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Crop Crusader Cake


Delight future and present-day farmers with a Tractor Pan cake decorated with field-fresh icing colors.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 4 1/2 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 2 1/2 cups green (thin 1 1/4 cups with 1 Tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoon of light corn syrup)
Tint 3/4 cup Lemon Yellow/Golden Yellow combination
Tint 1/2 cup gray (add a small amount of black)
Make 3/4 cup chocolate buttercream icing, tint black.

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Ice sides and background areas smooth with thinned green icing.

Step 3

Use tip 3 and gray icing to pipe-in center of tires and hubcaps. Outline tractor, engine and front grill.

Step 4

Use tip 3 and yellow icing to pipe-in front grill and engine parts.

Step 5

Use tip 16 and yellow icing to cover tractor with stars.

Step 6

Use tip 3 and gray icing to pipe-in seat, headlights, exhaust pipe (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 7

Use tip 3 and black icing to pipe-in steering wheel.

Step 8

Use tip 21 and black icing to pipe swirl tires; add tip 21 black zigzag treads.

Step 9

Use tip 21 and green icing to pipe star bottom border.

Step 10

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.
 
Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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Crop Crusader Cake is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my first star tip cake I did. I have primarily worked with fondant when decorating cakes. I chose John Deere colors. It turned out really well. I was pleasantly surprised how well the outline showed up once I released the cake from the pan (I highly recommend using Wilton's Cake Release, LOVE that stuff). The most difficult part I found was making the seat smooth. Great pan, especially if you have a tractor/farm lover.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this for a birthday for someone who was retired from farming. I made it in red and everyone loved it and commented on how good it looked. It was a liitle tricky getting the smooth parts of the engine smooth, but the effect is worth the extra effort. Fun cake to do. I did have a little issue with it not coming out of the pan perfectly, so be sure you are careful in your pan prep.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for my son's 2nd birthday with a John Deere theme. He loved it, and all of my guests were impressed that I decorated the cake. I love to make chocolates with molds, and have recently been trying cake decorating. What fun, and really not too hard. It took a while for me to complete, but that is just because I am learning all the techniques. Great mold for beginners!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the quickest cakes I have decorated! Instead of using the star tip technique, however, I would put the icing on and then smooth it out with a Viva papertowel. To add more servings, I have attached a cart on the back with two wheels and then bales of hay or corn kernals stacked on top of the cart to form a pyramid. Super cute and super easy!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for my son's second birthday. I decorated the cake, and then used "Little People" animals around it, and an icing pond for the duck, and an icing mud pile for the pig to sit in. I put a chicken in an nest and added jelly beans as eggs. On the tractor, I put the "little people" farmer to ride the tractor. It was absolutely adorable.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was super easy to decorate. And it was such a cute design as well. The only thing I didn't like was the black zig zags over the spirals seemed to be too much icing. And I used the tubes or ready-made icing since making black can be a pain. It looked good but no one would want to eat that much black icing.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was eash to make. I love all Wilton's different cake pans. I made the tractor to look like a John Deer and added different size cupcakes around the bottom and covered them to look like grass. I also added a nice bright yellow sun on the cake board. I like to add things to give the cake some scenery.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake 2 years in a row for my sons birthday. The first year I made it green and yellow like John Deer and then the second year I made it yellow and black. He absolutely loved it. It was pretty easy to do.
Date published: 2010-12-03
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