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This Dora The Explorer Cake will definitely make a big impression on your little adventurer. Imagine her delight when she spies this unforgettable 3rd birthday cake!
There's adventure all around with colorful fish and sea grass, a Giraffe friend for Dora and even a blazing sun high in the sky. But the star of the show is definitely Dora herself, with her ever faithful backpack.
Dont worry it only looks difficult. Its not, but your party guests wont know that when they are in wow factor overload as the cake is presented.
And don't forget to pick up some cute, co-ordinating party supplies
ingredients for a perfect Dora The Explorer Cake Youll Need
- Cake - Choc Chip Pound Cake is always a hit
- Filling - Cookies & Cream is perfect
- a batch of buttercream
- sky blue, yellow and orange gel food color
- White candy melts
- Orange candy color
- Black candy color
- Pink candy color
- Yellow candy color
- Violet candy color
- Wax paper or parchment paper
- Ziploc sandwhich bags
- #233 grass decorating tip
- Plate or board to hold finished cake
first steps to a successful Dora The Explorer Cake
- bake the cake(s) and cool completely.
- level the cake(s) and split each into two layers horizontally.
- fill and assemble each cake on a separate cake circle and secure with a dollop of frosting to stop it from sliding around.
- add a crumb coat - this is a very thin coat of un-tinted buttercream you apply to 'set' the crumbs.
- refrigerate the cake(s) while you make the Chocolate decorations.
this dora the explorer cake needs some Chocolate Decorations
Just think of this as tracing and painting like you did in kindergarten really! Its a simple technique with big results for your Dora The Explorer Cake.
- find a picture of Dora and a giraffe that you like and photocopy or print to about 3 high for Dora and 4 high for the giraffe. Just draw a simple outline for the sun about 5 high.
- tape these to the back of a cookie sheet and cover with wax or parchment paper. Tape some wax paper to another cookie sheet for the fish.
- divide the white candy melts in to six small dishes.
- take one dish of candy melts - melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds on high, stir and repeat until completely smooth and tint black using your candy colors.
- using a small artists brush, trace the outline of each shape fairly thickly and any details you want outlined or filled, such as Doras facial features, hair and clothes, the giraffes facial features and the spiral detail on the sun. Allow to set while you prepare the next color.
- tint the candy melts orange next and using a medium artists brush place the color quite thickly on Doras shorts, in the center of the sun and on the giraffes spots.
- next, fill in the yellow around the outside of the sun and all over the giraffe.
- using the same method, fill in Doras pink shirt next, then the purple backpack and finally her face, arms and legs with the flesh color.
- let set for at least 1 hour and peel off the paper carefully and flip over to reveal the finished design!
Dora The Explorer Cake assembly
- divide the buttercream in to four bowls.
- Leave one white and tint the others light blue, medium green and orange.
- frost the sides of the smaller cake using orange around the bottom edge, green around the middle and blue around the top edge and top of the cake. Dip your spatula in hot water and do a final smooth over the sides to blend the colors slightly.
- frost the larger cake with blue frosting around the bottom edge and green around the top edge and top of the cake. Smooth the sides last with a spatula dipped in hot water to blend slightly.
- put your tiered cake on to a plate or board now and secure with double sided tape to stop the cake from sliding around.
- using orange frosting a Ziploc bag (medium hole snipped in one corner), pipe a thick ring around the bottom edge of the smaller cake.
- using white frosting a Ziploc bag (small-medium hole snipped in one corner), pipe a freeform squiggly line around the bottom edge of the larger cake and some clouds around the sides of the smaller cake.
- using blue frosting a Ziploc bag (small hole snipped in one corner), randomly pipe some small groups of squiggly lines in the white frosting, as shown.
- randomly place the chocolate fish into the blue frosting water and, above each one, pipe a line of air bubbles rising to the surface.
- using a serrated knife make 1 ½ cut into the center of the top of the cake to hold the sun.
- gently push the sun in to the cut you just made, as shown.
- position Dora and the giraffe together on the side of the smaller cake so that they appear to be at the waters edge, as shown, and secure with a large dollop of frosting on the back of each figure.
- using the #233 tip and green frosting, pipe grass all around the waters' edge.
- pipe a birthday message on the board around your Dora The Explorer Cake (optional).
You're done! Now go get a well deserved cup of coffee and sit back for a few minutes to admire your handiwork. Remember to take a picture while your masterpiece still looks perfect.
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