I like Ace of Cakes and wanted to make something nice for my brother's fifteenth birthday. This was my first ever shaped cake. My brother and mom have a thing for dragons, so I looked at a couple of the dragon cakes on this site and took it from there to make my own Homemade Dragon Birthday Cake Design. I used a store-bought chocolate cake. I shaped the body to look like a curled dragon, using stacked rectangular cakes.
The leftover pieces were the perfect size to start the tail and form the head. I rounded a leftover piece for the bottom of the head, and there was a square piece that I turned to raise the eyes and brow. I used leftover edge pieces for the paws and leftover large pieces for the hind leg. I used a marshmallow fondant recipe found online (melted marshmallows and powdered sugar - produces pastel colors but tastes better than real fondant) and colored it green.
I covered the entire cake in buttercream (store bought) because it smooths the fondant covering and lifts any inconveniently shaped corners. I rolled the fondant out and draped it over the cake. Trimmed the edges with a pizza cutter. Shaped the diamond of the tail and the wings and spines from more fondant. Used red icing (store bought) to outline the dragon to cover over imperfections and used it for detail and decoration. I smeared it to create shading in the wings. The shiny spheres were just rolled until shiny. When the fondant tore, I used a drop of water to soften the fondant around it and melt the torn edges together.
My neighbor asked me to make her son a Dragon Birthday Cake for his birthday. I took up cake making a year ago as a hobby and had never done a dragon cake before, but I love a challenge and said yes. After checking out several dragon cakes online, We (my neighbor was my helper) came up with a design.
I used 4 sheet cakes. 3 layers for the body and then cut up the last cake to make the neck and head. For filling, I took some butter cream and threw in some crushed Oreos. After stacking the cakes, we slowly cut the cake down until it was the shape we wanted. Take your time on this part and only take a little away at a time. I did a crumb coat in green butter cream and then covered the body in fondant circles layered to look like scales (figured it would be easier than trying to smooth out a solid sheet of fondant). The tail is entirely fondant. The wings are fruit roll ups on skewers.
The rocks around the dragon are tootsie rolls (regular and vanilla ones) that we nuked for a few seconds in the microwave and then rolled into balls. Then I piped some green butter cream grass in between the rocks.
Total time from start to finish was about 8 hours. Four hours to make the cake, butter cream and fondant. Four hours to assemble.