Last week it was Grayson’s 2nd birthday, which means New Year’s Day was spent making his cake. After sweetcorn, tractors are his favourite things, so I thought I’d make him a tractor cake. It might not be the neatest or most well-executed cake but the birthday boy certainly enjoyed it!
You will need:
- Square sponge cakes
- Chocolate buttercream icing
- Green food colouring
- Piping bag and star nozzle
- 150g milk chocolate
- Chocolate sprinkles
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
- Baking paper
- Piece of string
- Toy tractor and farm animals
1. Make your sponge cake and, once cooled, sandwich together with chocolate buttercream in-between each layer and on the sides and top of the cake.
2. To make the fences and trees, melt the chocolate and pour into a piping bag. Line baking sheets with baking paper and pipe trees and fences onto the paper. I made a few extra in case they broke. Pop in the fridge and leave to harden.
3. Make a batch of vanilla buttercream and divide it into two bowls. Add green food colouring to one and cocoa powder to the other. Scoop your green buttercream into a piping bag. Use your string to portion off a section of the cake and then pipe little stars to resemble grass. Remove the string.
4. Put the chocolate buttercream into a piping bag and pipe lines of buttercream over the remainder of the cake. Place the tractor at the end of one of the lines.
5. Finely grate the chocolate and sprinkle it over the rest of the field. Add chocolate sprinkles on top to resemble an unploughed field. Add the fence, trees and farm animals into the field.
~Laura xx ~