This Tractor birthday cake was only the second “creative cake” I had ever made. I think it is my favorite, not only from the reaction it got from my son, but also because I came up with the idea only by watching my son play with a wooden tractor that his Grandpa had made for him. Our son Logan, who was turning two, was obsessed with “mow-mows,” which was any kind of tractor or lawn mower. I knew that we had to have a “mow-mow” themed party complete with a cool mow-mow cake! So, I looked at that homemade tractor and thought, “I could do that!”
Sketching the Tractor Birthday Cake
I started sketching out how many loaf cakes I would need to bake and what kind of cuts I was going to make to piece together the tractor. I asked my husband if he would be able to make a platform to rest the cakes on, so we could fit doughnut wheels underneath the tractor and so he did. My son is also a strawberry fanatic, so what better to place in the wagon but a load of fresh strawberries? I crushed graham crackers and placed them on the ground to look like a field. Next, I placed some stray strawberries around on the ground as well. I used two spiral candles for the smokestacks and one more for a hitch between the tractor and the wagon.
My son was taking a nap while I was decorating. When he woke up and walked out to the table, he saw the cake and shouted “mow-mow!” It may have only been the second cake I had ever created, but it was worth all the time and planning when I saw the excitement on his face and heard his reaction! I was so proud to have made his birthday even more special. My father-in-law was also thrilled to see how the wooden toy tractor he had made was transformed into a different work of art!
Carving the Cake
I started by sketching on a piece of paper how I was going to cut the loaf cakes to fit them together. Then I carefully carved each piece with a small knife.
Building the Tractor
I carefully placed the loaf cakes together on the platform to form the shape of the tractor. I also cut the wagon loaf to give it a flat top. And I carved out the center in order to have room for the strawberries.
Once the tractor and wagon were in place, I added chocolate covered donuts (two different sizes) underneath for the wheels. I used to larger donuts for the back wheels and smaller ones for the front wheels and the wagon wheels.
I covered the outside of the wagon in chocolate frosting and frosted the tractor green with a star tip. I left the “seat” as is, in order make a brown seat. Then, I piped on some white details such as the engine and the wheel rims. I also placed an orange “slow-moving vehicle” triangle on the back. I added yellow M&Ms on the front for headlights (another one of my son’s favorite treats!) and placedan Oreo cookie on a toothpick for the steering wheel. Next, I put a plastic toy farmer on the seat to drive the tractor. Two spiral candles were used as the smokestacks (since my son was turning 2) and used an additional spiral candle as a hitch between the tractor and the wagon.
Finishing Touches on the Tractor Birthday Cake
To top everything off, I sprinkled crushed graham crackers on the ground for the strawberry field. Then I placed stray strawberries around the cake and piled the rest of the strawberries in the wagon. On the top of the wagon, I piped “Happy 2nd Birthday Logan”
Tractor Birthday Cake Reaction
Present the finished masterpiece to your little one and watch his smile light up the room!