Tractors are popular among young boys and grown men alike, and John Deere is a well-known and trusted brand. It is not uncommon for a boy to ask for a John Deere-themed birthday party or for anyone to want to surprise a grown man with a similar party featuring the tractor brand. However, purchasing a John Deere cake can be expensive. You can make your own cake that resembles general themes of a John Deere tractor for little money, even if you can not decorate like a pro.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Aluminium foil
- 2 Boxes cake mix
- 2 Tubs of plain white icing
- 3 Bowls
- Gel food colouring in yellow, brown and green
- Pastry bag
- Star-shaped pastry tip
Purchase a piece of plywood that is 14 inches by 38 inches. This will be the base for your cake. Either paint the board green to match John Deere tractors or cover it with aluminium foil. If you choose to paint it, allow it to dry completely before you use it.
Bake your cakes. For even baking, bake each cake separately and use the centre rack in your oven.
After cooling your cakes for about 10 minutes, turn them out onto your wooden board. Allow the cakes to cool completely before decorating.
Divide one tub of packaged white icing into two bowls. Add yellow gel food colouring to one bowl. Mix until you obtain the shade that resembles the yellow on a John Deere tractor. Add brown gel food colouring to the other bowl and mix. Add green gel food colouring to a second tub of packaged white icing and mix until it resembles the same shade of green on a John Deere tractor.
Connect the two cakes by applying a layer of brown icing between the two cakes. Ice the top of one of the cakes with the brown icing. Ice the top of the other cake with the green icing. Use a spatula or icing knife to obtain a smooth layer of icing. Ice the sides of the cake with the green icing.
Fill a pastry bag with the yellow icing. You can also use a plastic zip-top baggie with a corner cut off. Pipe a band of yellow icing around the top edge of the cakes and a second band of yellow icing around the bottom edge of the cakes. Pipe a birthday message on the green cake.
Place some of the green icing into a second pastry bag or zip-top baggie with a star-shaped tip. Pipe plants in rows on the brown cake.
Place a toy John Deere tractor on the cake so it looks as though it is going through a field.
Tips and warnings
- Add additional details to the cake such as plastic farm animals, silos or feeding troughs.
- Traditional liquid food colouring can change the consistency of your icing depending on how much you use.
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