How to make a tractor cake topper

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Today I’d like to share with you how to make a Tractor Cake Topper.  This easy cake topper is perfect for farm/barn themed cakes and can be changed as needed to match your party decor!

For my cake, I made a little red tractor that will sit on a blue and green cake.  You can change up the colors as needed.

How to Make a Tractor Cake Topper Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:
Blue, red, black, white and yellow fondant  (white not pictured)
Sharp knife
Small rolling pin
Tylose
Small round cookie cutters
Tylose Glue or Water & a Paint brush
Small Wire
Ball Tool

Step 1:
Dust your work surface with Tylose powder.  I chose to work on an upside down 8″ pan because that’s the size cake I was putting the tractor on and I wanted to be sure to make it the proper size.

Take a ball of blue fondant and cut/shape it into a “base” for the tractor.  You want it slightly smaller than the tractor you plan to make.  I used blue because I initially planned to put the tractor on blue fondant (I ended up putting it on green but it wasn’t very noticeable).  Use whatever color you’d like to match the cake!
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Step 2:
Take a large, smooth red ball of fondant and cut it into the body of the tractor.  It should be a rectangular solid slightly wider and longer than the base you created.  Attach it to the base with a bit of water or sugar glue.
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Using a sharp knife will give you really sharp corners and smooth surfaces.

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Step 3:
For the cab of the tractor, you need to take a smaller red ball of fondant and cut it like a square on all sides except the front – it needs to be slanted for the windshield area.
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Step 4:
Attach it to the body of the tractor with water or sugar glue.  Be sure to put the slanted side facing front.
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Step 5:
Roll out some black fondant and use a small round cutter to to cut out the tires. You want them tall enough so that about half of the tire is on the red fondant.
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Step 6:
Glue them to the sides of the tractor with water or sugar glue.
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Step 7:
To make an exhaust pipe, roll out a small rope of fondant and cut it to about 1″ long.
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Step 8:
Use a ball tool to make a slight indention on the top for the “hole” in the pipe.
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Step 9:
Slide the pipe onto a short floral wire long enough to secure it to the tractor.
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Step 10:
Attach it to the hood of the tractor on one side or the other.
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Step 11:
Roll out white fondant and cut out the window shapes.
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Step 12:
Mix a small amount of black with white to make gray fondant.  Roll it out and cut a square to make the grill of the tractor.  Use a gum paste tool or knife to make the line details.  Attach these details to the tractor with water or sugar glue.
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Step 13:
Roll out a tiny amount of yellow fondant and cut out very small circles for the center of the tires.
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Step 14:
Attach the round circles to the center of the tires with sugar glue, then use the ball tool to made indentions.
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Step 15: 
Allow the tractor to dry overnight before placing it on the cake.  It can be secured there with sugar glue!
Little Red Tractor Cake Topper

I used the same methods to make a small hay trailer for my tractor then attached the whole thing to a farm themed cake.
Tractor Cake Topper Top Tier

Happy Caking!

Rose

Rose
I'm Rose and I blog over at Rose Bakes. I'm baker, cake decorator, wife, and homeschooling mommy to 6 wonderful children! My love of cakes started at the age of 13, I started a business in 2009 then my blog was born in 2012! It's how I to share my love of cakes and help others along the way!
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Comments

  1. YY says

    Hi, Louise,
    I hv a question, what if I need to make Sth bigger in size? It’d be quite heavy if we use fondant, should we use foam block inside, then cover by fondant?

    Thx!
    YY

    • says

      I’d actually recommend rice cereal treats over foam – simply because I like edible decorations and the fondant would stick to it better. However, foam would work!

  2. suzanne says

    Really appreciate the simplicity of your tutorial, even I can do that one.. and I will. Thank you for sharing x

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