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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.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Blue, red, black, white and yellow fondant (white not pictured)
Small rolling pin
Small round cookie cutters
Tylose Glue or Water & a Paint brush
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!
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.
Using a sharp knife will give you really sharp corners and smooth surfaces.
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.
Attach it to the body of the tractor with water or sugar glue. Be sure to put the slanted side facing front.
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.
Glue them to the sides of the tractor with water or sugar glue.
To make an exhaust pipe, roll out a small rope of fondant and cut it to about 1″ long.
Use a ball tool to make a slight indention on the top for the “hole” in the pipe.
Slide the pipe onto a short floral wire long enough to secure it to the tractor.
Attach it to the hood of the tractor on one side or the other.
Roll out white fondant and cut out the window shapes.
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.
Roll out a tiny amount of yellow fondant and cut out very small circles for the center of the tires.
Attach the round circles to the center of the tires with sugar glue, then use the ball tool to made indentions.
Allow the tractor to dry overnight before placing it on the cake. It can be secured there with sugar glue!
I used the same methods to make a small hay trailer for my tractor then attached the whole thing to a farm themed cake.