My son loved his John Deere tractor cake and thought it was a toy at first!
From two frozen cake loaves I carved out the shape of a tractor body. I filled the layers with butter cream then did a crumb coat all over and then a final thick coat of butter cream. I did this all a week ahead and stored in the freezer to save time. I also made marshmallow fondant ahead of time in green, yellow, and black.
I made rice krispie treats, making sure to pat them down pretty hard in the pan so they would be sturdy. Let cool completely and then cut out 2 big wheels and 2 smaller wheels. Carve out a well in the center of wheel. Cover with black fondant and then yellow in the center.
Let the cake come to room temperature then cover with green fondant.
Cut a long rectangle strip of black fondant and wrap around the upper part of the cake for the windows. To stick fondant to fondant use a small amount of water and a paint brush as “glue”.
Cut small strips of green fondant and outline the windows.
Cut triangles out of yellow fondant and with a food pen I wrote John Deere. I also used a food pen to draw the John Deere symbol on the front of the tractor.
Putting it together
I spread a layer of icing onto a plate and then covered with crushed chocolate gram crackers as “dirt”. This also helped the small table to sit sturdy on the plate.
I attached the wheels with tooth picks and done!