I made this Dueling Dragons Birthday Cake for my son's 4th birthday party. He's very into dragons, especially the movie "How to Train Your Dragon," so I tried to make the little dragon look like the Night Fury from the movie, battling a larger dragon.
The big dragon is a lemon cake with lemon/orange buttercream frosting, with strawberry spikes, marshmallow/chocolate-chip eyes, and candy eyebrows and nostrils. The little one is a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, raspberry spikes, and eyes made from green jelly bellies and mini chocolate M&Ms stuck on with a dab of icing.
I used jelly bellies for the claws, mini M&Ms for spots, and fruit roll-ups for the wings and fiery breath. I love the wild fruit roll-ups you can get now for the wings and the fire (I believe the flavors were called Tropical Tie-Dye and Cherry Orange Flame). I used seedless raspberry jam on both to stick the parts together before frosting the cakes.
It's very easy to put the dragons together. I made the chocolate dragon smaller by baking the two rounds in Pyrex bowls that were about half the size of the standard 9-in. cake pans used to make the larger lemon dragon.
My son loved his dragon cakes! (although he informed me that the chocolate one did not look like a Night Fury at all, since it should have been black with yellow eyes. Oh well! This was a lot of fun (kept me up waaaaay too late the night before the party) and got lots of ooos and ahhhs at the party.
I made this Dragon Birthday Cake Design for my son's 9th birthday party this weekend. He wasn't too sure about it, but loved the end result! I made it using the Funfetti cake mix at Walmart, and vanilla frosting. I used green food coloring drops to make the green color. For the decorations, I used fruit slices, malted balls, 1 large marshmallow, Spree candies, yogurt covered pretzels, and cinnamon graham crackers.
First I made the cake according to box directions using a Bundt pan. Then, mixed the food color and icing together until I reached the color I wanted. Next, after the cake is done and allowed to cool, cut the cake into the shape as directed on original recipe. After that, I arranged the cut shapes onto a platter and then proceeded to put icing on. Then, I placed the decorations as shown.
Lastly, I crushed some cinnamon graham crackers and placed around the dragon to look like sand. My son absolutely loved it and wants me to do it again next year! It wasn't as hard as it looked, actually pretty easy. The decorating was the hardest for me, I tend to over think things a lot!
The Friendly Dragon cake was made for a first birthday. His birthday is days away from Halloween. The cake is very similar to the dragon costume he would be wearing for Halloween.
The Friendly Dragon cake was made with a retro Wilton cake pan I found for $2. I added his wings by baking another 9 X 13 cake and then cutting it to shape. I also extended the tail using left overs from the 9 X 13 inch cake.
The cake itself is chocolate. The frosting is classic buttercream colored leaf green, emerald green, small black and white, royal purple, and golden yellow. This cake required 2 batches of buttercream. I used a 12 star tip to cover the cake. Then I went in with a medium circle tip and did the polka dots and other details. His teeth are marshmallows rolled flat and cut to form triangles. His claws are candy corn. I built up areas to give more definition around the eyes, shoulder, and upper leg.
NOTE: To achieve best color let frosting sit, covered, at room temp. for an hour. This allows the color to mature.