My baby turned 4 this month (sniff, sniff), and for his party he wanted a big tractor cake. And, because he is obsessed with Disney’s Cars, he was really looking for some tractor tipping action at his party, too!
What’s a mom to do?
Since I made him a 3-dimensional car birthday cake 2 years ago, I was pretty sure I could make the big tractor cake. Making it tip? Yeah, not so much. But that’s where the cupcakes would come in….
How to make a tractor cake:
To make the cake, I used a regular box cake mix, baked in 2 loaf pans.
Once the cakes were cool, I put them in the freezer for a bit to make it easier to work with.
To put the tractor together, I used icing between the layers to “glue” them together. Then I finished icing the whole tractor.
Chocolate donuts made up the back wheels. I thought of using smaller donuts for the front, but since I was buying chocolate sandwich cookies already to do the cupcakes, I opted to go with those.
Don’t forget the tractor cupcakes!
If you plan on having kids at a party, cupcakes are a must! (They are just much easier than having to deal with cutting up a cake for a bunch of anxious little ones.)
So tipped tractors it was!
I started off by putting the cupcakes in the freezer for a bit, too. Then I sliced off just a bit of the cupcake’s side because I planned on using each cupcake on its side.
I used small candy bars from our Halloween stash (yes, we still have Halloween candy…) to make up the front of each tractor. Once the cupcakes were on their sides, I just cut a small square out of the new top of each cupcake to squish the candy bar in.
Then I iced the cupcakes and candy bars. Oreo sandwich cookies made up the back wheels, mini Oreos made up the front wheels. And for the little smoke stacks, I broke pretzel sticks in half. Of course, they HAD to have eyes! A little white decorator icing with a little chocolate ice cream sprinkle on it worked out for that.
We weren’t having a HUGE party, so I made 9 tractor cupcakes and put the rest of the un-iced cupcakes in the freezer to enjoy at a later date. (No one needs that much cake just laying around!)
Have your own tractor fan at home? We played a tractor tipping game — I’ll be sharing that later this week!
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