I made a momma and a baby dragon cake and I entered them as a whole unit for a cake competition in April, winning a blue and best use of color award. I was thrilled with the baby, so that is why I am sharing him.
Baby Dragon Cake Assembly Instructions
- I used chocolate modeling clay and fondant to build the baby.
- The body is one piece and not several pieces hooked together.
- I mixed 1/2 fondant and 1/2 chocolate clay so I could not only cover the cake, but pull in the tail and cover the legs all in one covering with one piece, creating a neat effect with the legs as well as the tail.
- For the nails and horns I used chocolate clay to get the effect I was looking for.
- You can see in the last picture that I also added on gelatin wings.
The head is separate and added on making this cake two pieces instead of seven.
Coolest Smaug the Dragon Cake
My kids’ birthdays are just 12 days apart, so when we have a birthday party, it’s always a joint party. This year the kids chose the dragon, Smaug, for their joint cake. I baked three graduated rounds of lemon coconut cake. I stacked two of the rounds for the mound of gold and jewels, and shaped the third for Smaug’s body.
His neck, head, legs and tail are made of marzipan. I sprinkled yellow tinted sugar over orange icing to create a beautiful sparkly gold effect on the treasure. I made sparkling candy and poured it into aluminium foil moulds for the wings. I poured the extra candy onto a greased sheet and cut it up for the jewels that stud the treasure.
Just before serving, the neck broke (I think my marzipan was too dry), and he needed emergency repairs. Otherwise, he held up beautifully and was a great hit with kids and parents alike.
Cool Dragon Cake for a Ninja Birthday Party
Last year my son wanted to have a ninja birthday party. I couldn’t find a ninja cake that I really liked and could make myself. I only bake once a year for his birthday and my designs need to be fairly simple to make.
I love using real butter cream frosting, and marshmallow fondant & the kids love the way they both taste.
This was the first time I experimented with using melted chocolate to add details to the cake, and I found that using chocolate is a fairly simple way to shapes for decorations.
Again, my cakes need to be simple – I don’t even know how to use a pastry bag without making a complete mess.
The dragon is a bunt cake and the head, tail, and feet are cut out of cake as well. The red butter cream frosting is piped onto the body for texture. The eyes teeth and claws are all fondant. To make the wings I drew an outline on parchment paper then piped melted chocolate in the outline. Textured it while it was still soft and then shaped them over a roll of paper towels. When the chocolate hardened outlined the wings and spikes with red chocolate.
To make the dragon shimmer I used the edible glitter dust in red.
The kids loved the cake!
Coolest Green Dragon
When my sweet girl turned 6 she asked for a Dragon cake, so I set about having a look on this website and the internet for inspiration. This cake was so much fun to make, I started with 3 round sponge cakes, two I trimmed a third off of and put them against each other for the body. The third I cut out the outside rim and used that to make the tail. The extra left over bits of those cakes managed to become the legs. For the head, I baked a loaf tin of sponge cake and trimmed out a ridge for the eyes.
I made butter icing to cover the body (one portion would be 175g of icing sugar, mixed slowly into 100g of softened butter). The only problem was that this was before I discovered gel coloring, so I was using liquid food coloring, and because the butter icing looked quite yellow, I had to use so much coloring to start turning it green that I have to confess – it didn’t taste great. Anyhow, I arranged the body pieces together and iced it up all green and dragon like, then because it was so soft I hit on the idea of using smarties for scales, it was such fun putting them on and it looked really effective too.
By now my husband had come to watch and he starting helping out with the decoration. The teeth were his idea, he took apart some Licourice All Sorts and cut the white squares into triangles for teeth on the side of the jaw. He also picked some out for the eyes and nose. We cut some After Eights Dinner mint chocolates in half for spikes down the dragons back, and pushed chocolate buttons into the feet for claws. Then I shaped some ready made green icing for horns.
Lastly we decided it looked more like a lizard than a dragon and needed some wings! I glued some green, winged shaped paper to two little plastic paintbrushes from the girls’ art box and pushed them into the dragon’s back – it totally transformed the cake. My daughter was so chuff with the cake when it was revealed the next day, she grabbed me in a big cuddle!
Deadly Dragon Cake
This was a dragon cake for a 15yr old boy. Hand carved and covered in fondant. The eyes are M&Ms. The wings, scull, bones and blood are all made of candy melts. The scroll says: do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons...for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup! No wimpy cake here!
Coolest Fire Breathing Dragon Cake
When my son requested a fire breathing dragon cake I was a bit concerned. This is what I came up with.
I baked two 9 inch rounds, a 6 inch round, and half of the Wilton ball pan (for the head). Once cooled I cut one round in half and “glued” together with butter cream. I then placed the flat side down on a fondant covered round board. I then placed the 6 inch round on the board and carved out a small area (about 1/2 inch) from the top middle of the cake out towards where the mouth would be (this helped to make the mouth look open). Placing butter cream on top then adding the half circle on top for the head.
The eyes, horn, nostrils, spikes, and #7 were all made from fondant and set out to dry. I carved the tail and legs from the other round cake and put in place. I then frosted the entire cake with homemade butter cream and sprayed with Wilton green coloring (I could have just dyed my butter cream green and then frosted too). Finally I placed all of the fondant pieces on the cake and placed in the freezer.
The candles were trick candles and created the perfect fire breath. They kept relighting after he blew them out. Another cake far from perfect but a huge hit with the guests and my 7 year old.
Awesome 3D Fire-Breathing Dragon Cake
My son wanted a Dragon Cake for his birthday, but he wanted an actual dragon. This was the first time that I ever needed to visit the hardware store to make a cake. I bought a solid board for the cake to sit on. I also got a flange and some PVC piping and fittings. I wanted the dinosaur to have a long neck and it needed support.
The body of the dragon is a cake carved. Then I built up the neck with RKT’s covered in modeling chocolate. His head is also RKT’s. To create the facial features, I used fondant to form the features. Then I covered him in fondant and decorated him. Wings are made from Gum Paste. Then to complete the look, I put green butter cream around him with gold coins since he was guarding the treasure.
It was all worth it, when my son saw him.
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