous for the headlights. I filled the trailer with a load of smarties for extra colour and the finishing touch was a picture of my son, which I laminated and put in the cab.
Overall I spent quite some hours planning and creating this homemade New Holland tractor cake, but to see his face and how impressed his friends were at his party, it was definitely worth the effort. Only this year he wants a v8 super car!
This Personalized Tractor Cake Design was a mess when I pieced it together out of a 9x13 and two 8" rounds, but the frosting totally saved it!
One full sized 8" is the back wheel, then I used a baby formula lid to cut the smaller wheel out of the second 8" round. The remaining portion of that round was used to make the two curved bumper portions for both wheels.
The 9x13 fell apart while I was cooling it, so I used the larger portions with flat edges to fill in the cab and engine, then used other broken pieces to make the steps (between the wheels).
Two regular sized containers of white frosting were just barely enough. I used the four basic colors of food coloring and some cocoa to make each of these colors.
3/4 of the frosting from one of the containers was dyed gray, the other 1/4 was made light blue. 3/4 of the other frosting tub was dyed green, and the remaining 1/4 was dyed yellow.
Used a frosting tip in the corner of a snipped baggie to do the piping. Necessity is the mother of invention!
I had a request to make a John Deere Tractor Cake for a little boy's 2nd birthday but they needed it to feed several people so I used the tractor cake pan and placed it on top of a full sheet cake. I used butter cream icing to ice the sheet cake to look like a field scene. I used the star tip and grass tip to finish off the tractor.
I made brown "sticks" and piped some white around them to make the cotton in the middle of the field. Tried to make it look like it was in the distance.
I had a lot of fun making this cake - worst part is waiting for the cakes to cool so I could get started.