My son wanted a Red Dragon 5th Birthday Cake. I decided to make it myself but it took my whole day.
I prepared chocolate sponge cake batter for 30 persons with 8 eggs and divide the batter into two 24 cm and a 18 cm round pans. I let the cakes stay a couple of hours in the refrigerator after they cooled down on a wire rack. Meanwhile I prepared ganache with 500 grams of bitter chocolate and 500 grams of heavy cream.
I cut one of 24 cm cake and the 18 cm cake into two and fold the pieces back to back to make the body. I cut out the tail, the head and the feet out of the other 24 cm cake. I cut many layers and filled with ganache and covered the figure with the remaining ganache. I refrigerated the figure before decorating for a while.
It required 2 kilograms of fondant to cover and decorate the cake. The weather was too hot, the fondant melted and gave me a lot trouble when I was making the details like horns and teeth. So I suggest to work in a cool kitchen when using fondant.
Eventually my son was amazed and all the children liked the cake. The taste was also good.
Well, to find the perfect cake to make for your daughter, she was adamant she wanted a Halloween party so I thought to do a purple Wizards and Dragons Cake would keep it girly and would be a challenge. Well it turned out quite well.
The cake I made from Tinkies, put several in a row to make the body of the dragon which was then iced with butter icing coloured purple. The dragon's head, feet and tail where made of plastic icing as well the wizard. To keep it all together used toothpicks so that your character does not fall over.
To add a bit of sparkle I used silver dust and cut out stars with a cookie cutter and painted with edible silver paint. Well the kids loved it! and the party was a hit. Inspiration came from books where I took a wizard cake and a dragon cake and put the two together. I thought it was a good combination.
Be careful to get the colours right when mixing butter icing and then to get the plastic icing the same colour, can be challenging but at the end of the day the kids loved it anyway, nothing was left!
I made this red dragon cake for my son's fourth birthday. It is a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and tasted better than it looked.
The cake is made out of two round 9 inch cakes, and is cut in half for the body and in shapes for the legs and head. This cake was made with a rice crispy tail (flavored with cocoa power), gum paste wings and spikes, candy toes and fondant eyebrows and nose.
The same fondant is covering the frosting for the finished product, and the frosting is colored for the eyes and smaller spikes. The hardest part was shaping the wings; they dried very quickly and looked crusty. The cake was airbrushed with the last red color, using a can of airbrush coloring from the craft store. Another thing we did was wrap aluminum foil around butter knives giving the kids the opportunity to “slay” the dragon themselves.
The eyes can be adapted for people who feel this cake is scary to be more cartoonish or even using marshmallows like many other dragon cakes. Some of the process photos can be seen here: http://ashprojects.blogspot.com/2008/07/dragon-cake-finished.html