My daughter watches Dora all the time, so what better way to celebrate her 2nd birthday than to have a Backpack and Map Birthday Cake. I made two 13x9 cakes, I used one as the base and the other (placing it on top of the base) I cut out in the shape of Backpack from a coloring page I printed off. I used two containers of icing in total.
Half I colored light purple and iced the Backpack (not map) and then I darkened the purple to do the shading. I then used only about a couple of tablespoons of icing (l t. yellow) to color map. What's left I darkened that up to do the eyebrows of Backpack, after I used a toothpick to lightly draw out the face in the icing. I used a baggie to decorate the features (mouth, eyes, pupils, inside of map and eyebrows) and on all the colors I only used about a tablespoon of icing.
I then used black to outline everything. The hardest was the map, it took a little while and a little clean up but if you follow a picture or like me a coloring page it will look fine. Wheewww, the hardest part is done now its time to pick a color and decorate the base with the remaining icing.
My daughter LOVES Dora the Explorer but I didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for one from a grocery store bakery and I'm pretty inventive so this Homemade Dora's Backpack Birthday Cake Design is what I came up with.
I made 2 rectangle layers then cut them to shape after freezing them. for the backpack flap at the top, the map pocket and the star pocket on the side I made another really thin layer of rectangle cake to cut the shapes needed.
The map was a little more of an improvisation. I used an empty paper towel roll. i rolled up paper and inserted it into the top and bottom of the paper towel roll.
After piecing it all together I used frosting to cover it all. I used cake decorating bags for some and some tubes of frosting you can buy at the store for some as well.
The cake looks shiny because I froze it after it was frosted then took it out and used a spatula that I kept running under hot water to smooth out the lines. It looks cool but it did make the color of the frosting change the next day. Not sure but I'm thinking it's because of the moisture on the spatula.
I baked a regular 9" x 13" cake and trimmed along the top, sides and bottom corners to get the curved Backpack shape. I used two of those extra cake pieces, iced together into a rectangle, to form Map. I propped the Map piece up a little to give him a 3D effect, and held him in place with toothpicks.
To ice, I just flat iced the main cake with tinted buttercream and piped the remaining icing on in the appropriate colors, using accent icing for the details like the black on the eyes, and the trim. The entire cake was on a large cutting board covered in tinfoil. I used remaining white icing to form the 'word bubble' spread onto the tinfoil, and then used a combination of store-bought candy letters and icing to finish Backpack's birthday wishes.
Tip: Use a toothpick to outline on the icing where you want to draw the character's features, such as the eyes and mouth. If you look carefully, you can see where I outlined Map's eyebrows but forgot to fill them in!
I made this Homemade Backpack and Map Birthday Cake for Kaitlyn.
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