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
After 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.
Add enough black food coloring to the Wilton's Chocolate Fudge Icing to achieve a black color for the tires.
Divide 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.
Take just a very small amount (1/4 cup) and color it red - for the lights and gas cap.
Take 1/2 to color brown for the cab,top stacks and side panels.
Use the rest to color kelly green for the body of the tractor.
Have 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.
I 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.
Follow the same procedure with the cab & top stacks with the brown fondant.
Apply the red fondant cut-outs with just a drop of water to the green fondant of the tractor.
Cut 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.
Put 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.
Write whatever you want on the cake, I used tip #3 for my Birthday wishes.
Pipe a bottom border using the green frosting, I used tip #86.
Pipe the top border using the yellow frosting, I used tip #67.
Enjoy !! It is very tedious and does take a steady hand - I hope you give it a try.