This Dora Cake Idea also features in the coolest Dora parties write up. I am so proud if this cake, I couldn't bring myself to cut it up, I had to get someone else to do it!!
For my little girl's 2nd birthday, we went all out, we decked our house out as a Dora adventure party, so I needed a cake to match. Firstly I baked two round marble cakes, one smaller than the other for the bottom layers. The top layer is a rectangular butter cake slightly rounded to form Tico's car.
I made a big batch of green buttercream and iced each layer with it, even under the premade icing (for flavour, especially if the kids picked off the sugar icing).
The bottom layer is striped alternate purple, pink and orange (it was supposed to be heaps darker but I know now that food colouring doesn't hold very well, I should've used food paste...) with a few diamond shapes for decorative appeal.
The middle layer is green 'grass' (buttercream), separated with spearmint leaves. The top layer, my favourite, is Tico's car!! It is shaped and decorated with premade icing, with pink smarties for the lights, mint slice Bikkies as the wheels, and I even made a personalized DORA number plate!
I used the Dora bathtime doll inside it and added other characters on the lower layers and a funky candle and Walla!!
I made a Dora Ice Cream Birthday Cake with two layers of chocolate cake and one layer of chocolate chip ice cream. I frosted the first layer with cool whip. Then I used butter cream icing to decorate Dora's face! I made two 9 X 13 cakes using Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake. I used just enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.
Basically made 5 cupcakes and 1 9 X 13 cake per box of cake. After the cakes were made, I wrapped them in aluminum foil and froze overnight. I molded the chocolate chip ice cream in the 9X13 pan and froze for 5 hours. I then put the ice cream in the middle of the two layers of cake and made the cake as even as possible. Froze the ice cream cake for 2-5 hours. Frosted the cake with cool whip as my first layer of frosting - though butter cream frosting would work just fine too, and I think I will do that next time because cool whip melts quickly! Then I allowed the cake to freeze overnight or five hours is the recommendation.
I frosted an outline of Dora's face, then put the ice cream back in the freezer, then I frosted her hair, back in freezer, then I frosted her face and tongue and froze for 5 hours before celebrating!
My granddaughter Faith is crazy about Dora the Explorer. The theme for her 2nd birthday was a Dora Luau swim party so we made her a Dora Luau Beach Birthday Cake.
The 1/2 sheet cake consisted of 1 layer of chocolate cake (2 boxed cake mixes), raspberry filling (2 cans of cake/pie filling) and 1 layer of french vanilla cake (2 boxed cake mixes). The cake was frosted with homemade buttercream frosting.
The water was made using 1/2 of the icing and coloring with blue food coloring. To make the waves, I used sparkle blue icing gel (Michaels) and "tapped" the gel with a spatula to make the waves.
The sandy beach was made with instant hot cocoa mix and granulated sugar. The Tiki Hut was made with Pirouette cookies and the roof was a rice krispie treat rolled out with a rolling pin. The tiki torches were Oreo cookie straws with a birthday candle stuck inside (this was also the candles she blew out to make her wish).
The fish in the water I used Swedish fish and the seashells were made with gumpaste. I found the characters at Toys R Us, Ebay and the Party Store.
This was my first of what I hope will be many birthday cakes to make.
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