Dora the Explorer is a loved character that means excitement and adventure to many children. Having a cake made of this character can thrill your daughter on her birthday. It's especially great for a birthday party with her friends. All will get a thrill out of this popular character. Below you'll find all you need to know to make a special Dora the Explorer cake for your daughter's birthday.
Prepare your batter
Stir together the white cake mix, eggs and oil, and add the vanilla. Mix until all the lumps are gone, and batter is smooth. You may use a large spoon or an electric mixer to create the batter.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the pan for the addition of the batter. There are a few ways to grease this pan, the best way to do this is to use oil and make sure you get in every area on the inside of the pan. Once you feel you have added enough oil to coat the pan, sprinkle flour into the pan. The flour should also cover all of the pan. This includes the sides.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a butter knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow this cake to cool on a counter top until cool to the touch. While it is cooling, you can prepare the display area, which is your platter.
Make sure the cake is cool. When it is, place the platter on top of the cake pan, and invert them so that the cake pan is on the top. Your cake should slide out in one piece onto the platter.
Add a few tablespoons of the frosting into 3 separate bowls. Gather the food coloring. Mix the frosting into the dark brown shade for Dora's hair and eyes in one bowl. Add in the coloring slowly to avoid pouring in too much. In another bowl, you will also need to mix up a fair amount of very light brown frosting for her face. That is for her skin tone which is light brown. Use the tiniest amount of food coloring to start. The third bowl will be pink. You will also need about a teaspoon of pink frosting for her lips. Make sure to leave a few teaspoons of frosting white to complete her eyes.
Assemble one pastry bag with the writing tip and a few teaspoons of the darker brown frosting. Follow the outline of Dora's hair and eyes with frosting. Change the tip to the star tip, make several stars of frosting for the hair, and add one star of dark brown frosting into the eye area for her pupil. In another bag add the lighter brown frosting and use this for her face area, making several small stars. In your last pastry bag, add the pink frosting and with the star tip fill in Dora's lips.