This Homemade Chinese Dragon Birthday Cake was for my son's 9th birthday. For the body I baked 2 large bundt cakes, one chocolate and one white. They were cut in half and arranged into a serpentine shape. For the head and legs I made a white cake in a loaf pan and shaped while frozen. Due to schedule constraints I had to bake and shape this cake 3 weeks in advance so in order to keep it as fresh as possible, the whole cake was covered in chocolate ganache, wrapped several times in plastic wrap and frozen. I felt that the ganache would hold up better and be an easier medium to work with for placing scales on top of.
The scales were made of MMF, cut out individually. Each day or every other day I would take the cake from the freezer and start placing the scales. It took a week (approximately 2 hours per day) to cut and place all of the scales. The hair, teeth and claws were made from colored tootsie rolls and I sprinkled the cake with disco dust, which cannot really be seen in the picture. It was a ton of work but my son loved it, and to top it off, when it was time to cut into it, it was as moist as a freshly baked cake and tasted great!
My son wanted a double headed dragon cake for his party, so here it is. I couldn't find one online so I had him draw what he wanted it to look like and had to go by that.
I made a 13x9 and 2 9in rounds. Cut one round in half and placed side by side standing for the body. I cut out all of the other pieces and laid them down. After I frosted it I decorated it. The wings are fruit roll ups wrapped around skewers and I cut a few pieces from the fruit roll ups for the winged effect, tongues are fruit by foot with a triangle cut out on the tip, spikes are chocolate graham crackers cut in half, toe nails are candy corn, snouts are a little piece of cake and then a chocolate chip, eyeballs are frosting and chocolate chips.
I used a piping bag for the frosting since there were so many tiny spots to go into. Plus, dragons skin isn't nice and smooth so it really helped to make it look more rough.
It took me about 3 hours total...that's including baking time. So not too bad. Thanks for looking.
My son collects dragons and even though he turned 26, I was determined to make a dragon cake. This cake is the product of a lot of research and plain old good luck!
The body of the cake is homemade chocolate cake baked in a round pan, cooled completely, then cut in half and iced together to form the body. The head, neck, tail and feet were made from molded home made rice krispie treats and the legs were made of Twinkies (cut up to make the correct sizes).
The rice krispie head gave me some problems, so I ended up using slightly melted marshmallows to form the face. Iced entire cake with buttercream icing then covered the entire in fondant. I then created the spikes on his tail, horns and wings out of gum paste. All details were colored in with paint brushes.
I stayed up until 5:30 AM making this cake for him (which also consisted of a middle of the night trip to WalMart to get ideas for the face! It was a true labor of love and well worth it to see the look on his face!