A Very Dora Birthday Cake

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FishBaby turned two last week. Can you believe it?! She was born 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. 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. 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.

Be sure to let the kids help!

4. Arrange your Dora the Explorer figures. I bought these Fisher-Price Dora toys from Amazon (with Swagbucks). 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. 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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  1. awww she’s so cute. I’m glad she had a happy birthday. My niece L-O-V-E-S Dora too, and I love my niece so I have purchased many Dora items and watched many Dora shows over the last few years.

    Your older daughter looks exactly like you. She’s like a mini Jessica! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. My oldest baby was fascinated with the power rangers for almost a decade, in particular the red ranger(as a two, three, four, five and even six year old he’d adamantly insist he was going to be the red ranger when he grew up). We teased him that for his 18th birthday we were going to get him the adult Disney costume of red ranger.

    My kids love making theme cakes and receiving them for their birthday.

  3. She’s so cute! I love the little smile while she’s looking at the cake.
    My mom always made us special cakes for our birthday growing up (I’m actually going to be sharing them on my blog during September, but the photos are 20-30 years old, so you can’t see the cakes too well.). But my favorite birthday cake “memory” would have to be for my 13th birthday. I insisted on having sparklers on my cake instead of candles. Well, it isn’t easy to get 13 sparklers lit at once & I had 12 other impatient girls there waiting for cake. By the time they were lit no one really want to sing Happy Birthday to me (although they did any way)…and there wasn’t anything to blow out because they were sparklers. Oh well, I can’t blame anyone but myself since it was my “great” idea!

  4. This is too cute! My daughter never got into Dora, or hasn’t yet, but if she does, I plan to make this cake. It is cute but doesn’t look too difficult for my inexperience as a cake maker!

  5. Great cake!

    My son’s second birthday is on Thursday and we are going with an Elmo theme! It’s funny how kids get hooked on one character and that is the center of their universe.

  6. Her grandmother’s name was FishBaby, too?! Happy birthday FishBaby! Adorable cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What a cutie little girl with a cute cake!! My 2 yr old daughter also loves Dora, she is loving looking at the pictures of this cake!!

    Her birthday cake at 2 was Peppa Pig, though she got a little upset that we ate her!!!!