How to make a Dora Birthday Cake

I’m going to  finally start to tell you how to make a Dora  Cake. I have all my marshmallow fondant made and colored.  Sometimes when you make the MF (Marshmallow Fondant), you may or may not need to divide the 2 batch. If you need the
2 lb batch of fondant to be one color then it is easiet to add the color to the melted marshmallows.  It will save all the kneeding you have to do making the color you want after the fondant is made.

The first think I need is a  Dora coloring book. It so happened that I had a Dora coloring cook that was my granddaughter’s.  Now I need tracing and a pencil.  I draw or trace the  to parts of Dora and Boots.  For example: I draw doras hair, I draw Dora’s face, I draw her eyes and her mouth. I draw a pattern for Boots as well.  I take the desired color of fondant and add tylose powder to it. I then roll out the desired color for each part of the  puzzle whether it’s Dora or Boots. Once, all the pieces of my puzzle is cut out I then glue all the piece’s of Dora together and all the pieces Boots together.

I have cookie cutters to cut out all sizes of stars, flowers, and letters for the cake. I used decorating dough for the stars, flowers, and letters.  I got all the small and large stars cut out with the cookie cutters. I added a small amount of the glitter dust to a dishand then I add some clear vanilla to the it as welll.  I stir up the contents of the dish until mixed well. I then brushed it on some of the stars on the cake.  Finally, I cut out Happy Birthday and the little girl’s name. I let everything sit out to dry.

Now I start baking cake the cake the day before the Mom is to pick up cake. After getting the cake in the oven, I start to make make the buttercream and just enough to make fondant stick to cake. Some people don’t use buttercream,  they will brush the cake with a small amount of water and the use smoother to smooth out the fondant on the cake.  After the cake is cooled, then i start frosting the cake with buttercream. I put the cake in the fridge over night.

Now I add the fondant to the cake. Once I have covered all the cake and cut off excess fondant with pizza cutter or sharp knife, then I add dowels to each layer that has to hold a layer of cake.  Now, I have all the dowels in for the layers, I will add a small amount of buttercream to each layer that has to hold up another cake. The buttercream helps it stick together.  Now all the cakes are stacked.  I take  dowel and hammer the dowell that has been cut to about 9″ which is the size of all three layers of cake. I hammer the dowel through each layer. I use a hammer because  the hammer will help it get  through the cake board.

Finally we get to start adding the decorations to the cake. I had 3 stars that were on wire. I add floral tape to the ends of the wire just enough so that when I add the stars to the cake the wire isn’t touchig the cake. Anything wire that is touching the cake is not edible.  I’m not sure why but know wire can’t touch the cake or the any thing you use to make the decorations with is not edible.. I glue the decorations can be glued on with a number of edible glues. You can use buttercream,  royal icing or a little Tylose powder with water added to it. I glue qll my decorations on to the cake. Then I add the leters to the star on the middle tier. I was able to have Happy Birthday to  go around the cake because the letters where on the stars so I added  her name on the top od the bottom layer.

Everything with this cake was easy and no trouble at all. I enjoyed this cake and didn’t stress about it. I have a football cake to tell you about next. This football cake is all buttercream icing.

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How to make marshmallow fondant and gum paste using Tylose Powder

Today I’m tell you how to make marshmallow fondant.  I know I told you I was MMF oing to tell you how to make the Dora cake but I thought today would be a good day to tell you how to make marshmallow fondant. You will need the following item to make the marshmallow fondant:

16 oz bag Marshmallows
2 lb bag od Powder Sugar
2 Tbl spoons  of cear vanilla
2 Tbl spoons of water
Vegetable oil spray
A microwave dish big enough for all the marshmallows
A spoon to help mix ingredients in the beginning

You will need to spray the bowl and spoon this will make it easier to clean. Add the marshmallows to bowl,  add the water and vanilla. You don’t have to add clear vanilla if your going to color the fondant or you don’t need a true white fondant. Now you will place the bowl in microwave. Microwave for 1 minute take out stir the marshmallows and place bowl in microwave and then microwave for 30 sec. You will microwave and stir until all marshmallows are melted. The time to melt marshmallows may vary from one microwave to another. 

Now that the marshmallows are meted you will add the powder sugar a little at a time in the bowl of marshmallows. Some recipes will tell you to put powder sugar to a greased counter top or table. Why dirty up a a table or counter too when you don’t need to. You will stir with a sppon at first. I use wooden spoon. When the marshmallows and powder sugar start looking like a douh then you will need to cover hands with shortening.  Then add more powder sugar to bowl and kneed the sugar into the marshmallow fondant. You may not use all the powder sugar but you will need until not sticky. You will need t to add shortening to your hands, then rub the fondant with the shortening and wrap fondant in shortening.  When you cover the fondant in shortening,  it will keep  the fondant from sticking to the fondant.  I find that if I kneed the fondant with shortening that it helps keep it from being sticky. If you fondant is hard when you need to use it, you can microwave w few seconds or if not real hard you can keep kneading the fondant with shortening it will become more pliable.  If you have never used fondant, I suggest that you buy a box of fondant and get the feel of the fondant.  This will help you get a better idea of how the fondant is suppose to be.

I remember the first time I ever made fondant.  It wasn’t very good. I didn’t know how the fondant was suppose to be like. I added the entire bag of fondant, but thet recipe I was going by told me to add the entire bag of  powder sugar.  They didn’t say that you have to into consideration what the humidity is each day. You can put more in the marshmallows one day and less the next day. My fondant ended up rock hard. There was no way to make the fondant pliable.  I threw it away and I decided to go buy a box of fondant. Every since I bought that box of fondant, I have made good fondant.  No more rock hard fondant.

I also want to let you know that you can use fondant to make items to decorate your cakes. You can add tylose powder to your fondant to make it hard. This is become hard enough for your Dora, Flowers,  or Mickey mouse. It works really well.  I’ve gotten Tylose powder at a small local business called Sugar Bakers for $6. Ive bought 2 jars since I’ve started selling cakes. 

Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I do hope you enjoy reading my blog. I found out today that my Hair Stylist. She was in a deadly accident this past Saturday.  She was not just my Hair Stylist.  She was a dear friend of mine. I would like to ask you to pray for her family especially her 12 year old son that she left behind. He will need all the prayers he can get.  Thanks for all your prayers!

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New baby Arrives (Riley Aden Cole Green

I’m not writing much this time arund. I just wanted to share pic of my new grandson with all of you. His name is Riley Aden Cole Green.  He was born at 1:11 today, he measured 21 inches from hed to toe, and he weight was 7 lbs 2 ozs. He has some big feet.




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New baby Arrives (Riley Aden Cole Green

I’m not writing much this time arund. I just wanted to share pic of my new grandson with all of you. His name is Riley Aden Cole Green.  He was born at 1:11 today, he measured 21 inches from hed to toe, and he weight was 7 lbs 2 ozs. He has some big feet.




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Grandma’s Cookies

Leslie Ann’s – Grandma’s Cookies

I love to be in the kitchen with my kids and grandkids whether it’s baking or cooking. I’m going to be honest I love baking more than cooking as if you didn’t already know. I use to bake cookies in the kitchen with my children when they were younger.

I hope you will spread the love with your kids and grandkids by sharing this Leslie Ann’s Grandma’s cookies recipe.

Christian Faith Art Journaling and Bible Study

There is so much LOVE in cooking and baking.
Let’s  be intentional about FOCUSING on LOVE…….
To do this we need to do 2 things:
First, We must  LOOK for LOVE in our own lives
Second, we must  SHARE LOVE WITH OTHERS  🙂
As you read this recipe ask yourself these questions:
Who can I bake this recipe for?
Who can I show LOVE to this week?


Here is a wonderful memory and recipe I found on:

Bethani graciously gave me permission to share her cookie recipe 🙂


Bethani’s memories and recipe:

I only have one grandparent left, and that is my Grandma K. She is the picture board of vibrant, brilliant, funny, beautiful, and loving! I have SO many amazing memories of her from our independent film movie dates, LONG talks over dinner, laughing attacks as we discuss guys…

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A different kind of cake: Diaper Cake

Hello everyone

I am going to talk about a different kind of cake (diaper cake) because it’s what I wanted to do for my son and his girlfriend’s baby shower. I’ve never made a diaper cake  in my life. I didn’t want to make just a diaper cake so I made a diaper carriage.  


I want to remind you that it’s Tuesday, may 5th. This is when I get the call about my mom and I’m working on the diaper cake when my Aunt Sissy calls.


I used approximately 70 diapers, 3 receiving blanket, rubber bands, safety pins and some ribbon. It’s really not that expensive to make. I spent $15 for 104 diapers, and I think $8.00 for the blankets. I bought all the other items at a discount store.


I used 30 for the base of the diaper carriage. I put rubber bads around 15 of the diapers and then I put 2 – 15 rows of diapers side by side and then I wrapped them in a receiving blanket. I folded the blanket so that the blanket would fold up on the sides so that I can take a big rubber around the side. Once all that was done, I took about 8 diapers laid them flat on a receiving blanket and fold the blanket up. I took these diapers wrapped in the blanket and wrapped it around the front of the carriage base but let it peek over the top edge of the carriage base. This gave it the look of an actual carriage. Now for the cover that you pull over to keep the sun out of the baby’s eyes. I used baby wipes that come in the plastic container. I wrap a rubber band around the wipes and the base of the carriage. I take some diapers and tape the diapers on the wipes and this can be a little tricky because you have to put double sided tape on the front edge of the diapers. You want to let the diapers to hang over the edge of the wipes like I did on the base to give it a lip. You will wrap the 3rd blanket around the back and the front but when you get to front you want to put double stick tape on the front edge so you can push it up under the diapers and put double stick tape on the front of the wipes that way you can push the blanket against the tape and then tuck the blanket under the wipes. Finally, you will pin it under the carriage and wrap ribbon around the carriage.


Now to the wheels, you will need a round cake pan, and 8 diapers for each wheel. I start out using the pan but in the end I wrap the diapers around so that I can make it tight. I take a rubber band and wrap it around the diapers. I took some ribbon and cut it to the size of the each tire. Wrap ribbon around each tire and pinned the ribbon to te tire. I was not sure how to attach the wheels so this is why i pinned the wheels to the base of the carriage.


 I could have used yarn, some type of string or ribbon to attach base but the yarn would show on the front wheels unless I used a 4th receiving blanket as if it was covering a baby. Im not sure how it would because it would have to cover the bottom half of the carriage.


This is how I put the carriage together. Itwas my first and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed putting this carriage, making the cake and helping putting together the baby shower.  This helped me get my mind off my mother and my son.

My next blog is aboutt a real cake.  I have made a Dora cake and a Georgia cake. I hope you enjoyed the blog today.  I hope each and everyone has a blessed day. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog.

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Tom and Jerry Cake: Tom is cake covered in fondant and Jerry is made with decorating dough (it’s similar to modeling chocolate)

I made this Tom and Jerry cake a couple a weeks ago. I have to say that this is my favorite so far. I’m actually happier with Tom than Jerry. I just feel I could have done way better with Jerry.  I think that I made the mouth and cheeks too big. The young lady that bought the cake was very pleased with the cake and I guess that’s all that matters.  I’m harder on myself than anyone esle.

Tom was easy to make. I bought these cake pans off the TV years ago. It was a set of pans. It has a couple different round pans and this one that you put on top of one of the round pans to make a whole in the middle
for ice cream. I have seen on the Internet where people would cut out the middle of the caake to add candy to the cake. With this pan, I could add candy.  Anyway,  I used one of the round pans to make Tom’s head. After he cooled, I put a crumb coat of buttercream to his head, then covered his head with fondant.  For is mouth and his cheeks I she fondant.  I rolled the fondant and pulled corners to make it look like his check. I rolled a little more of fondant for his lip.

Jerry was a little harder to do because he his so small. I used Decorating Dough.  It’s really easy to use. Decorating dough is smooth and it’s easy to shape it into whatever you want to do with it.  I like it better than the gum past, just because I it’s much smoother than the gum paste.  It doesn’t harden as hard as the gum paste but you can put Tylose powder in it. You ill just use a tiny bit of powder in it.

Like I said earlier I feel Tom and Jerry is by far the best cake I’ve done. I am surprised how it turned out.  Tom was the eaies cake I’ve made.  When I have time I will try to make Jerry again  and hopefully he will turn out better. I hope you have enjoyed my blog. Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I hope you have a blessed day! 



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