I made this Dora the Explorer cake for a friend's daughter who is a huge Dora fan. It was for her 4th birthday party.
Never having made a cake like this before, I used a black line picture from a colouring in book to copy. I resized it to fit a large slab cake (which was a firm butter cake) on the photo copier. Then I traced it onto baking paper and cut out the different shapes. I then coloured fondant icing ready to roll out to make the different parts.
To make the cake taste better and the help the fondant icing stay in place, I covered it all in butter cream icing first. Then I rolled out a large piece of aqua coloured fondant to cover the whole cake to get a smooth surface to work on.
After that I layered the pieces I had coloured and cut out on in the right order to 'build' the face, sticking them down with a little sugar syrup. (Tip - when making dark colours like Dora's hair which require a large amount of colout to be worked into the fondant, the fondant becomes very soft and hard to work with. That is why the hair is a little funny. I should have put it into the fridge to firm it up before trying to pick up the piece and move it onto the cake.)
Lastly, I stuck on black skittles (lollies)for the eyes and yellow skittles for the bracelet.
I think it was a hit! This was my first attempt at this style and it was quite easy so I would encourage others to give it a go.
I made this Dora the Explorer cake for my daughter's 4th birthday. My daughter and son had a Dora and Diego birthday party.
I started by getting a pattern of Dora and enlarged it. I then used it like a stencil and cut her face out of the cake. I did all the details by hand. Here hair was brown frosting; her skin was brown Wilton's icing color mixed with white frosting.
I made this Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday. She LOVES Dora the Explorer. My inspiration came from another cake on this website.
For Dora's dress I used Wilton Wonder cake kit. It took 2 boxes of cake mix. I dyed white frosting pink and blue then decorated Dora's dress using Wilton tip # 104. I used two 8" round cakes and placed Dora on top. Then decorated with green frosting that I also dyed.
I made this Dora the Explorer cake for my niece Emily's 3rd birthday, and she wouldn't let anyone cut her Dora cake.
I made 4 butter cake mixes in a 14inx10in tin. I got a pic of Dora and used this for the template and cut the shape out. Covered it with a crumb coat butter icing. I used flesh coloured fondant for the face, and black for the hair. Put a small coloured bow on the hair.
This Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake is a cake that I made for my friend's daughter's birthday! She absolutely LOVES Dora the Explorer. It's a basic white, base cake and then I used the Dora shaped cake pan for Dora, which was strawberry flavored, and put that on top. That way Dora looked 3D!
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