Coolest John Deere Tractor and Trailer Cake

I made this John Deere tractor and trailer cake using the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa powder. I like to use this cake when I’m making a shaped cake, because it is much more dense than a regular boxed cake mix.

I had my husband build a stand out of wood for both the tractor and trailer ahead of time. I then made 5 9×13 sheet cakes and cut them to the size I needed to make the tractor. It was 3 rectangle layers and 3 square layers. I frosted it with chocolate frosting and then covered it in green mm fondant. I had to mix leaf green and a small amount of black coloring to get the John Deere green color. I then used yellow mm fondant for the stripe and also for the rims of the tires.

The tires were made from donuts, double donuts for the back tires, single for the front, and small sweet 16 donuts for the trailer tires. I placed toothpicks inside the donut and into the cake to hold them close to the cake.

For the trailer I used yellow fruit loop cereal straws which I put together using yellow buttercream icing. I then place toasted coconut covered marshmallows in the trailer to resemble hay. I also colored a bag of coconut green and then toasted it to be placed under the cake to make it appear to be driving on grass. I also make an orange safety triangle out of mm fondant which I placed on the back of the tractor and I made a small license plate which I placed on the back of the trailer.

To make the license plate, I Googled Myspace license plate generator and just selected the state I wanted it to be and typed in the birthday boy’s name and age and printed out the page that was on my screen. I then laminated it using clear packing tape and glued it to the wood part of the trailer.

It was a big hit at the party.

John Deere Tractor and Trailor Cake

John Deere Tractor and Trailor Cake

John Deere Tractor and Trailor Cake

11 thoughts on “Coolest John Deere Tractor and Trailer Cake”

  1. This is one of the coolest cakes I have seen yet!
    My son will be celebrating his golden birthday this may and I wanted to have a bigger than normal birthday party for him. He loves John Deere and the cake I made him last year was pretty lame.

    Is there any way you could send me step by step instructions and the recipe? He and the rest of my family/friends would love this!

    Thank you so much,


  2. I am getting all the things I need to make this cake for my grandson. I am stuck on where you got the guide to make the John Deere picture on the front of the cake.

  3. My son will be 3 this month and loves john Deere, so what a perfect cake! Any other suggestions from others who have tried this or something like it would be much appreciated. Thanks:)

  4. Hi I have been looking for a recipe for a cake like this. My son just loves playing with the John Deere Tractors. Is there any way you could send me the step by step on how to make this wonderful cake?


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  5. Hi, my son is turning 3 in July. Can you please send your step by step instructions on both tractor and trailer to cbhayes03[at] Awesome cake by the way! Thank you

  6. My son loves tractors so I was thrilled when I found your awesome cake online. Could you please send me step by step instructions. I would love to make this cake for his third birthday.

  7. My son is turning 3 in 2 weeks and he is a John Deere fanatic! His theme is going to be John Deere and I would love to make this cake for him! If you could send me step by step instructions I would GREATLY appreciate it! Thank you so much!


  8. hi i love this cake, my son is turning one and we have picked out a John Deere theme for the party i was wondering if maybe i could get the instructions on how to make this cake

  9. Wow, you’re cake is awesome. I would love to have some step by step instructions. My sister in law has asked me to make a tractor cake and if I could replicate this one she would be thrilled.

  10. This cake is awesome and I am going to attempt to make 2 for my sons birthdays in June. Can you please tell me what the dimensions are for the bases you use to set the cake on for the tractor and trailer?

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