How to Make a Cake Look Like a Tractor

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Farmers, young children and even an outdoorsy lady will all adore a carved tractor cake for their birthday or special event. While you may choose to purchase a carved tractor cake from a bakery at a big expense, they are relatively easy to make and are a whole lot of fun to decorate.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2 Loaf Pans
  • 2 Pound Cake Mixes
  • 0.454kg. Marshmallow Fondant
  • Icing Coloring
  • Royal Icing
  • 4 Chocolate Doughnuts
  • 1 Cereal Straw
  • Chocolate or Nilla Wafers
  • Serrated Knife

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    The Back of the Tractor

  1. 1

    Bake two pound cakes in loaf pans and allow them to sit on a wire rack to cool. Pop them in the refrigerator after they have cooled awhile so they are nice and cold when you carve them.

  2. 2

    Using a serrated knife, take one of the cakes and level it off so the top is flat. Take the levelled-off cake and cut it vertically directly down the centre so you have two halves.

  3. 3

    Lay one half down on the cake base so that the inside of the cake is facing up. Ice the area with royal icing, then place the other half of the cake directly on top. You will have what looks like a square sitting on the cake base.

  4. 4

    Allow the cake to sit and move over to the fondant. Remove a small piece (roughly the size of your hand) of the fondant and set it aside. Colour the fondant by splashing icing colouring onto the fondant and kneading the fondant as you would dough. Remember less is more, and you can always add more colouring if you want a darker colour, so start with only a few drops of icing colouring.

  5. 5

    Once you have an acceptable colour, cut the fondant in half and place it aside. Take the royal icing and spread it over the cake, completely covering the area.

  6. 6

    Take half of the fondant and roll it out so it's roughly 1/4-inch thick. Take the rolled-out fondant and place it gently over the cake. Cut off excess fondant from the bottom.

    Creating the Second Cake and Decorating

  1. 1

    Take the second cake out of the refrigerator and place it in front of the first cake so that the back of the second cake touches the front of the first cake.

  2. 2

    Spread royal icing over the second cake and lay the fondant over it as you did with the first cake, following the same measurement and rolling procedures.

  3. 3

    Take the doughnuts and place them up against the tractor. Spread royal icing on the back to secure them to the tractor. There should be one on either side of both cakes, so you will need four doughnuts in total.

  4. 4

    Take a small piece of the leftover, uncolored frosting and roll it into balls, then stick them into the centre of the doughnuts to create "rims."

  5. 5

    Take more of the leftover frosting and cut two small, flat circles and place them onto the cake to create headlights. You may decide to create a grill as well by cutting small, thin pieces of fondant and securing them to the cake using a bit of royal icing.

  6. 6

    Take a vanilla wafer and ice it. Place it onto the second cake to create the bottom of the seat. Take a second vanilla wafer and crack it in half. Ice the portion where the wafer cracked and place it behind the first wafer to create the back of the seat.

  7. 7

    Place the cereal straw into the cake at an angle to create the steering wheel shaft. You can use a piece of leftover fondant or another wafer to create the wheel. Continue decorating as you see fit.

Tips and warnings

  • When not using fondant, place it in the refrigerator if the room is humid or hot. Hot weather will make the fondant sticky and unmanageable.

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