As my youngest daughter’s 4th birthday approached last year I asked her what kind of cake
she would like to have to take to celebrate her birthday at Kindergarten.
“Dora, mum, I want Dora the Explorer”
As the words came excitedly from her mouth I winced in pain as thought to myself… “How on Earth….”
As if the show itself wasnt painful enough I had to attempt to recreate the annoying beast….. Why??? oh Why??? I screamed!!!
But as parents do countless times a day, I sacrificed my hatred for Dora and her shrill voice and started planning a birthday cake to please the socks off one very excited little child.
After a quick Google of other people’s creations I quickly determined that I would not have the time or the patience to create an actual Dora shape so a number 4 was the next best thing.
I got to work with the sketch paper and came up with a design inspired by some figurines I had purchased at the local toy shop.
Ok here’s what I used:
* A packet mud cake mix and required ingredients x 2.
* TV Snax Choc coated biscuits.
* Cottee’s Blue Jelly.
* Icing Mixture, Green & Blue food colouring.
* Choc coated sultanas.
* Plastic Dora Figurines.
Bake your mud cake according to packet directions in a large rectangle baking pan. Once cooled, cut the cake into 3 even sized strips.
Following my photo diagram cut the strips to create a number 4 shape and place on a cake board.
Using your icing mixture make a large batch of light green butter-cream icing (I just googled a recipe). Cover the entire cake with the light green mixture, including the sides of the cake.
With the remaining light green icing mixture, add some more green food colouring to darken the icing colour.
Place a few random blobs where you would like the darker colour to be and use a fork to swirl it amongst the lighter colour to make a ‘grassy’ effect.
Trim the TV Snax Choc Biscuits so the are approximately the same height as the side of the cake.
Push them against the icing around the whole cake to hide any messy edge bits.
Add some blue icing across the number 4 to resemble a river.
Use the choc covered sultanas as a rock edge to the river.
Position the Dora figurines where you want them on the cake. I added some extra trees from Jai’s army kit (well washed of course) and piped a light orange line around the top of the cake.
Place the cake in the fridge overnight whilst your blue jelly sets.
Once your jelly is set you can spoon small amounts onto the blue river section of the cake. This gives it a real watery look and the kids go crazy for it.
Add your candles or sparklers to finish off the cake and get ready to sing, sing, sing….. Happy Birthday….
So there you have it. The easiest Dora cake in history!
The children at kinder thought it was fantastic, the parents wanted to know where I had ordered it from and little miss Veruca was the happiest I had seen her in ages!
Certainly well worth the time and effort to see the look on her face, and I must admit, the cake was absolutely delicious aswell!