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Feb '10

Cake Decorating 101

What you should know is that my Mother used to make cakes like this.  I guess that’s why I know how to do this.  I always loved that my mom took the time to make me a decorated cake of my favourite character.  I did for some time, while living in Virginia, have my own business decorating cakes for birthdays and weddings.  It’s definitely fun but takes heaps of time.  I think it will be fun to make cakes for my niece and nephew for their birthdays – it’s something I can do to contribute.

Thanks Mom for teaching me this great trade

So Amanda, my sister-in-law talked it over and we came up with Dora. 

dora1.jpg Step 1.  First you have to come up with a drawing for the size of the cake.  I use baking paper to make my drawing because it is easy to erase and it takes me a bit to get everything perfect.  Yes, I said perfect.  I’m no artist, I just find a picture of the character and do my best to replicate it into a larger size.

Step 2. Bake your cakes.  This took 3 round cakes. Trim the tops using a cake trimmer or a knife works just as well – so all the cakes are the same height.  Place them top down on your board.

Step 3.  Cut the cakes into the pieces that make the shape for your character.  I used one round for the face then cut pieces for the hair from the other two cakes.  Her hair is chocolate and marble, face is white cake.  Using different cakes also gives options for flavour.  I also placed extra trimmed pieces of cake on the hair before icing, to give it a 3D effect.


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Step 4.  Make your icing.  I bought premade icing and using food colouring made a tan for the face, brown eyes, and black hair.

Step 5.  Do any flat surfaces first, on this cake I did the face icing flat then used an icing bag and tool for the hair.  Smooth out the icing on the face then draw on eyes using writing icing or a writing icing tool.

Step 6.  Use an icing bag and tool, here I used a 16mm star shape to do the hair.  Make little stars all over to fill in the area.

And… you’re done…


 Hola Dora!

So, 2nd Happy Birthday Madden – Love Auntie Lainey

And.. I love you Mom.

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