I make character birthday cakes for children's birthday parties and someone asked for a Dorothy the Dino and, well, this is what I came up with.
The design of the cake is a handdrawn picture which I take to the copy shop and blow up to the size I want on some nice thick cardboard and then I cut it out to use as a stencil to get the shape I need, I do this if Wilton does not have a character cake tin available.
I used a chocolate mud cake recipe mix which is very moist and delicious, I bought this at a wholesaler in town, an alternative to this would be the Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake which is a very close second to this mud cake mix or any other Betty Crocker Cake mix or any mix you like really. You can either have a two layer of one layer cake depending on how much cake you like with a filling of your'e choice in the middle of course.
I use buttercream icing as butter give a better end result with icing gels than margarine. Remember that the longer the cake sits the deeper the colour of the icing become. For best colour results use either chefmaster colouring gels or wilton colouring gels.
Our daughter was mad on Dorothy (a Wiggles Character) so a homemade Dorothy the Dinosaur cake was made for her 2nd birthday. I made 2 square chocolate cakes and joined them together with some jam. I had a picture of Dorothy from a wiggles book and blew it up using a photo copier and cut it out. I then laid it on the cake and cut it to the shape you see.
I then made heaps of green butter icing (way too much! I had enough left to make a green cake for my niece also) and covered the cake. The outline was soft liquorice rolled into 'snakes'. This actually took ages and I'd probably cut up strap liquorice next time, although the roundness of it did look good. The hat and gloves were cut from rolled out fondant icing. My sister made the rose from a 'roll-up' (sweet fruity sheets) and the yellow dots are piped on royal icing.
Everyone loved this homemade Dorothy the Dinosaur cake!
The Dorothy the Dinosaur cake was a butter cake packet mix x 2. I used the Wilton tin for Barney and downloaded a picture of Dorothy from The Wiggles website, enlarged it, traced it onto baking paper and used it as a guide.
Dorothy's teeth were a bit tricky, I think you need to make sure they aren't too big or too many. It took around 3 hours to ice this cake, it was a bit rough in spots but as it was summer and I had to keep putting the the buttercream icing in the fridge to cool down as piping, it got sloppy quickly. The late night paid off and my 2 year old daughter loved it!
I made this Dorothy The Dinosaur Birthday Cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday, she's absolutely obsessed with all things Wiggles and especially loves Dorothy The Dinosaur.
I made 2 square cakes, and then using a picture I enlarged of Dorothy as a stencil I cut out the shape of her head, and used butter icing to put them together and iced the whole cake. I used black gel icing that I purchased in a tube to do the outline, giant yellow wine gums for her spots, and for her eyes black lollies, and fake roses in her hat.
My daughter was delighted to see her Dorothy cake and everyone one at the party loved it.
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