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Coolest Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake 92

by Tiffany
(Wisconsin)

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

This is my homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday cake.

I baked two square white cakes for the bottom. I then baked two round cakes for the top. I shaped and frosted each cake and assembled them. I then let them refrigerate for about an hour each. I tinted and rolled the fondant and then added it to my chilled cakes.

I applied the Dora Logo and the premade Dora for the top. All of the decorations were handmade and hand-tinted using gum paste. I only glanced at a printed photo of Dora before cutting each shape out of my tinted gum paste. Ideally, Dora would have been standing up, but the gum paste started to crack so I decided to lay her flat.

For the border between the top and bottom cakes, I took two balls of my tinted fondant, made them into snake shapes and laid them next to each other. I then twisted the fondant, holding it by both ends, and came up with a colorful twirly border.

It was not the best I've done, but my niece, and even my grandma, loved it.

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Coolest Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake 28

by Kerin F.
(Brentwood, TN)

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

I made this Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake for my daughter Ava's 2nd birthday. Dora the Explorer is her favorite character and I wanted to do something special for her that she would remember.

This was a 2 tier chocolate cake with homemade cannoli filling. I used nine and 6 inch pans. I did the whole cake in fondant. I prepared the cake and filling the evening before in order to ensure the filling was set and the cakes completely cool. This also made leveling the cakes much easier.

Though this was my first attempt at fondant, I was very happy with the results, although I do suggest you enlist the help of some family members. The fondant can be tough to soften and is time consuming especially if you make several colors as I did. I used all Wilton products including pans,cake leveler, colorings, cookie cutters, piping bags, decorator icing, fondant smoother and mat as well as cake board and foil covering. I also purchased the cake topper.

I loved this cake but most important so did my little explorer.

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little girls
by: jesse

My daughter is two soon and I'm using your great
design. thank you.

Thanks
by: Anonymous

My daughter is turning 2 and I will be using this design - her name is Ava too - thanks for the inspirations!

so cute!
by: Carly

Same here! This is a really creative design and so cute!! my 2 year old Dora fan will love this too!

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Coolest Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake 40

by Chitra
(North Brunswick, NJ, USA)

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake
Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake
Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake
Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Hope you all enjoy the pictures of the Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake that I made from scratch including the marshmallow fondant covering for a lovely 2 year old girl. The cake is a yellow cake with pineapple and is filled and covered with chocolate ganache. I also made the marshmallow fondant at home to cover the cake so that it is edible. The store bought fondant tastes so bad that even kids don't like to eat it.

All the figures were made 2 or 3 weeks in advance out of the Wilton store bought fondant. The first one that I made was Boots and map, so Boots fell apart the day before the cake was to be delivered. So don't make them too far ahead, that's what I think or maybe there was something wrong in the way I made it.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Coolest Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake 93

by Sarah T.
(Kansas City MO)

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Homemade Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

I made this Dora the Explorer cake for a client. I made 12 cupcakes and a 6" cake.

The cupcakes and cake were a chocolate cake mix. The icing was a C&H Sugar buttercream recipe. I tinted the icing in pink and yellow. I made stars with faces out of MM fondant for the cupcake toppers.

I made the tiny stars, DORA, and Dora's face out of fondant also. I took a picture of her face, that I had printed off the computer, and cut it out of fondant with an exacto knife. I then pieced it all together and let it dry overnight. I piped the icing on the cupcakes using tip#12. I crumb frosted the cake, finished icing it and piped the bead boarder.

 Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

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