I made this Dragon birthday cake for my son's 4th birthday party. He had a dragon theme so I went with a Puff the Magic Dragon cake.
The cake is a 3 layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream which I carved into the shape of the dragon's body. The neck and tail are molded rice crispy treats. The body, neck and tail were covered in fondant. The head and details and figure of my son are molded fondant. The wings are gumpaste. The dragon is on a beach of crushed graham cracker because Puff “lived by the sea.”
My son suggested that the boy and dragon should be eating cake so I made a small chocolate cake covered in yellow fondant with a dragon bite out of it and a piece in the boy's hand.
This Dragon Birthday Cake was for my son's first birthday, he's not into much yet, so Mommy got to pick the theme! So, yeah, I used store-bought cake mix and frosting. But I added some vanilla and cinnamon and it tasted great!
The dragon and tendrils were made a week before so they could dry. The dragon is made with half gum paste and half fondant. I just sculpted him free hand and smoothed out the cracks with water. He's got a smattering of pearlized green on his back, too. His little smoke tendrils are fondant worms I rolled around a toothpick to dry.
The blocks in the castle walls are rolled fondant that I marbled with black food coloring, in a couple phases, the day of. The door is, unfortunately, not edible. It's plastic. I guess that counts as a cheating in somebody's book. Not mine.
To make this homemade dragon cake I first off made 2 round wheat free cakes. I then cut one in half for the main body then used the second cake cut in to seven pieces to form tail, feet, and head.
I then iced with royal icing. I cut triangles and wing shapes (with a cocktail stick wrapped in the icing) in a different colour icing and left to harden while I gave the dragon eyes, facial expression, feet and fire all made from icing. I used icing to (glue) the back spikes on and stuck on the wings.
Lastly, I gave my dragon loads of chocolate gold coins as its horde.