My two year old loves Dora so that seemed like a great idea for a party. I searched this site for just the perfect cake and found several I loved. I decided to do a Dora scene birthday cake. I took ideas from several cakes I saw here and created this.
The base is a 16 inch square white cake (single layer). I iced it in green homemade butter cream. I used a grass tip and made several tufts of grass around the cake and added candy flowers (found them at the candy store and thought they’d look great). Dora’s house is made from rice crispy treats and covered with golden yellow butter cream. I used orange and blue “airheads” candy that I softened in the microwave for a few seconds to make the door and window trim. The roof tiles are mini orange slices. I added butter cream accents for the vines and placed small candy flowers on the house. Crocodile Lake is made from clear piping gel (purchased at the cake decorating shop) that I colored blue.
The crocodile is made from fondant (my mother made it, yea Mom!). The Grumpy Old Troll’s bridge was made from pirouline cookies. I drilled holes in each cookie and threaded green licorice strings through and tied a knot to hold them in place. The Grumpy Old Troll was made of fondant (again yea Mom!). The Dora, Boots and Swiper figures were all toys.
It was a lot of work, but my daughter loved it. The kids at the party even ate the house!
My son was really into Dora, so I wanted to make a Dora-themed cake that wasn't too "girly" for his 3rd birthday. Since he loves the whole Dora Map concept, I decided to try and make a homemade Dora map cake showing Dora and her friends how to get to Logan's birthday party.
I started with baking an extra large sheet cake and frosted the top with green icing for the grass. For "crocodile lake," I made a big jello jiggler and set 2 plastic crocodiles into the jiggler just as it was starting to harden. I then cut out a part of the cake so the jiggler would sit right down into the cake.
The volcano was just some cake mix baked in my glass Pyrex measuring cup and decorated with chocolate and red frosting. The presents, representing "Logan's birthday party," were 3 cake cubes I cut from a separate cake I baked and then decorated each one with different colors of frosting and bows. I then placed one candle in each present.
The trail is crushed graham crackers and the sides of the homemade Dora map cake are decorated with M&Ms, another one of my son's favorites! For final touches, I added some plastic trees and a Dora and Swiper figurine, and drew the Map in the corner. My son loved the cake and knew exactly how Dora had to go in order to get to his birthday party. As long as my son was happy with it, I was happy with it, too!