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A Very Dora Birthday Cake

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 31, 2010 @ 1:12 am In Baking,Birthdays,Cakes,Desserts,FishFam,Good Eats,Recipes | 13 Comments


FishBaby turned two last week. Can you believe it?! She was born [5] just a few months after LifeasMOM: The Blog and so many of you have known her even before she was born.

This little girl is a hoot, that is for sure. She looks a lot like her grandmother who passed away when she was a newborn. She bears her grandmother’s name, too. More than just a coincidence, I’m sure God had it planned all along as a sweet reminder.

And I’m sure that if Gramma Ruthie had been here last week she would have chuckled at FishBaby’s antics about the Very Dora Birthday Cake we enjoyed.


FishBaby has been fascinated with Dora the Explorer for quite some time. And “Dora” was one of her very first words. She also has this thing for donuts with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles. So, it was a natural choice to pair those preferences onto her birthday cake.

A Very Dora Birthday Cake

1. Choose the shape cake that you want to build your Dora scene on and bake a simple cake. Don’t be afraid to use a mix. Sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do.

I used a devil’s food cake mix, prepared with 1 cup yogurt, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, and 1/3 cup milk. I baked one round layer and one mini layer [7]. There was batter left over — it landed on my oven floor. So, if you choose to make a mini layer, make a few extras to use up the batter.

The cake was great! Very moist and flavorful.

2. Whip and tint your frosting. I whipped up a batch of homemade buttercream and tinted it pink with paste food coloring [8]. You could also use canned frosting, but homemade is way better.

3. Frost and sprinkle. Once the cake has cooled, frost the layers with a crumb coat. This is a thin layer of frosting that glues the crumbs to the cake. Pop the cake into the freezer for 10-15 minutes and that crumb coat will trap the crumbs. Layer on a thicker layer of frosting. Sprinkle away. We used Wilton Rainbow Jimmies [9].

Be sure to let the kids help!


4. Arrange your Dora the Explorer figures. I bought these Fisher-Price Dora toys [11] from Amazon (with Swagbucks [12]). My kids have always loved toys on their cakes. It’s a great way to combine a new toy into the party decor, too. Playmobil rock any boys’ cake theme.

5. Don’t forget the number candle. [13] These are a family tradition at our house.

I’m not sure that FishBaby will always remember her Very Dora Birthday Cake, but it was a sweet memory in the making.

What’s your favorite birthday cake memory?

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