This is more of a procedure than a recipe. I posted in the group Looking For... that I needed a realistic picture of a John Deere Tractor for a birthday cake order. Lots of our great Ladies here helped me in my search and finally I found one I could use. Thanks to all of you. This is the finished cake & I hope little Bladen likes it. I listed this as taking 8 hrs to prepare - I can be a little slow...LOL
1After allowing the cake to cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, I removed it from the pan. When it was cooled completely. I frosted it with the buttercream.
2Add enough black food coloring to the Wilton's Chocolate Fudge Icing to achieve a black color for the tires.
3Divide the fondant in half. Save 1/2 for another use wrapped tightly & store in the fridge.
Divide the Wilton's Decorator Icing in half. Color half yellow & the remaining green. Add enough water or milk to make it a medium consistency.
4Take just a very small amount (1/4 cup) and color it red - for the lights and gas cap.
5Take 1/2 to color brown for the cab,top stacks and side panels.
6Use the rest to color kelly green for the body of the tractor.
7Have on hand 2 copies of the tractor. Use one of the pictures to cut apart the tires, cab and top stacks. Use the other copy as your reference guide.
8I rolled out the green fondant first and used the pattern I had cut from one of the copies of the tractor. Then press the fondant into the frosting.
9Follow the same procedure with the cab & top stacks with the brown fondant.
10Apply the red fondant cut-outs with just a drop of water to the green fondant of the tractor.
11Cut out the center of the tire that is yellow & place on the frosting. Use a toothpick to trace around for your guide to pipe in the yellow frosting. Then pipe the yellow frosting inside the circle you drew. I just used tip # 18.
12Put the larger part of the tire back on the frosting using your picture as a guide & mark the edge with a toothpick. Pipe the black frosting to cover inside the circle you drew and outside from the yellow rim. Place a small dot of black on the hub of the axle.
13Write whatever you want on the cake, I used tip #3 for my Birthday wishes.
14Pipe a bottom border using the green frosting, I used tip #86.
15Pipe the top border using the yellow frosting, I used tip #67.
16Enjoy !! It is very tedious and does take a steady hand - I hope you give it a try.