Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

A 3D Dora the Explorer surprise birthday cake, with chocolate fudge cake and Madagascar Vanilla bean filling. "We did it!"

We constructed a frame for Dora using PVC pipe and joints, with several wood platforms for the body and head.

The PVC pipe is not easy to work with, as it is difficult to make the Rice Krispies and fondant stick. That was until I tried my secret weapon from Argentina - homemade Dulce de Leche.

Various photos in this post show how we built her up, added the cake and crumb coat, then working up the body adding her multi-colored outfit and backpack. Her hair is made up from Rice Krispie treats, covered in brunette color chocolate fondant.

Apart from getting her facial expression right, the cake proved quite a challenge to deliver, since Dora is very top heavy, but we made it!


  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing how you made the cake. I can't imagine how stressful that cake delivery was. Awesome Dora!

  2. The Delivery was indeed our hardest ever, but "We did it!"

    I should have mentioned that at first we couldn't get anything to stick to the PVC pipe. The Rice krispies just peeled back off. Until I tried my secret weapon from Argentina - Dulce de Leche. Magic.

    And the Rice Krispie hair also needs a semi-circular cardboard support, otherwise it cracks and falls.

  3. I was curious to know how you stacked the cake onto the pvc? any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you