I made this Boots Birthday Cake for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday party. She is a big Dora the Explorer fan. I used three boxed cake mixes and 5 containers of whipped vanilla frosting which I tinted using the Wilton paste colorings which produce a nice deep color. I made a 13 x 9 inch cake for the base that Boots is sitting on.
I used a Pyrex bowl for Boots' body and the Wilton Sportsball pan to make the head. After making the cakes and letting them cool completely, I assembled the pieces using frosting between the layers and I covered the cake with a thin crumb coat of icing. I covered the cake with plastic wrap and left in the refrigerator over night. This makes the pieces hold together better and it is much easier to frost the cake.
I used a picture of Boots that I had downloaded to make the face using rolled fondant which I had colored with paste coloring. I attached the fondant face to the head with frosting, but added a couple of toothpicks to ensure that it stayed in place. The eyes were made from fondant and then outlined with black gel icing. The nose was also made from fondant. These were "glued" on with a little frosting. The mouth was drawn on with the black gel icing as well. The arms, ears, boots, hands and tufts on the top of the head were fashioned from Rice Krispies treats and attached using toothpicks. I frosted the cake and all of the Rice Krispies parts with the different colored frostings.
Boots (and the frosted Rice Krispies treats) was a big hit with the kids and the grownups.
I used the normal Dora Wilton cake pan, but I transformed Dora into a Princess. I made another small cake, cut it into two triangles to make the dress nice and wide at the bottom. I used a Dora Princess party bag as my model for this Princess. The same Princess was on the invitations, the party hats, the table cloth, the napkins, the plates, etc. I also decided, just for fun, to make the inside of the cake into a rainbow!
So I colored the cake mixture into six bright colors, and poured them in on top of each other, cooking to make the psychedelic-looking rainbow cake. I cut a party hat in half, and put the icing straight onto it to create Dora's Princess hat. After a lot of squeezing, my cake came out beautiful!! I added some little eyelashes to make her look more Princess-y.
Hope you like the Princess Dora Cake! OH, I still have to add a little yellow earring to that ear of hers!
My daughter loves Boots the monkey from the Dora the Explorer show. And for her 2nd birthday she wanted a Boots the Monkey Birthday Cake. So I went on line and could not find a Boots cake pan. Then I came across a monkey cake pan and got the idea to switch the colors and make it Boots. I make this cake twice in a week for her two parties (big family). They cake turned out great one was devil's food and the other yellow.
The frosting was a buttercream frosting. I used sky blue, lemon yellow, red, black and pink to tint the icing. I used the #19, #18, and #4 decorating tips on the cake. The cake was frosted first in white icing. I made cookies for the hat and balloons. The process went quick and I found it easy to follow the pattern on the cake.