Well...let me specify that last statement. I'm really happy with the way Alex responded to his cake. :) He was SO excited for it and kept taking peeks at in while it was in the fridge.
Anyway, here's the process, step by step.
I started with a small sheet cake and a 6 in. round cake. I didn't have enough green or yellow fondant to do a solid color on the sheet cake so I thought of doing the stripes. Nothing says "John Deere" like yellow and green! Of course, you can't put on the fondant until you put on a layer of butter cream icing.
Then I went at the 6 inch cake with a bread knife. I wanted to cut down the sides to make it look more like a big hill or "mountain" instead of a perfect circle. On that, I put chunks of brown fondant on the side to give it a really earthy, dirty look. Green fondant topped it off to make the grass where the dum-dum suckers grow. :)
I used the alphabet and numbers cookie cutters we had to cut out the words "Alex is 4".
On top of the mountain, I also placed the candy around the bottom of the suckers.
When it was done, I placed it in the fridge, and enjoyed snacking on the scraps of fondant left over. Yum.
And there you have it. Lots of fondant, a few toys, some candy, and a 4 year old's idea for a cake is all you need to make your own. ;)