This Dora birthday cake is my first attempt at fondant. I used 2 8-inch chocolate cakes for the bottom layer and 2 6-inch yellow cakes for the top layer. Both are frosted with white icing and then placed in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

I ended up making my own marshmallow fondant – much better than the store bought fondant! For the whole cake I used 1.5 batches of fondant. I colored it as I needed it. For the stars and number 2, I made them a few days ahead of time and let them dry out. I bought a plastic Dora figurine for the top of the cake. My husband drilled a small whole in the plastic for a wooden skewer to make sure she would not fall over.

I got my idea after searching on the web and found a similar design/color scheme. This was fun to make and not crazy difficult. Total decorating time for the fondant part was about 3 hours. This cake was a surprise and my daughter LOVED it!