Dora the Explorer Cake

This post contains affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks so much for your support in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here.

Dora the Explorer Cake

Today I’m sharing a new Dora the Explorer Cake!  This bright cake was inspired by a photo sent to me from a customer.  I was unable to find the original source or designer, but if you recognize it, let me know!

On the bottom tier, I used diamond cutters to do the harlequin pattern and then rolled out the fondant balls border by hand.  I glued them both on with sugar glue.

I’ve yet to find a shortcut for rolling out those balls, but if you know of one, pu-leeez let me know!    My friend Dawn from Dawn Bakes Cakes suggested the Play-Doh Candy Cyclone, so I bought one but I just kept clogging it up with my homemade marshmallow fondant.  I need to email her and ask her if she has any tips or tricks to make that work.  Or do you guys have any?  Please leave me a comment!

On the top tier, I used daisy cutters from the Wilton Gum Paste flowers set and small circle cutters for the dots.

Dora the Explorer Cake Topper

For the Dora on top, I printed out a template and used it to cut it out of gum paste with an xacto knife.  I just did a Swagbucks search for “Dora Coloring Pages” and found one I liked!  After it was cut out, I let it dry for an hour or so, then I used food markers to draw/color in Dora.

For the stars on top, I used the technique described in my How to put Stars (or other shapes) on Wires for Cake.

Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

This cake was all vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream.  All decorations except the gum paste Dora were made with homemade marshmallow fondant.  The cake sizes were 6″ and 8″ round cakes.

Do you have any questions about this cake?  Please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer and help out!

One or more links in this post are referral and/or affiliate links.  Read my disclosure policy here.


  1. Julie says

    Hey again, Rose!
    How many layers are your cakes? Sometimes I think two layer cakes don’t seem “big enough” to get a good feel for decorations! Do you typically use three layers? Thanks!


    • Rose says

      I buy my boxes at OfficeMax. I just use brown boxes for all of my tiered cakes – nothing fancy… 12×12, 10×10, etc. For small cakes, cookies, cupcakes, I get my boxes at They actually sell tiered cake boxes there that look really nice, but they’re way more expensive than the boxes at Officemax.

  2. Julie says

    Wow, 1/2″ of frosting! My cakes always seem to show, like an indent or a bulge if I put that much frosting! They are very often not as neat as yours are, where you can’t tell by looking where the frosting is! I wonder if my fondant has been too thin?

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *