Finished Dora Doll Cake

2 Sep

I had so many different ideas- fondant bodice and flowers, etc but in the end I decided to keep my sanity and do something simple. I made many mistakes, but Abbey loved it & that’s really the point anyway.

I baked a cake in a Kitchen Aid mixing bowl filled half way for her skirt and the cake underneath that was made in a 10″ springform pan.

I had originally iced the cake to make it look like it was all her dress with ruffles all the way down, but it was too heavy and pulled so half of her dress came off. That is why the grass is there.

I iced her dress in tinted buttercream (recipe below) with a knife. I then used tip #104 to pipe ruffles on her waist and bottom of dress. Tip # 224 was used for the flowers on her dress and grass. The bodice and grass were made with tip # 18.

I recommend using gel food coloring as opposed to liquid – the gel gives a nicer color and doesn’t change the texture of the icing like liquid. I found mine at the local Walmart – they are Wilton.

Buttercream Icing:

2 sticks butter- softened not melted

1 stick Crisco

1 1/2 bags powdered sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

milk or half and half

Cream together butter, crisco and vanilla until well mixed. Add the powdered sugar gradually with mixer still running. Add small amounts of milk as needed. Beat until fluffy.

* I don’t usually like to use Crisco, but using all butter runs the risk of the icing being too soft and runny with decorations. The crisco helps the icing to “crust” which

makes it easier to pipe with It is possible to use all butter, you just  may need to put your icing bag in the fridge for a few minutes if it gets runny.


For those of you who like to see the before, this is how she started off:















And this is the final Dora:  


7 Responses to “Finished Dora Doll Cake”

  1. TheSuburbanSoapbox September 2, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    You did an amazing job! The cake looks great and I’m glad your daughter loved it!

  2. Terri at Time To Be Inspired September 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Dora turned out really well – just “adorable”. You get “good mommy” points for that for sure!

    • gelisgoodies September 5, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you! It was fun, but definitely glad that I don’t have to do another cake for quite awhile 🙂

  3. mydearbakes September 15, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    This looks real brilliant! =)

    • gelisgoodies September 15, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      Thank you! That is a big compliment coming from you….your cakes are gorgeous!

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