I made this Dora the Explorer cake for my daughter, Julia, on her 2nd birthday. My sister also helped in the frosting of the cake. I baked a 9 x 13 cake and shaped it with a template from Nickjr.com. As I cut it I marked the eyes and hairline with tooth picks so that I would have a guide when frosting it (this helped tremendously).
I use Wilton's Dora the Explorer Icing Colors. The pack comes with four different gels to mix with frosting (red, brown, pink and skin tone). I frosted the face 1st and then piped the hair with chocolate frosting using a zip lock bag with the tip cut off.
I outlined the face/hairline with the chocolate and then filled in the hair. For the eyes I used chocolate covered cookies and stuck an M&M on with a dab of white frosting and then a spot of white frosting on the eye. I then piped white frosting around the corners and outlined that with chocolate frosting.
The nose was also piped chocolate frosting and the mouth was a piece of fruit roll up cut to shape. The cow lick were two pretzel sticks covered in chocolate. I also made 2 small circle shaped cakes and decorated them in yellow and pink. I put candy letters on one that said, "Happy Birthday Julia" and a #2 candle on the other. I also attached long curled ribbons to each cake so they looked like balloons.
Everyone loved how the cakes came out and it almost pained me to cut into it.
My daughter loves Dora and wanted to have her on her cake. I could not find a pan so I decided to make my own from a picture in one of my daughter's Dora books.
I made the entire Dora The Explorer Cake from one box of yellow cake mix. One 9 inch round made up Dora's face. I found that the unfrosted bottom of the yellow cake was a dead ringer for the color of her face. The other round I then cut exactly in half.
Then, I laid the bottom of the cake pan on the flat edge of the half round just enough so that I could cut an arc from one tip of the flat side down to about 2/3 down the flat side. This was to make sure the hair piece would fit exactly with the head piece. I did the same with the other half round.
I then lined up both halve on either side of her head and just used the store-bought frosting for her hair color. I then used some decoration frosting tubes to make the facial features.
It turned out great and only took me about an hour after baking and cooling the rounds. Might have been even better had I squared off the ends of her hair.
I made this cake for my 3 year old daughter's Dora themed party. I used a Wilton shaped cake pan (the tin came with full instructions for decorating), a banana cake recipe, and then totally winged it with the colouring of the buttercream icing as I didn't have the "Dora" colour set. I knew I was taking on a big job before I started decorating this cake, but the hours (about 4 and a half, including making and colouring all of the icing)spent on it, and the aching hand after all that piping were totally worth it when I saw the look on the birthday girl's face after the cake was revealed! I am not a professional cake maker or decorator, but this was not my first time decorating such an involved design, so while it wasn't a surprise to me that it took so long to complete, a first time decorator could find it quite daunting. Oh, and not only did it look great, but it tasted awesome too! I used some tips and tricks from the Wilton website to get everything just right, and recommend it as a good resource when working with buttercream icing.