My granddaughter loves the Dora & Boots DVD’s and asked me to bake her a Dora & Boots birthday cake for her 5th birthday party. Long before the time I searched the internet for suitable images of both of them until I found two nice ones. Then I enlarged them on a photocopy machine to the size of my oven tray and cut the pictures out.

I used two packets of cake mix and baked the cake in a large rectangular oven tray. Then I mixed the butter icing using icing sugar, white margarine and different gel food coloring: electric green, egg yellow, chocolate brown, electric pink, electric purple, electric orange, copper (flesh tone), electric blue, rose pink, burgundy, super red and super black. I made 13 bowls with 13 different color butter icing before I started to ice the cake. The first day I only iced the top of the cake with green butter icing and the sides of the cake with yellow butter icing smoothing it with a blunt knife.

The next morning I started with the two images. I placed the two pictures on top of the cake where I wanted them to be and used a toothpick to trace around the edges of the pictures. Afterwards I started to ice them in the correct colors using different star tips. That was very hard word! After every color, I had to wash the icing utensils and the icing took me hours. Finished with that I decorated the edges of the cake in orange also using a star tip. At last I stuck 5 funny shaped candles in different colors above Boots’ head. I also stuck orange star fun sprinkles on the top decorations and wrote her name on the front side using a tweezer to stick golden balls into the icing. Then I also stuck golden balls on Dora’s bracelet to finish it off.

My back ached very much after the time but when my grandchildren came home after school, their delighted faces and appreciative comments made all my efforts worthwhile. The next day at her birthday party all her friends were also thrilled with the cake and they enjoyed it very much.