My daughter is a huge Dora the Explorer fan. For her 2nd birthday I knew we would have a Dora theme and a Dora Cake. I went to several grocery stores to see about getting a Dora cake. I didn't like any of the ones I had found so I decided to turn to the internet for ideas.
I found this site and saw several really great Dora cakes and thought maybe I'd try my hand at it. I bought the Dora shaped cake pan at a local craft store and the other necessary tools.
I used 1 white cake mix for the Dora shaped cake and 3 chocolate cake mixes for the sheet cake. After I let the cakes cool I made a very large batch of buttercream icing which consisted of butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.
I mixed the colors according to the Dora cake directions. I first outlined Dora with black and brown and filled in with the colors specified. It reminded me of a color by numbers book.
When I finished Dora I then iced the sheet cake with a color I had chosen and added the colors I had left to make it pop. I then placed the Dora shaped cake on the sheet cake and used black icing to write Happy Birthday and my daughter's name. I finished it off with a #2 candle.
This was my first attempt and it was so much fun. It was also easier than I had originally thought. I will definately be making cakes for all the birthdays to come. It is cheaper, tastes better and it's fun!
My daughter is crazy about Dora the Explorer, so I decided that I would make her a Dora cake. I used chocolate cake with strawberries and pineapple. I used pudding for the filling. Strawberry frosting to cover the cake & white/pink icings for the design. The cake overall took me a 1 hour and 40 minutes to due. This includes baking the cakes and designing them.
I made the cake using a recipe that I found online. I recommend that you make a cake that is thick. Thickness will help when cutting the center of the cake. You need to cut the center of the cake to place the doll (Dora) inside the cake. A doll of this size can usually be found at walmart, k-mart, or a local store. You can also use a cake topper.
When choosing a doll, think about the size of cake you want to make and how large you want the cake to be. For my cake, I knew that I had to at least feed about 30+ people and I wanted there to be some left over. My doll was between 5-8inches. My cake was about 10 pounds and was about the size of a large microwave pizza.
I made this Dora cake using a store-bought cake mix and one carton of chocolate frosting and another of vanilla. I used regular food coloring to tint everything, or just mixed small portions of the chocolate and vanilla frosting.
I used the template from the Nick Jr. website and it proved to be easier than I thought.