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Coolest Dora the Explorer Cake Ideas and Dora Cake Inspiration

For my daughter’s 2nd birthday I made this Dora the Explorer cake using a Wilton Dora cake pan. It was only my second cake ever and I’m not very experienced with piping…the directions from the pan seemed overwhelming so I just piped her hair and the outlines and spread the rest. I mixed the colours myself and used the same dark brown from her hair for the outlining. I used decorating candy stars in her eyes and around her.

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Cake by Emily P., Fairfield, OH

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

I prepared this Dora the explorer cake for one of my husband’s co-workers. His little girl loved Dora the Explorer. I didn’t find and buy a pan, so I decided to hand carve the cake and cover it with modeling chocolate (most children dislike the taste of fondant).

I made a chocolate buttercream for her flesh tone with a light hint of color to enhance her coloring. The modeling chocolate was all colored with powders for candy making from primary colors and blended to match Dora’s palate. The cake was a hit and everyone who looks at my site asks about the sheen on the cake, I tell them it is because of the modeling chocolate and they are amazed that it’s just like tootsie rolls.

Cake by Cheryl S., Cortland, OH

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

I made this cake for a friends little girl who loves Dora the Explorer. I used color flo to make her. I used a picture from a coloring book. I put a piece of wax paper over it to trace it and then filled it. This was great because all I had to do was frost the cake and add the design.

Cake by V. P., Canada

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

This Dora the Explorer cake was baked in a Wilton stand-up bear pan. I trimmed the ears, nose, and arms down to make it more like Dora the explorer, iced it in butter cream, and secured it to the bottom cake with long dowel rods thru the head of Dora the Explorer. The bottom layer was covered in fondant and fondant bug decorations.

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

Cake by Courtney R., Union, MO

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

I used the Dora the explorer cake pan (which took one mix) and made homemade buttercream frosting. I used a Wilton star tip for her body, hair, and clothing. I tried to stick with her bright colors.

Cake by Shivani S., Auckland, New Zealand

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

I made this Dora the Explorer cake for my daughter’s 4th birthday. She is a great Dora the Explorer fan so we had a Dora the Explorer party for her.

I made a chocolate cake and cut it out in Dora’s face shape. For icing I used chocolate butter cream for hair, fresh cocoa cream for the face, sugar paste for her eyes and mouth.

My daughter was thrilled to see the Dora cake and everybody at the party loved it.

Cake by Kris P., Lawrence, MA

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

The Dora the Explorer shaped cake is from the Dora Wilton pan. It was placed on top of a 1/2 sheet cake which was frosted and then sprayed with the Wilton spray on color.

The Dora the Explorer cake was decorated with the star tip. The Cake was 1/2 chocolate, 1/2 vanilla cake on the bottom and strawberry cake on top, all with buttercream frosting.

It was a hit at the party!!

Cake by Megan M., Fairmont, WV

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

This Dora the Explorer cake out of all of my cakes is one of my favorites. I was really proud of how this turned out. It was made for my friend’s daughter’s 3rd birthday and it took A LOT of work (it was huge).

It took two 11×15-inch cake pans. I cut her out and put the pieces together. Its been awhile since I did this one, that I’m not so sure of what all was cut out separately and put together. I actually took this picture off of my son’s pop-up tent so I also decided to add the little butterfly.

This cake turned out very well and my friend’s daughter loved it. I was very pleased!!!

Cake by Cathy M., Sumter, SC

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

This cake was for my daughter who absolutely loves Dora the Explorer. She has a Dora backpack that she brings to school each day that I used. I covered the picture on the backpack with waxed paper and traced it. Then I cut it out and placed it on the cake. I traced around it and then filled in all the details free hand. I used a Yellow Dream Cake recipe and the basic Buttercream frosting.

Yellow Dream Cake:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1envelope Dream Whip whipped topping mix
  • 1package (two layer size) yellow cake mix
  • eggs (number indicated on the cake mix box)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1package (4-serving size) Jell-O Brand Vanilla pudding and Pie Filling (Do not use instant)
  • 1 tsp superior Vanilla Butter Nut Flavoring (If making a chocolate cake, increase the water to 1 and 1/4 cup for a moister cake)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pans. Never fill pan more than one half full. Combine all ingredients and beat for EXACTLY four minutes. Bake 35 to 40 min.

Economical Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 Box confectionery sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (add salt to water and pour in)
  • 1/4 cup HOT water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or cream bouquet

Combine all ingredients and mix till smooth.

Cake by Sara P., Gilbert, AZ

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

An 8″ cake, just store-bought chocolate covered in store-bought white frosting. I used a plastic Dora plate for the design. I traced the outline of Dora on waxed paper, and then piped buttercream (#2 tip) on the outline on the waxed paper. Then, I transferred the outline onto the cake. When you do this, not all of the frosting outline will transfer onto the cake, but you get enough to see the shape and you have enough to work with.

I made buttercream in the various “Dora colors” and was only disappointed with the way her skin tone turned out; too red! I think that the key to making any character look good on a cake is to outline everything for the final step. This Dora birthday cake was a big hit for my 2-yr old daughter!!

Cake by Belinda M., Bronx, NY

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

This is a Dora the Explorer cake I made for a little girl. The Dora the Explorer cake is made with the cake mold from Wilton and the bottom cake is also a Wilton cake pan 16in round. I decorated the Dora the Explorer cake with decorating tips #3, #16, #21.

Make 6 cups of buttercream icing and tint 21/2cups blue tint, 1/2cups skin tone tint, 1/4cups brown tint, 1/4cups light pink tint, 1/2cups dark pink tint, 1/4cups red tint,1/2 cups black tint, 1/4cups yellow tint, 1/4cups violet. Put aside 3/4 cups white. You should first ice the cake sides and background areas smooth with blue icing.

Cake by Shari S., Houston, TX

Dora the Explorer Cake Photo

This Dora the explorer cake was made by using a 9×13 size pan and freezing the cake for easy cutting. I printed a photo of Dora off the Nick Jr. website. I used this as a template.

I used chocolate and vanilla icing mixed for the skin color and chocolate for the hair. The hair was “striped” by using a cake-decorating tool from Tupperware.

The eyes were vanilla wafers, with the bottoms cut off and frosted white, then layered with a chocolate frosted Necco wafer and a candy coated chocolate for the pupil. The nose was chocolate frosting piped on. The mouth was a fruit roll up. The cowlick of hair was chocolate frosted pretzel-sticks.

I made this Dora the explorer cake for a friend’s daughter and it was such a huge hit at the party. I also made a “Backpack” to go with Dora.

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