John Deere Tractor Cake



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

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8 Hr
35 Min


9 x 13 baked yellow cake
2 1/2 c
a good buttercream frosting
batch of marshmallow fondant
1 can(s)
wilton chocolate fudge frosting
batch of wilton's decorators icing
1/2 c
chocolate cookie crumbs
food coloring (gel)

How to Make John Deere Tractor Cake


  • 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.

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About John Deere Tractor Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Other Tag: For Kids