Skip to main content

Dora the Explorer

Last fall at work we had a silent auction for Run for the Cure and I donated a 2 layer 8" cake for the cause.  Our VP won the item and this week I got make the cake for her.  Her daughter is turning 2 and like any 2 year old girl these days is a fan of Dora.  I added two stars to represent turning 2.  However, Miss E informed me if I done them in the proper colours they would be like actual characters.  That tells you I never really paid attention to the show.  Went with lots of flowers.  I still cannot dye fondant to look like any proper shade of purple.  However, I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the Americolor dyes.  With the squeeze bottles it so much easier. 

Miss E's opinion of the finished cake: "If I was still into Dora, I'd think it was a pretty cool cake."


As an extra I was asked to make these cool Swiper cucpakes.  I was up for the challenge.  Normally I only use butter in my icing but for this exercise shortening usually works better for melting and avoiding discolouration.  With every step that I followed as per the instructions I kept thinking of a back up plan because I was not liking the results.  The instructions are pretty vague and the picture is very small for reference.  Clearly I'm used to getting ideas from other bloggers who are super fantastic with step by step instructions.  In the end they turned out okay, not my most professional look but from a 6 year old and a 2 year old's opinion they thought they were cool.  Using any type of icing is definitely not my forte for decorating.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Baby Shower Cake

One of the teams on my floor had me make a cake for one of their co-workers going on off on mat leave earlier this month.  She doesn't know the sex of the baby so I made it as neutral as possible.  This was an 8" two layer chocolate cake.  I just used some circle cutters to make the polka dots and the lettering.


The unofficial shot of the cake I caught Willow trying to get at the cake. She got pretty close before I shooed her away.

Owl in Tree for Lindsay

Shocking that inspiration for this cake came from Pinterest which in turn came from the blog the Bitten Word which in turn came from the November 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living.  I'm sure that in the baking world you could play Six Degrees of Martha Stewart no problem.  One day I might actually make this cake, but the only part of this recipe I used was the caramel, and it was only half the recipe. I used the Perfect Chocolate Cake recipe for the cake.  You really can't go wrong with this recipe and I have no desire to deviate.


This is part II of Lindsay's birthday celebration.  She is an amazing friend, well, the best friend a girl could ask for, so naturally she deserves the best cake.  I knew that chocolate and caramel would be a winning combination for her.  Then for the decorating I didn't want to cover it in fondant as I still think covering this icing is a crime against nature!  On the other hand I find decorating chocolate a challenge.  Fortunately I found…

Toilet Paper Roll Birthday Cake

This was a fun cake to do.  At first I really wasn't sure how it would turn out.  In the end I thought it was hilarious.


So, I started off with an 8" two layer square vanilla base tier.  The filling was raspberry mascarpone mousse.  It is so good!  Then I covered it using the grass tip to look like carpet with buttercream icing.  I would have used the filling but I didn't drain out the seeds and they would have clogged up the tip.  It wouldn't have been pretty.  Instead I dyed it to match the filling as close as possible to make pink shag carpet.
For the toilet paper roll I did a 6" 3 layer cake and covered it in fondant.  I added an extra piece of fondant to make it look like the paper was unraveling.  On the top I added a black circle of fondant to look like the empty space from the roll.  Lastly, I took a toothpick and spun the cake around to make the indentations of a "roll" of toilet paper.
The signs I made out of fondant.  In the picture I was sen…