My son requested a dragon cake for his birthday this year. I looked at the other dragon cakes on this site for inspiration and then made a small play-doh model as a guide.
The bottom was a large rectangular chocolate cake. I cut the rectangle into a rough outline of the bottom layer of the dragon. I also made a round white cake and cut it in half. I stacked the halves vertically against each other to make the hump of the dragon back. I used pieces left over from the rectangle base for the tail and to elevate parts of the head and back legs.
I made brown sugar butter-cream to layer the cake with and to cover it all over. My husband made a simple marshmallow fondant which I rolled out and placed as a single sheet over the entire dragon. It did rip in a couple of places which I had to patch, but it wasn't too difficult with leftover fondant and a bit of water. I also used the fondant to sculpt the horns, eyes and eyebrows, claws and back scales.
I made the mistake of putting tin foil under the cake which ripped when I was trimming the fondant and then stuck to the bottom of the cake so we had to be careful when serving it. I will not use tin foil again. Finally I painted the cake with a paintbrush and some diluted food color.
I made this Dragon Cake for my son's 4th birthday, and it got rave reviews! After all the work, it was sad to have to carve him up, but he was sooo yummy!
For this dragon cake, I started by baking a chocolate bundt. After it had cooled, I stuck it in the freezer to make it easier to carve. When it was reasonably stiff, I cut it in half, then cut one of the halves in half. The largest piece is the body, the two smaller pieces are the head and tail.
I glued the pieces down onto the tray with frosting, and secured them together with bamboo skewers. I carved the tail down to a point, and rounded the edges off the head piece. Next I glued mini donut halves onto the head for the eyes and secured two more donuts onto the front of the head for the snout. Then I frosted the whole thing with home-made chocolate frosting and smoothed it out with a knife dipped in warm water.
When the frosting was dry, I sprayed it with green food paint. When that was dry, I added M&Ms for eyes and nostrils and piped on the scales with green sparkly food gel; stuck sprinkles on for the teeth and pupils, and used fruit roll ups for the fire and wings, which are built with bamboo skewers and toothpicks.
This Dragon Birthday Cake came from pure imagination. My son wanted a a blue dragon for his five year birthday party. My sister and I got to work on creating a fantastical dragon cake. We basically just cooked cake mix in a various sized bowls/pans that seemed to suit body shapes and started cutting and piecing together using royal icing as glue.
It really was like a sculpture and looked really terrible before icing, it was just a lot of crazy mounds! But it worked. Once we iced it with buttercream icing we cut a whole bunch of gum drop slivers to use as "scales" on his body. This was super time consuming, if you have kitchen sheers they are the best to achieve this affect with gum drops.
We dyed fondant and shaped his spine scales, eyes, teeth, horns, claws, etc. I made his "wings" out of wire and tissue paper.
The cake was a hit and we had so much fun making it. Especially because we had absolutely no idea how it was going to turn out!