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Coolest Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake 99

by Eugene A.
(Perth, Western Australia)

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

All that my daughter wanted for her 3rd birthday was a homemade Dora the Explorer birthday cake. I purchased a sponge slab from a local shop and decided to decorate it for her. I copied a picture of Dora from a colouring book, and traced it onto baking paper. I purchased plastic icing to cover the cake. To get 'lilac' for the background, I played around mixing red & blue food colouring. This was kneaded into the icing very sparingly, as you can always add more, but not remove once you've added.

After icing was placed over cake (spreading jam over cake to help icing stick) I then transferred the outline of design on cake using a sharp knife over the baking paper. Dora's hair was decorated with MILK CHOCOLATE FROSTING. I used the back of bread knife to 'comb' the hair. Her face was decorated with CARAMEL TOP 'n FILL. Her t-shirt was pink food colouring, and to get the white for the eyes, I made up icing with egg white.

I put Smarties on each eye and used a black decorating gel pen for the outline (purchased from a craft shop). Overall I was very happy, my birthday girl was over the moon, and everyone was impressed. Just very labour intensive mixing the plastic icing colour and kneading it through, ensuring it does not dry out. I had a girlfriend help me with that part, which was fantastic.

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Coolest Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake 27

by Janis
(Calgary)

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

This was a Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake I made for my daughter's 1st birthday. I used 2 8" layer cakes for the base and 4" round cake for the balloon basket. I cut a 2" round hole in the 4" layer of the cake to make it look more like a basket although it made icing more difficult and next time I think I would just leave it a solid piece.

The icing is all butter cream ( recipe on wilton.com) and food dyes from Wilton. I used a basket weave pattern (technique found on Wilton website) for the basket. I found the figurines at the local toy store. Fisher Price made some in a tube bought in 2006.

The flowers, vines,leaves, and grass were all piped buttercream and the different required tips techniques were all found on the web (most at wilton.com) and I just practiced them on parchment until I was confident enough to do it on the cake.

The balloon was held up with a bamboo skewer which I placed into the cake to provide stability. I used 2 pieces of string around the balloon and 4 vertical and tied them to some plastic crafting needles (I found in the knitting/cross stitch section at Micheals)and stuck them into the 4" cake.

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LOVE IT
by: Frances

Love your balloon idea. And the cake looks awesome. I might even try it for my niece's birthday in September.

Looks Great!!
by: Joni

Loved your idea-great looking cake. I might try to make a balloon on my sister's baby shower cake!

awesome cake... where did you get the balloon?
by: Anonymous

Your Dora cake is beautiful! I wanted to know where you found the round balloon though.

love your balloon cake!
by: Sheryll

Hi! I wanted to do this cake with my daughter's 3rd bday this January. Just want to ask where did you get the Dora toppers?

love the ballon cake
by: Sherry

I would like to make this for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday, which is the 23th of this month. Where did you get the Dora cake toppers.


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Coolest Dora The Explorer Birthday Cake 22

by Linda S.
(VA)

Homemade Dora The Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora The Explorer Birthday Cake

My sister-in-law made this cake for my daughter's third birthday. My daughter is a huge Dora fan and this was her third year using the Dora theme. The first two years we just had store bought cakes but, this year she wanted to make a special Dora the Explorer birthday cake for Samantha.

She used a sheet cake for the bottom and a cake made in a Pyrex bowl for the mountain. All of the icing is homemade butter cream colored with food coloring. She also made all the flowers. The area with the block with the band characters and flowers has a marshmallow under the flowers to put the candles in. The path is made out of graham cracker crumbs.

The trees, Boots, Swiper, Rainbow, and the band block all come from a Duplo block set. Dora is from my daughter's first cake and Diego is a bath toy! The party favors come from the Ponyville set.

Samantha just lit up when she saw the cake. We are now planning her party for this year and she still wants a little Dora cake even though this year she is having a My Little Pony party!

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