My daughter loves Dora and when she turned three I themed her birthday party Dora the Explorer. I had the idea to make her cake in the form of a box birthday cake, so I decided to make it as a big square and a smaller square.
The cake was made from a chocolate mixture. For the larger cake I covered it with white Royal Icing and for the smaller square I coloured the royal icing blue and covered that on the smaller cake. I used cookie cutters and cut out blue, green and yellow flowers and polka dots.
I made a paste with icing sugar and water and pasted the flowers and dots onto the cake. I cut out a star from the royal icing and iced the number three onto it. For the ribbon I made this by making them in pieces and putting the pieces together and for the streamers I coloured the icing and twisted them.
I found Dora and Boots candles and placed them on the cake. This was the first cake in which I used Royal Icing and I was happy with the results.
I made two 9x13 cakes and used a whipped frosting with pineapple for the middle. I crumb coated with buttercream icing in green and put the cake in the fridge for about 2 hours. Then, I got pre-colored fondant and cut out the different polka dots.
For the bows, I rolled out pre-colored fondant and cut the strips about 4" long, then took each piece and did end to end to form bow loops and stood them on their sides on foil to set. I frosted the cake in bright green and used hot water on the spatula in between to keep the frosting smooth. My daughter doesn't like the taste of fondant, so butter cream icing was a must.
When it came time to add the polka dots and bows to the homemade birthday present cake, I added a dab of water on the backs of the polka dots to help them stick together and on the cake. To make the cake super moist, I used boxed cake mix and added a small box of pudding in a coordinating flavor and increased the egg count to 4.
I baked this Birthday Present Cake for my sister in law, she is a huge fan of pink!
I baked up 3 square sponge cakes. I then cut 2 of the cakes into smaller squares so that I could "pile them". I split the cakes and filled them all with strawberry jam and butter icing. mmmmm. I covered all 3 sponge cakes in butter icing so that the ready roll would stick.
I then rolled out my ready roll icing. And literally how you might wrap a parcel, I wrapped up the sponge cake securing with butter icing. Once I had wrapped all 3 parcels, I set about decorating them. Using cookie cutters I cut out the different shapes and then stuck them to the parcels using butter icing.
Then I rolled out the white icing and fashioned this into a bow. This was much easier than I thought it would be.
To ice all 3 cakes took me just 2 hours. But then I'm fairly new to cake making so perhaps it wouldn't take you as long. Really really pretty cake.