My little girl wanted a Dora the Explorer cake so what does a mommy do, grant her wish of course! I made her the typical cake using the Dora the Explorer cake pan, but then covered the entire cake in fondant. I also used fondant to create the details. She loved it. She would have loved it regardless of what it looked like.
For her personal cake to dive into, I made Backpack, which was my favorite. I found a picture online, printed it out on cardstock to create my pattern. I placed it on the 9x13 cake (cut in half and then stacked on top of each other to create the desired height) and cut around the pattern. I then had to free hand the rest. Making the map was favorite. My daughter even pulled out the map and ate it by itself. I hope you enjoy it. Being only my third cake that I have ever made, it has some mistakes, but we all need something to learn from. Enjoy.
This Dora Cake Idea is a birthday cake I did for a close friend's daughter's 2nd birthday (Dora mad). It was just a chocolate sponge cake base. I drew the pic of Dora onto a a3 sized piece of paper then cut her out. Placed her on top of the cake and pinned her to it. With another pin I traced around the outside of Dora very lightly.
Now for the time consuming part of pin pricking the design through the paper onto the cake. Once finished take the piece of paper off the cake and your left with a dot to dot picture to create. When you have finished joining the dots its time to prepare they butter icing and colour it black to pipe the design you have just drawn. Then its just a matter of using icing to colour her in. I fully piped this cake as I think it gives it a great look.
This Dora Cake Idea is a fourth birthday cake - only the top two layers are cake, the bottom is a Styrofoam form - we simply didn't need that much cake!
The cakes are covered in fondant with the details and figures made from fondant a couple of weeks in advance (I used cocktail sticks to wire them together, hence they look a bit stiff!) I piped on some grass to tidy up the edges.
My niece is a HUGE fan of Map and asked me to make her a Dora Pal Map Birthday Cake. So I traced an enlarged picture of Map onto a flexible plastic cutting board.
After icing a 13 x 9 rainbow chip cake with purple icing I used a toothpick to trace around my home made stencil. I then went over the outline with black icing and filled in the spaces with buttercream icing.