I made this homemade Dora birthday cake for my daughter Sophia, for her 2nd birthday. She was into Dora, and I really wanted to include the map so I came up with this idea.
I started with (2) 12 cake rounds for the bottom and (2) 8 cake round for the top then filled the layers with cream and fruit. I used buttercream frosting with Wilton food coloring to get the different colors of frosting for cake and borders.
I made marshmallow fondant and made the flowers and map from that. Using a little food color, I got the colors I wanted for these things. I bought a flower press from Michaels cake section to make the flowers, which is really easy to use. The map was made by rolling out some fondant and ripping the edges of it to make it look older, then rolling up the edges so it had a map-like appearance. Then I let it dry out a little so it wouldn't pull and stretch too much.
I then took a paintbrush and used a small amount of water and food coloring to paint the edges and trail on the map. I also did the same with her name. The Dora toys were from a set we had laying around the house, so I just used them to top the cake. Everyone loved this homemade Dora birthday cake, and it was a big hit!
This is the second cake I've decorated and learned some things along the way. I made the cakes- yellow cake and buttercream icing both from the Wilton website. My daughter adores Dora so we used to the toy twins she already had and then found a Dora from the top of a bubble bath bottle. We got the design idea from this website- a submission that was much more complicated with three tiers so we simplified it to our liking. I put on a thin layer to seal in the crumbs and let that firm up overnight. I loved the colors on the cake- bright and vivid. The clouds were easy to pipe on and the rainbows are pretty straightforward. I had an issue of bulging on one side of the cake and so strategically placed a butterfly there! This cake was a three layer and probably would stick to two layers in the future. I had bought a black tube of glossy icing for the letters and thought I'd use this for the wings on the bugs. Turns out it gets runny when applying to the side of a cake, so I wouldn't do that again. The bottom detail was a simple loop design which seems to be the easiest trim for me. It was a whole afternoon to get the decorating done but the 'ooohhhs and awwws' from her friends made it worth it.
I made this Dora Birthday Cake for my goddaughter's birthday. I used the Dora shape cake pan. I used a knife and then cut the top part of legs off and outlined a tail in its place (the cut is at a downward angle).
The Dora shape cake was placed on top of a full sheet cake. I also used the Dora icing colors. The sheet cake was color blue to look like the ocean water and a jellyfish on top of the sheet cake.
I started experimenting with cakes, and my daughter asked me to make her a Dora Birthday Cake for her 4th Birthday. I decided to give it a try. I was very proud of the result! Even more important, so was she!
I traced Dora onto the cake from an image printed from the nickelodeon site, then filled her in with homemade buttercream and chocolate frosting.