John Deere Baby Shower
I recently had the pleasure of making a baby shower cake with a John Deere theme. This was not going to be a typical farm theme baby shower because the expectant couple is going to have a girl.
|Cake made by cakecentral member "ranbel"|
When the shower hostess contacted me about making the cake, she sent along a picture of a cake with the look they were going for. The picture was of a 2-tier cake with a small pink tractor, cart and baby on the top.
The shower hostess didn't need a cake this big and was working within a budget so I suggested they skip the tiered cake design (which adds $) and go for a 2-layer cake big enough for the servings they needed. We decided a 10-inch round would work.
Tractor Tutorial #1 and Tractor Tutorial #2.
The front wheels of the tractor are also cereal treats but the back wheels are mini-doughnuts covered in fondant. I covered the cart with fondant that I had imprinted with a wooden board mat and used an extruder gun to make hay. The tractor is surprisingly heavy and I had to put straws underneath it with a small piece of cardboard for support so that it would not sink into the cake.
I stressed a bit about how to make the baby. At first, I was going to purchase a mold but decided to try my hand at making one on my own. It turned out to be very simple since I only needed the head to show. The rest of the body is hidden under the pink fondant blanket. I thought it would be cute to make the baby look like it had been picked from the field.
Once I measured around my cake pan and subtracted a few inches for the gate, I used the Jessica Harris wax paper transfer method to get my fence rails on the cake. I learned this technique from the Craftsy class, "Clean and Simple Cake Design". The fence posts were imprinted with the same wood imprint mat I used for the cart. I decided to go with a more farm-look fence rather than the fence in the inspiration picture and finished it off with a swag of dainty flowers that ran from fence post to fence post.