I had a friend come to me and ask if I could do her daughter’s birthday cake after the cake shop she had gone to told her the day before the party they could not fill her order. This came about as she had seen a cake that I made my son and was sure I’d be able to pull it off, so away I went in designing and baking this Dora cake, which believe me was a challenge at such short notice and knowing this young girl had rather an obsession with Dora so it would have to be spot on or she would be the first to point it out. So all this work was done in one night ready for the party the nest morning and this is the finished result.
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I made it by baking a large rectangle choc cake then shaping it to the picture we had chosen. Crumb coated the cake with a vanilla icing and then covering it with pink fondant. I colored a few balls of fondant in the colors needed, rolling them nice and thin, then cutting the shapes needed almost like a stencil and sticking them to the pink fondant and using a little food coloring painted on to enhance the features.
The young girl and her mum loved the Dora cake, so did all the guests and as a result of making this cake I now am the “go to mum” for all the birthday cakes in town and have even had a few wedding cake orders.
I don’t charge people over the top prices as I love making them and seeing the looks on the peoples faces when they see the finished cake, most of the time it’s a big smile and an even bigger thank-you, especially from the children I make them for.
Coolest Dora Scene Cake for a 3-Year Old Girl
I had never made a scene cake before and the idea was intriguing. After looking at many photos of scene cakes, I decided that I wanted Dora to have an adventure. I baked 2 sheet cakes and 2 very small round cakes (all chocolate). As luck would have it, the larger of the two rounds rose up out of the pan and burst in the middle, which ended up being the perfect look for a volcano (I had initially wanted a mountain).
Two days before, using gum paste (with Wilton Gum Tex) I made 2 sizes of flowers, leaves, butterflies, a bear, rocks, stars and a duck. I inserted toothpicks into the base of the stars because gum paste dries very hard and cannot be modified. These were left to dry. Unfortunately the pan fell down and the petals off the large flowers broke but that turned out to be okay as I had no place to put the large flowers anyway and only used the small ones.
I covered a length of cardboard (cut from the side of a large box) with foil. I cut a piece off one of the sheet cakes to use to make one end of the cake higher for the waterfall. I placed the 2 sheet cakes side by side (lengthwise) and placed the piece that I had cut off at one end. I iced the entire thing in green for grass. The smaller of the round cakes became Dora’s skirt (cut out the middle and place the doll inside) and the other was the volcano. After icing Dora’s skirt on, I used the petals the broke off from the large flowers to decorate the bottom of the skirt.
I then added the lake and waterfall and river (using my hands mainly). The duck was placed on the lake and I outlined the edge of the lake with chocolate-covered raisins. Some white icing became foam at the bottom of the waterfall and I placed grass along the edge of the lake and river. The small flowers were placed at intervals in the grass.
Brown sugar made a path from Dora to the bridge, which was made of wafer biscuits, and then from the bridge to the base of the volcano. At the base, I placed the rocks and in the rocks was the bear (only the head as he was too big to put the whole thing).
Long pretzel rods were the palm tree trunks and I used artificial leaves off some flowers as the palm leaves (I made gum paste leaves but had no way to secure them to the tree trunks). Some grass around the tree trunks and a few grass ‘bushes’ finished the forest nicely. I iced faces on the stars and then placed them around the forest and river along with some butterflies.
I then iced the lava on the volcano (worst looking part of the cake if you ask me) and wrote Happy Birthday Hannah on the edge of the cardboard along with 2 stars piped with the numeral 3 on them. From the mixing of the gum paste to completion took 4 days and the cake ended up to be 23″ x 15″, but it was worth it. It was the highlight of the table and I think the adults were more fascinated by the Dora cake than the children.
Dreamy Dora Ballerina Cake
I let my grandchildren choose their birthday cake theme. At first my granddaughter wanted a ballerina cake because she had just started ballet class. Then she changed her mind as 4 year old’s often do. She decided on a Dora cake…so I made Dora a ballerina. I also made Boots and Swiper ballerinas. The “boys” were none too happy about that but my granddaughter thought it was funny!
I start about 2 weeks ahead of the party with baking and freezing cakes, making icing and fondant. I especially do that for this granddaughter because she and her brother celebrate their birthdays together. The double party is a killer for the cake maker…AKA Mimi…me! My daughter tells me not to get carried away but I can’t help myself.
I started with a 9” double layer cake. I’m not very good at smoothing decorator icing but I found a trick online. I get it as smooth as I can then let it dry until it is dry enough not to stick to a paper towel. I place a paper towel with no design (I think it is Viva brand) on the cake and use a fondant smoother to smooth the icing. It’s not perfect but good enough for me. Dora, Boots and Swiper are made of fondant as are the stars. Dora has rice krispie treat for the base of her body and head.
For her legs and arms I covered ¼” dowel rods with fondant. I sharpen one end of the dowel with a pencil sharpener so I can stick it easily into the rice krispie treat body. I had a dowel going from her head to the bottom of the cake. She lived on a dowel rod in a lidded thermal glass (in the straw hole) for several days. For small parts that have to be attached I use toothpicks or bamboo skewers. Swiper’s tail has a dowel rod holding it in place because it was very heavy. He also has a dowel through his body into the cake. Boots is also anchored to the cake with dowels in his legs.
I added the butterflies and rhinestone trim for a little bling. Dora looks a lot like Doc McStuffins that I made for her last year. There was a “cake-tastrophy” last year both before and on the way to the party (3 hours away) so I didn’t put the figures on the cake until we arrived at the party this year. The cakes I make for my grandchildren are a labor of love!
Coolest Diego and Dora Cake for 4 Year Old Twins
This Diego and Dora cake for my twin sons’ 4th birthday was a huge project. I knew that making Dora and Diego would be extremely time consuming so I decided to use little toy figures for them. Since they weren’t going to be edible, I wanted the rest of the cake to be really special.
I knew I wanted to make an outdoor scene since that is where Dora and Diego spend all their time. I came across a waterfall cake and I knew that is what I wanted to make. I spent hours planning this cake and searching the internet for the perfect toy figures. A few weeks before the party I did a test run of the cake to see if I really could pull off a waterfall. It actually worked! Here is how I made the cake:
The base of the cake is two vanilla cake layers with a cookies and cream filling and green butter cream frosting. The mountain is three small round chocolate cakes (two layers each) stacked on top of each other with cookies and cream filling and green butter cream frosting. The mountain was then covered with fondant on the waterfall area and crushed chocolate and regular graham crackers on the rest of the mountain. Then I created the waterfall using blue sparkle writing gel. It took 3 tubes of gel to make the waterfall and the pond.
The surrounding area was covered in green butter cream grass. I made rocks and a crocodile out of fondant. The palm trees were made from cookies for the trunk and fondant cut with leaf cookie cutters and then pressed with a fork. They were put together with toothpicks. Adding Dora, Diego, and Boots floating in the pond was the final step.
The Diego and Dora cake was a big hit and my twins absolutely loved it!
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