When the theme of your party requires a tractor cake, you may be at a loss as to how to create one. Tractor-shaped pans are not commonly found in stores and can even be difficult to find on the Internet. But there are some simple methods to create delicious tractor cakes appropriate for nearly any occasion.
3-D Tractor Cake
A three-dimensional tractor cake pan is useful for creating a tractor cake but may be difficult to find. Fortunately, a similar effect can be achieved with two standard-size loaf pans. Mix up one box of any flavour cake mix according to the package directions. Divide the batter between two well-greased loaf pans, and bake at 176 degrees C. Cakes baked in loaf pans will usually take longer to cook than those baked in standard round or square cake pans due to the thickness of the cake. Start checking the cake after 30 minutes, and then by 5- to 10-minute intervals until done, by inserting a clean knife or skewer into the centre of the cake. The skewer will come out clean when the cake is done. Allow the cakes to cool before removing them from the loaf pans.
Set one loaf on a serving platter. Cut the other loaf in half and sandwich the two halves together with buttercream frosting to create a tall cake. Set the tall cake at one end of the full loaf on the serving platter. The taller portion of the cake represents the cab of the tractor. Frost the entire cake with buttercream frosting tinted to the desired colour with food colouring. Then apply assorted candies and additional frosting to add detail to the cake. Tractor wheels can be created with mini chocolate doughnuts or round chocolate covered snack cakes such as Ring Dings or Ding Dongs.
Toy Tractor Cake
One alternative to forming cake into the shape of a tractor is to create a farm scene using toys on a simple round cake. This method requires one box of cake mix prepared according to the package directions. Divide the cake mix between two well-greased 8-inch round pans and bake at 176 degrees Cor approximately 30 minutes. When the cakes are cool, remove them from the pans and set one layer onto a serving platter or cake board.
Apply a thick layer of frosting to the top of the bottom cake, and place the second cake on top of the frosting. You will need chocolate frosting and green-tinted frosting for the rest of the cake. Frost 1/2 to 3/4 of the top of the cake with chocolate frosting. Frost the remaining top and sides of the cake with the green frosting. Drag a large fork across the chocolate frosting to create the appearance of ploughed rows in a field. Place a clean or new toy tractor gently into the chocolate frosting on the cake. The rest of the cake can be decorated with small toy figures to represent the farmer or various farm animals.