My mum baked the cakes (using a gluten free cake mix) and cut them into pieces according to the instructions. She also bought the lollies and made the buttercream icing. The dragon required quite a large board. Larger than anything my mum or I have. Fortunately my dad is a whizz with his tools down in the shed and cut a piece of plywood to size, which was then covered with foil. Their mum didn't join in but she had already made some cute barnyard cupcakes like these for their party with friends the previous day.
When I arrived at mum and dad's place, everything was waiting for me. This made it very easy. I then had help from Ella in spreading the icing over the cake. Chris helped by taking Sylvia to the park at a critical moment. The rest of the kids helped with organising the lollies and placing them on the cake. I love the kids being able to help but it does require giving up some control. At one point four of us were adding smarties and there were at least three styles being applied.
One of the trickiest parts of doing the cake was that I forgot to take my hardcopy recipe that I had found in Super Food Ideas magazine. It had seemed like a good idea to rely on the online recipe. Big mistake! It was a really frustrating recipe. The only visuals were on the video, which had no rewind or fast forward. To find the bit where the cake pieces were assembled I had to watch some woman tell me how to bake a cake. I was most displeased.
How to Make a Dragon Cake
You will need:
- 1 x 20cm round cake (see my recipe suggestions here)
- 1 loaf cake
- 4 or 5 mini loaf cakes or another regular size loaf cake
- buttercream icing (250g butter, 3 cups icing sugar and 2 tbsp milk beat together until creamy with colours added as desired)
- 55cm square cake board
- 2 1/2 (total of 500g) bars of toblerone chocolate broken into triangles
- packet of m&ms or smarties (the recipes says 38 orange and 2 brown but I think you can be creative about colours)
- 2 chocolate bullets
- 5 jelly snakes - 3 red and 2 orange
- 6 lolly bananas (or alternatives for claws)
- 2 white marshmallows (ours were large marshmallows)
Cover cake board with foil (or use wrapping paper with clear cellophane over it or just coloured cellophane) and arrange cake pieces on the board. (If your board is not quite big enough the tail could be either curled around more or just shorter.) Now trim the pieces so they will join seamlessly and sit against each other nicely.
Spread buttercream icing one side of the 20cm round cake half and use it to sandwich together with the other half, as you can see in the large hump of the picture above. Use buttercream icing to join other pieces of the dragon together.
Place the toblerone triangles along the neck, back and tail of the dragon. The snakes are the fire that the dragon is breathing. The bullets become the nostrils and the marshmallows and 2 matching coloured smarties or m&ms (glue smarties/m&ms on with icing) become the eyes. The banana lollies are the claws but I would look for an alternative as I didn't think these looked quite right. The smarties or m&ms are used for spots on the dragon. The recipe I followed just had them on the haunches but I would have preferred them all over.
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